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Old Jul 13, 2007, 5:19 PM   #1
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I'm really starting to love this lens. This first subject was a real MONSTER, a good four inches long or more. He was absolutely confindant in his brilliant camoflage so was very easy to capture.. once I spotted him. Unfortunately it was very windy today so long exposures to get more DOF weren't happening. Would you have spotted this critter?

And some closeups. Maybe now you can spot him in the 'bush' His eyes, his face, his thorax.. everything blended. He was amazing. And his wings.. totally translucent..

Next a cool little guy, this one only an inch or two, who was busy munching on the sharp end of a thorn.
And last, and very much least, this itty bitty red fellow. Clouds were coming in, the wind was blowing, and any other excuse I can muster. The worst part was as I quietly tried to take his picture a buck shot up about 30 feet from me and bolted. Not so much as a bad blurry photo of him I'm afraid..

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Old Jul 13, 2007, 11:15 PM   #2
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[align=center]Here Be Dragons[/align]

Great series, the first one was certainaly well camoflaged, No. 3 is awesome and the red in the last is so vibrant.

Good Luck and keep up the good work in your further Dragon Hunts.
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Old Jul 14, 2007, 5:26 AM   #3
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Nice catches.

Don't have any problems with the dof, it is spot on. Even thing that nr3 wouldn't be better with a larger dof, imho the best of the bunch.

Keep up the great work


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Old Jul 14, 2007, 5:50 AM   #4
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Excellent captures.

I wouldn't have spotted him in the first pic till he flew away!

That 3rd pic though - magnificent, the casual way he has his legon the grass. Looks like a bloke downthe pub for the evening!


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Old Jul 14, 2007, 6:33 AM   #5
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They said it all.

I would look at it this way. You have handled a 'dog' (allegedly) lens really well .

Your 2nd (220mm at F8) and 3rd one (300mm at F16) have shown that the lens isn't a lemon at all. It is the photographer that counts.

Keep up with the good work

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Old Jul 18, 2007, 6:05 PM   #6
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the first shot?? no problem!! roger chases animals and i chase insects. i'm not sure if he knows that's it's pretty much the same. lol

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Old Jul 18, 2007, 8:03 PM   #7
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Dragonflies are a lot of fun and you got some nice shots there CC.

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Old Jul 18, 2007, 11:01 PM   #8
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Wonderful series - the first one shows just how big that fellow was (after looking for a couple of minutes I spotted him. In real life I would never have seen him!).
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