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Another from Chambers Farm Wood. I *think* it is a common darter. Will have to get me a book.

Tiny little pond with some lilly pads and a couple of these wee beasties.

I will have to get a macro lens...

1/500sec f/8 200mm.

Camera:EOS 20D
Lens:55-200
Recording media:ISO 200
Title:Common Darter
Username:achilles2k achilles2k
Uploaded:4 Aug 2006 - 8:27 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Common darter, Dragonfly, Wildlife / nature
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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2006 - 8:42 PM

cracking shot what a beautiful colour I like the background too
Mary

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Pogs
Pogs  8 England
4 Aug 2006 - 8:59 PM

This is just superb

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mirceax
mirceax  8
4 Aug 2006 - 9:10 PM

beautiful macro
Mircea

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CanonMan
CanonMan e2 Member 12489 forum postsCanonMan vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2006 - 9:17 PM

Lovely detail and colours. Really stands out against that plain green background.

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Carl40
Carl40  8 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2006 - 9:21 PM

Great macro shot you have captured colour & detail well.
Carl
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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2006 - 9:42 PM

Nice detail & colour good dof to isolate the subject.
Chambers Farm wood is about 10 mins away from me,good location & that pond is tiny,..didn't spot any when I was last down there !! well seen.
Janet

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deanl
deanl  9313 forum posts
4 Aug 2006 - 9:52 PM

Excellent shot, lovely sharpness and the background could'nt be better!

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achilles2k
achilles2k  1125 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Aug 2006 - 10:16 PM

Janet - thanks for the comment. I live in Waddington, about half hour drive from CFW. On;y been there the one time, but will certainly be going back.

Thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments.

I am saving up for a macro lens - then I will really be able to capture the wonder of these fascinating creatures!

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2006 - 7:08 AM

Came back for another peep & look what has happened,well done,congratulations !
Janet

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achilles2k
achilles2k  1125 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Aug 2006 - 7:54 AM

WOW!! I am stunned! My second EC!

I'd like to thank everyone... my agent... my producer... Elvis... the Queen. LOL!


BTW - can anyone tell me why this is 'By:User Anonymous'?? System obviously recognises that it was uploaded by me.

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JohnHawthorne

That's because it was uploaded as a critique photo. Critique photos do not display the photographer's name. This critique feature is new and is work in progress.

Let me know if you want me to mark this as a non-critique photo so your name appears.

(Great photo by the way).

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achilles2k
achilles2k  1125 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Aug 2006 - 6:31 PM

Thanks John. Didn't realise that that was the case. Please mark it as a non-critique photo. I will read up on how that process works.

Cheers.

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2006 - 8:50 PM

Nice clear detail, especially like the wings. Congrats on the EC, well deserved! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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PrincessBecca
6 Aug 2006 - 12:32 PM

well done dad! i was hoping id get one before you but nevermind! Tongue
becca

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Julian
Julian  1076 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2006 - 9:31 PM

Nice colours, pose etc and well done on the EC - but the insect looks a bit blurred on my monitor. Probably just me.

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achilles2k
achilles2k  1125 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Aug 2006 - 9:41 PM

Julian, thanks for taking the time to comment. I admit I would like it to be sharper too - but until I have save enough for the Sigma 150mm macro I will have to surfice with this level of quality :o(

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mattberry
mattberry e2 Member 10259 forum postsmattberry vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 5:57 PM

Quite nice colours, background works well, but for me theres not quite enough detail on the wings. A slightly questionable editors award in my opinion but overall its a good shot I think.

Regards
Matt

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achilles2k
achilles2k  1125 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 - 6:15 PM

I think there was a compliment in there somewhere Matt?!

It is always a balancing act between DoF and bokeh.

Once I get my macro lens I will be able to get the shots I know I can.

In the mean time do I ask Pete to take back the EC?

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mattberry
mattberry e2 Member 10259 forum postsmattberry vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2006 - 7:57 PM

Sorry if I sound too negative. I always aim to give my honest opinions and don't dish out false praise or nice pic type comments.

I do actually like the shot, its just my personal preference for more wing detail and my question over the EC wasn't aimed at you regarding the award, I've seen so many dragonfly shots of high quality get nothing at all so I find it strange the way the awards are chosen sometimes.

I think it would help if the editor wrote something on each EC photo, about why it stands out etc.

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joewarner
joewarner  8
10 Aug 2006 - 1:07 AM

What a great shot. I might add that the detail is great.

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Bogwoppett
Bogwoppett e2 Member 9Bogwoppett vcard United Kingdom
30 Sep 2006 - 8:23 AM

i like this better than most other dragonfly pics... don't know why!!!

steve

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