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Emerald In-Flight

Emerald In-Flight
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Sigma 72mm MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-26 1:32
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australian Emerald (Hemicordulia australiae)

Family: Corduliidae;

Size: 50mm;

Australian Emeralds are long and slender, with black pattern on yellow colour. The black patterns are shiny blue-green under the sun. Their eyes and mouth occupy almost all their head with bright green in colour.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-26 2:01]

Hi Chi
It was a case of 'now you see it, now you don't'. Fortunately it came back (chuckle).
Brilliant in flight capture of an insect that I can barely photograph while it is sitting still. Wow. No wonder they call these helicopters.
It is a lovely composition with exceptional colours, great DOF that captured very nice details, and perfect exposure control.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-26 3:35]

Hi Chi, excellent shot!

Lovley focus and action. The lighting looks great. Very well done on this one.

I'm not so sure that this belongs to the Gomphidae family though, the eyes looks to be touching at the top.

Daring shot, Chi. The results are excellent.
The image is sharp and the details are crystal clear.
Thanks for sharing.

Wow - what fantastic In flight!
Chi, this is an excellent picture. Great colours, lighting, excellent sharpness and great details. This is a very nice composition. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Hi Chi

What a beauty! Lovely saturation of colour.
Well composed. Excellent POV with clear sharp details. Nice work. :-)

hi chi,
superb inflight-shot! :-)
how did you do it?!
they are always so fast i can hardly
follow them only with my eyes.
speaking of eyes, its´ metallic green and
blue eyes are so cool.
well seen & captured,

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-26 4:43]

Great shot Chi!
Very dificult to take, but you did it!
Excellent "time stoping"!
Fantastic details on flight!
Very good DOF!
5* and TFS!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-26 5:36]

Hello Chi , well caught this Dragonfly flying!! Great lighting and sharpness, very well done, TFS, Didier.

Oh, wow, neat capture of this chap with his beautifully coloured eyes. Great stop-action capture, nice and sharp, and a clean bg to set him off.
I sure miss seing dragonflies around here, spring can't come soon enough.

Hello Chi Liu,
Excellent inflight, with very good sharpness, DOF, color and light. Very nice BG and well framed. Difficult shot, done very well!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-26 7:08]

Hello Chi!
Wonderful in flight macro.Sharpness,solid body,details,BG,
colors and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Chi Lui, Great photo, DOV Colors, The details are really great. I like the capture of this photo. TFS Kyle

Great capture, such detail and great eye colour. Well done...

Hi Chi!

Hope my last post didn't offend you, it's supposed to be cute, especially when most people are trying to figure out how Chi gets up an close to all those animals without spooking them. My theory is that you disquised yourself in a human size koala costume with your camera to get great images just like this really cool dragonfly you captured. :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-26 12:34]

Dreamshot Chi! To catch dragonfly in flight is my biggest photodream ;-) You made it perfectly. I love shinning body of insect and rainbow of colours on BG.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-26 13:32]

Hi Chi,
what a excellent shot!
Nice focus and action.Great colours, lighting,details,excellent sharpness and great BG.
Well done

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-26 13:44]

Chi, it's really incredible.

An amazing shot with great colors, pov and composition. Sharpness is great too.

A really stunning shot.


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-26 17:24]

Hello Chi,
An excellent in flight shot.
Good lighting,nice detail and good sharp focus.
Beautiful colours on this specimen.
Great shot.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-27 2:41]

An outstanding capture, Chi Liu.
Perfect on all counts.
Breathtaking in its beauty.
How did you do that????
TFS this truly amazing shot. : )

Once again, I am in awe - amazing image. An attractive subject, all the vital bits sharp, and a nice background too. It's amazing how "lucky" you can get if you dedicate the time, research and practice!
Thanks, Nigel.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-27 6:45]

Hi Chi, another brilliant macro. You have captured the dragonfly in flight excellently. Great colours, detail, POV etc. as usual. Well done and TFS.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-27 12:15]

Privet Chi.
It is very difficult to remove flying insects - I know. Bravo!

Hi chi

Excellent shot, I have a similar one that I haven't posted yet. Always nice to a dragon in flight and you've done very well here.

I don't think you've got the ID right, but info on Australian dragonflies is hard to find. Have a look at this link http://photos.rnr.id.au/2006/0114/dragonfly_Hemicordulia_australiae_Yarra060114-0377.jpg
and I think you'll find you have captured a Australian Emerald Hemicordulia australiae

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-27 20:16]

Superb macro, very well seen and done. It's a very impressive one ! Thanks !!


Hi Chi,
Not sure how I missed this, It is awesome! Great in-flight shot. Colors and detail are excellent. Perfect OOF backround. Very well done my friend!

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-03-29 20:41]

Congratulations, Chi, for this nice shot.
I have still a few months to wait before I will see such insect.
Superb focus, in flight. Colors, Bg. Bravo.


Hi Chi,
AMAIZING capture, specially because is in flight, excellent focus, colours, BG & exposure.
A masterpiece.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-04-01 15:57]

Hello Chi!
Unusual dragonfly, and excellent reflex to pouint it right in flight!
Best greetings,

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-04 19:45]

Hello Chi,
Just incredible focus on flight. Details and colors are just great. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Chi! This realy is a lovely shot! What Thor said almost hypnotic.
Thanks for sharing Paul

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-17 11:06]

Hi Chi,

Excellent shot!!!
Fantastic details on flight!
Very good DOF!

TFS :-)

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-19 7:47]

Hello Chi, What a difficult shot. I don't know how you did it. It does look like you frozen the time with your camera. Great details and colors. A magic moment. Thanks for sharing, Gabriel

Hi Chi,

I was going through all your pics. I am very much impressed. One thing that beats me is how are you able to catch pictures of creatures in flight so beautifully. I am sure you have a secret, you are willing to let me into.

Keep clicking,

TFS, Kiran.

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