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Pale Hunter

Pale Hunter
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/19, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Dragonflies, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-27 5:45
Viewed: 5016
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another one from the archive. This is a Pale Hunter (Austrogomphus amphiclitus) a fairly common dragonfly from coastal eastern Australia. The have a wingspan of around 70mm and prefer flowing streams. They often come back to a favourite perch, so this shot was taken by simply waiting, lying on the ground until he returned.
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-27 5:54]

Hello Chris,
Well worth lying down and waiting for!
Your knowledge of the dragonfly return-to the perch behaviour has paid dividends.
The low POV is great, especially at this angle and the sharpness and DOF is what one could ask for, which makes this an excellent portrait of a Pale Hunter.
TFS this goodie,

Hi Chris, splendid dragonfly with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, fantastic colors and good DOF, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Chris,
a beautiful pose of this endemic dragonfly
thanks for details in a LP

best sERGIO

Very good macro work Chris. Good saturation. Well done.

Hi Chris,
A nice capture of this dragonfly "Pale Hunter". I like the name very much. Good details on the head and wings. But this is not a very good composition. You should have tried to keep the whole body in focus. Anyway I know it is not a easy thing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-27 12:09]

Hi Chris. A good close up of the face and body . you have captured a low POV which helps to make this one stand out. a good shine to the eyes and detail in the wings. well done TFS.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-27 12:42]

I like this one alot. Point of view is great, and black frame works great with the black on the dragonfly. Gary

Hi Chris,

looks really impresive in large version. Very well done idea.


Hi Chris,
a very well handled, difficult frontal approach with impressingly wide depth of field on the insect, and still sufficiently neautral background. In its pose, the dragonfly looks like a plane. Its jewel colours are tastefully well imbedded into the colours of sands and pebbles.
With thanks, and best regards,

P.S.: Hey, I like the look at the large version! Didn't know there is such an option here on TN to upload and display large images, too. Must find out about that.

Hi Chris,
I especially like this dynamic POV and wide framing/comp..
Excellent color, details, and DOF.
Your LP looks very nice, great quality.
Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-27 23:36]

Hi Chris!

Seems to be best strategy - to sit down and wait :-) Beutifull photo! Very colorfull dragonfly, great POV, nice pose. Unique eyes. I like frame also. Here in Poland we've got dragons season now.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-28 0:32]

Great macro Chris. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. Well done.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-28 20:34]

The large version is exceptional! I like the low POV, the super sharp focus, and the outstanding exposure and color. This dragonfly looks very much like many of our clubtails in the U.S. I see it has the similar habit of perching on low vegetation or on the ground. Great job!

Hello Chris,
Great "panorama" on this dragon fly !
Excellent sharpness and stunning colours
Well done

good focus & DOF , nice colors, 10 for patience. Good job!

Hello Chris!
What a low POV! You had to be really close to ground level when you photographed this dragonfly :)
Anyway, very nice and beaty picture. I like colours and sharpness :)
Best regards from Lodz!

In the larger version, the real sharpness on the face and thorax of this dragonfly becomes visible, Chris. The smaller version presents the compact shape of the subject, vis-a-vis the colourful grains of sand it is sitting on.
Well done and thanks for sharing this outstanding picture.

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