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Dragon Fly for Red Greg

Dragon Fly for Red Greg
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-28 12:09
Viewed: 3686
Points: 24
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A Dragon Fly for Red Greg

I am not a fan of dragonflies or damselflies - I think they are really beautiful and I see so many (too many!!) amazing images here on TN, but here in New Zealand I hardly ever see any to take photos of.

This photo is the first and last I have ever taken of a dragonfly and I was not at all happy with it. I took this photo a year ago and didn't think it was good enough to post. I can tell you all its faults but you'll see them.

Anyhow, this is for Greg, who's not been well for a few months and hasn't taken any of his usual excellent colourful autumn photos. And now winter has covered Poland in snow.

Greg knows what I think of dragonflies, but I thought he might like to see a NZ one taken in Spring 2007.

I think enough has been written up on d'flies, and I'm sure you all know enough about them - I certainly can't tell you anything new about them.

So, get well soon Greg, and spring is just around the corner for you - only another few months.

Kia ora

siggi, eqshannon, Hamurkaroglu, crs, cataclysta, eng55, uleko, marhowie, Argus, fiyo, red45, loot has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-28 12:12]

Hello Janice,
Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb damselfly ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good, again ! Thanks for sharing .Best regards Siggi

No wonder you are where you are on the photos submitted list..it just took some time for folks wo see you high quality work. this is perfect. Well done...complex in nature is something which excites the neurons!

Hello Janice,
Beautiful. TFS.

Hi Janice,
Very good capture of this beautiful Damselfly with great composition and POV, sharp details and clear and natural colours.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-28 22:08]

Hello Janice,

I do not know why you are not happy with your photo. I think it is a very fine one. I like very much the way you have shown the light refelection on insect's wings. In the same time there can be well observed good details of wing's structure as well as body and head.
The butterfly stays very nice against the interesting and well rendered background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Janice
Great dedication for Grzesiek. Very nice sharp image with blured background, good composition. OOF flowers in background are also very interesting

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-29 1:21]

Hi Janice,
It's lovely dedication for Greg and i wish also he gets well soon.I think it's a wonderful shot and worth of posting.I liked clear details and sharpness a lot.Thanks for sharing.
Kia ora!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-29 3:51]

Hello Janice,
I think this is great, Janice, the dragonfly is nicely in focus and details very sharp. Its not your fault that it won't settle against a more neutral background! This is often frustrating but I think this looks very beautiful with the flower buds in the background and the colours are beautiful.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Janice - The "first & last" ??
Oh dear, it sounds like you feel a bit odonata challenged!
For your first, this is very good. You've got the whole insect in focus, with great details..Greg will surely like this as much as I do ;}
Kia ora back at ya,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-29 5:59]

Hello Janice,
The lighting and BG make this is difficult shot of a dragonfly but you have made the best of it IMHO with complete sharpness to make this show well from a fine POV.
It would be nice if someone could ID it.
Thanks for sharing this, it's rare to see dragons from NZ.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-29 10:24]

Excellent macro, Janice.
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-11-30 1:49]

Hello Janice!

I'm honored! I know that you don't like d-flies very much, but you must agree that this one looks great. Especially its shinning wings and yellow spots on body. Buds on BG made very nice composition with insect. Great work my friend!

Thank you again for dedication, I'll try to post something soon. By the way - no postman yet :-(

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-12-06 19:44]
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Hi Janice

Ok, so eventually you managed to capture one of those elusive NZ dragonflies (even though it was during the Spring of 2007). Good for you. I am sure Red Greg has appreciated your effort and this dedication.

Since you said: "I can tell you all its faults but you'll see them" so, I am not going to pounce on that band wagon. Yes I saw them (as you did) and so what. It won't help you anything if I expand on the nits. Anyway, that rare NZ dragonfly is long gone and chances that you will soon meet up with one of its cousins are probably rather slim.

Well done MF and TFS.
Kia Ora

PS1. I am pushed for time due to the project I am busy with (all day at work and late nights at home). This rat-race keeps me busy, busy, busy and far away from my friends at TrekNature however, today I want to take a break and go out to the iMfolozi Game Reserve as I won't have the opportunity the next 3 weeks. My 2 colleagues are both going on leave and that means I will have to work every weekend while they are gone.

PS2. Just to rub it in a little bit (sorry I have to do it publicly). I am sure you are well aware of our famous little rugby animals, the Springboks, whom, for a change, got the better of the Silver Ferned Kiwis (otherwise known as the All Blacks). The Springboks came from behind to beat New Zealand 12-7 in a tense but pulsating final of the IRB Sevens World Series last night. What say you & Dave?

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