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Old Sep 12, 2009, 9:08 AM   #11
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Lou these are great. A few days ago as I drove home from work, a very large dragonfly flew into my car! It buzzed around my head for a while, decided I was pretty boring, then flew back out the window in pursuit of whatever activities dragonflies do at this time of year.
They are often landing on my boat while I am on the pond. Damselflies will stay a long time even while moving at a good clip. Dragonflies are short stay visitors and shall we say, "Bug off" quickly.

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Old Sep 12, 2009, 9:25 AM   #12
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Good shots, you are being to modest, these are quality shots.
It's not easy capturing dragons.

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Thanks Rodney, it depends on the size of the net. LOL

Thanks for the compliment.

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Old Sep 12, 2009, 9:45 AM   #13
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Harriet,

I am very pleased with the K-7. With the K100 almost all my shots had to have a levels adjustment. My K-7 produces shot with histograms that are dead on pretty consistently unless I screw things up. Sharpening is also close to dead on all the time. This camera has made PP a smaller part of my photography routine.

I was surprised after looking at the exif information that the dragonfly was shot in vivid mode. I have reset the camera to natural mode and like the results better.

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Old Sep 12, 2009, 9:57 AM   #14
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All well done. I especially like the flight capture.
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Thanks!

I took a lot of pictures with no dragonfly in the picture. I began to notice a distinct pattern in the insect's flight pattern that allowed me to pre-focus to an area that it kept returning to and was then able to use manual focus and nail the shot when it came back to the same location.

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Old Sep 12, 2009, 10:12 AM   #15
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I have tried that technique and well I find it escaping me to produce what you have. That is why I appreciate that shot the most.

Again, thanks for sharing.

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More impressive shots. I really like #2.

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Lou - amazing series of wonderful photos! I agree with all your identifications, and am especially impressed with the Shadow Darner. I spent several hours in the past few days trying to get one good shot of a Shadow Darner (no success - each time I go fairly close, a Slaty Skimmer chased him off!). Thanks for sharing these great examples of your talent!
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Patty - Thanks for the compliment!

Mole - Glad you were able to confirm the Shadow Darner. My granddaughter spotted this one for me. If you notice above its head was a spider web. The Darner was tweaking it with its front leg. At first I thought it was entrapped by the spider (that was nowhere to be seen). After a while it up and flew off. I thought afterword that it may have been trying to lure the spider to it to catch for its meal. Do Dragonflies eat spiders?

Thanks for your generous comments.

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stunning shots (really like 2&4) and don't come that they don't have quality.
If I had taken those I would have had a big smile.

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stunning shots (really like 2&4) and don't come that they don't have quality.
If I had taken those I would have had a big smile.

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Ronny,

Thank you, coming from you that is the ultimate compliment. I felt that I was not close enough to some of the subjects to relate to them as true macros. Here is another view of #2. It has better wing detail and is a lovely Dragonfly.

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