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Old Jul 29, 2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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For the first time one of the little beasties actually landed in my garden instead of just sneaking in and stealing away my treasured mosquitoes.

Not only landed but was very patient with me whilst I got within maybe 4 inches at closest (didn't like it when I sprayed him with cold water though).

Not sure what the other fly is but it's got lovely eyes too !

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Old Jul 29, 2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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This is the fly.
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 4:22 PM   #3
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Nice macros Kevin. You and Ronnie are making the rest of us macro wanna-be's look bad! Love the detail in #1 and #5.
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 5:03 PM   #4
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Amazing!

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Old Jul 29, 2010, 6:41 PM   #5
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Nice shots Kevin, I like the close ups of the eyes with all the facets. That Raynox is a dynamite lens for the money.

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Wonderfully sharp photos, and such great color & dynamic range! Any idea what species of dragonfly?
(No wonder they won't come perch in your garden - they've all told their friends about your giving them cold showers!)
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 8:42 PM   #7
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Jehan - Thank you - it's a pity we seem to have lost Tachi though, he took excellent macros too.

Patty - thanks, and great to see you back more regularly now !

Lou - Yes, like you and Jehan I really love those compound eyes & that Raynox is a little gem even if only having a razor's edge DoF !

Mole - Thank you for your kind comments ! I haven't been able to find out what species these dragonflies are yet. They often descend on our garden to feed but almost never land. Interestingly they just look a boring brown / copper colour in flight but I was amazed at the colours when seen in close up. The 'cold showers' are a tip from a macro shooter whose work I adore - seems to work well on flies but the dragonfly took off like a shot (but returned) when I sprayed him. Any idea what the other fly might be ?
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I'm still around!

Been either rubbish weather, too busy with other things or just generally tired. It's summer holiday's here, and the nipper is on a playsheme that starts at 8am and finished at 6pm, so I am in work for 10 hours straight every day for 6 weeks.

Not been on the forum as too knackered to sit in front of the computer when I get home (taking a cheeky break now at work). Got some photo's from the airshow I went to the other week which I still have not processed, and took some bug shots, again, unprocessed.

Will be back properly soon, outstanding shots mate. Only seen dragonflies once so far (Tuesday) and didn't have batteries for my macro flash...
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Thanks Tachi - great to see you are still around. Tough job, long hours at work & active nipper !
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Great dragon, nr2 is my fav, and I really like those flies eyes. Only there the kind I don't like coming close to.
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