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Old Apr 23, 2007, 5:37 PM   #1
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I found this instead of the bird I was looking for. Second shot is just a crop of the first one. I took a number of shots but they all look pretty much the same as he never moved, and I did not have any close up filters with me. I suppose I could have gotten closer but did not want to be a bother.









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Old Apr 23, 2007, 5:52 PM   #2
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Dragonflies are one of my favourite macro subjects. Just had a look on the web and this looks like a Common Green Darner.....pretty similar to our Hawker species in the UK.
Nice sharp shots there Happy, bet youre pleased with these.....i`m surprised its so close to the ground though, usually they settle higher up on foliage.

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Old Apr 23, 2007, 6:14 PM   #3
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D...i`m surprised its so close to the ground though, usually they settle higher up on foliage.

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Thanks for looking and commenting Mark. I was also surprised it landed by the ground. Higher would have been better to use aperture to blure out behind it so the wings showed up better, but if it was higher it probably would have spooked when I got close. They were all over the place. Had I time I would have looked for the perfect shot perch, but I did not and am more then content with these.
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 6:28 PM   #4
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Theyre much easier to approach on days of poor weather when theyre roosting up.....the first shot I got of one was on such a day and the dragonfly sat there quite patiently as I got to within inches of it with the camera.On a brighter day i`d have had no chance.Ours havent started showing yet....can`t wait til they do....

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Old Apr 23, 2007, 6:31 PM   #5
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Well, I think you did a great job!!! The PP on the second one is my favourite and sure hopeI can do as good a job!!
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 6:59 PM   #6
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Congratulation, Happy. Nice shot. The crop was just right!
Isn't the camoflage interesting?
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 8:16 PM   #7
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Did well on your first insect. Beutiful detail considering you did not have a macro lens.
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 9:26 PM   #8
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I agree with Rafael. The FZ's macro capability is really amazing. With additional support, we see people like Tchuanye, Seemolf, Mark and many more doing wonders. In this case, the cropped image is better than the first one because it helps the subject, including the wing details,stand out.
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Very, very nice work there Mark. I wish I could hold a camera steady enough to do macros. I have trouble with other regular shots.
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 10:24 PM   #10
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Those are great shots happy! Dragonflies aresome of the coolest macro subjects.Too baddon't get many dragonflies around here, and the few that I see are normally flying away. I got a couple of dragonflies whenI was visiting Texas last summer but I wasn't able to get very close to them. It really made me appreciate the tele-macro mode on the FZ7.
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