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Old Aug 3, 2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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this dragonfly was hunting near the surface of a lagoon, looking for mosquitoes or whatever it is dragonflies like to eat... didn't have enough shutter speed to freeze the wings, but i rather like the movement anyway...
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Old Aug 4, 2008, 1:50 PM   #2
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If the wings were frozen, it wouldn't look like it was flying! This is terrific for such a difficult shot.
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Old Aug 4, 2008, 3:14 PM   #3
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WOW, Rocky!
great shot and what a gorgeous color
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Old Aug 4, 2008, 5:01 PM   #4
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Knowing how dragonflies like to flit, that is really amazing! I also like that the wings are not in stop-motion. It gives the impression of movement.
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this dragonfly was hunting near the surface of a lagoon, looking for mosquitoes or whatever it is dragonflies like to eat... didn't have enough shutter speed to freeze the wings, but i rather like the movement anyway...
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Yes, it's a great picture. The wings are just fine. Wonder how it looks further on. How do you like the push and pull lens. Faster?

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thanks, everyone, for the kind words...

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this dragonfly was hunting near the surface of a lagoon, looking for mosquitoes or whatever it is dragonflies like to eat... didn't have enough shutter speed to freeze the wings, but i rather like the movement anyway...
40D, 100-400L @ 400mm, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Yes, it's a great picture. The wings are just fine. Wonder how it looks further on. How do you like the push and pull lens. Faster?

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i like the 100-400L a great deal,but not because the push-pull style is faster; my Sigma could be used that way as well as with the twist ring, and i frequently did the push-pull thing with it. but the "L" is faster to focus, and the AI servo tracking is much less jerky. i've gotten dragonflies in flight with the Sigma, but it's abit easier with the "L"...
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Old Aug 5, 2008, 3:28 AM   #7
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Terrific shot, great bokeh.........................musket.
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Way to go Rocky. In flight shots of dragon flies are nearly impossible to get. My hats off to you buddy.

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As someone who has pressed the shutter a few hundred times on moving dragonflies I have to say you did a great job with a challenging subject.

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Amazing shot! I've spent a few hours trying to shoot them in flight, but have never even come close to your excellent photo. You obviously need a very fast focusing lens, or a lot of luck - or both. I'm still trying to get decent shots of hummingbirds in flight, and they're a lot easier to shoot than these rascals. Congratulations on a great photo!
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