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A Darter Dragonfly emerging from its larval stage after spending the first stages of life underwater.

Probably the most difficult image I have ever taken. This little fella was almost at water level and was a lot smaller than it looks! I got soaked.....worth it though!

Positive ID would be welcome, I'm going for Black Darter.

Gazza

Brand:Fuji
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Lens:Sigma 105 EX stacked image.
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Emergence
Username:Platchet Platchet
Uploaded:6 Aug 2011 - 12:03 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Dagonfly, Darter, Exuviae, Wildlife / nature
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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2011 - 12:06 PM

ASTOUNDING timing and image. Sheesh.

Shortlisted...

A...

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User_Removed
6 Aug 2011 - 12:10 PM

Super capture.
Alf.

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Alan_Coles
6 Aug 2011 - 12:12 PM

Wow, what timing and what a result mate....kept that one quiet didn't you?


Superb.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2011 - 12:12 PM

Difficult to tell when they're what's known as Teneral, (just emerged) however I'd be more inclined to think it was a Common Darter, but I've been known to wrong on countless occasions Smile What I can say is this is an excellent find and as you rightly say a very tricky capture, which you've done with aplomb!.. Quality image and very deserving of an award IMHO.....Shortlisted.

Ade

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
6 Aug 2011 - 12:38 PM

Superb nature shot.

Len

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2011 - 1:33 PM

Wow! Incredible. Perfect timing. Excellent capture............Sandy

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
6 Aug 2011 - 1:44 PM

Superb shot, Gazza, hope you got a series out of this emergence.
Tony

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Platchet
Platchet  7 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2011 - 1:57 PM


Quote: Superb shot, Gazza, hope you got a series out of this emergence.
Tony

Unfortunately it started raining so I had to pack up, just happy I got this stage though.
Cheers for all the great comments.
Smile

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2011 - 2:49 PM

Top perseverance and timing Gazza, well done, top natural history photo
Johnjo

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beckybookins
6 Aug 2011 - 3:30 PM

Well worth getting soaked, fantastic capture

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viscostatic
6 Aug 2011 - 7:02 PM

Great natural history photography.

Phil.

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Alan_Coles
6 Aug 2011 - 7:29 PM

Came back for another look, can't believe this ain't getting more votes?????? Sad

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2011 - 11:25 PM

WOW!! excellent, shortlisted. got to try this focus stacking, i cant get one pic of someat let alone a bunch of them but gotta keep practicing, although cant see me getting this good, as defo dont do wet.lesley

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 7:58 PM

Brilliant Gary,expect to see this in the comps this coming season.
Tom.

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 10:09 PM

Superb and well worth all your efforts.

~Alley~

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Platchet
Platchet  7 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 10:16 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments and to Pete for the EC, I'm well chuffed. Grin

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Alan_Coles
7 Aug 2011 - 10:20 PM

Congrats Gaz...hard work paid off mate and fingers crossed Wink

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Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  6200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:11 PM

Well done boi, tis good.Grin

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Morgs
Morgs  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2011 - 8:05 AM

That is an astounding image Gary. Well deserving of all the awards. Many, many congratulations.

Dave

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BydoR9
BydoR9  3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2011 - 8:47 AM

Belter! Smile

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Alan_Coles
8 Aug 2011 - 9:12 AM

Nailed on my friend.....fantastic effort and great result - POTW, go boy.

Told ya didn't I !! Wink

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alfpics
alfpics  12356 forum posts England
8 Aug 2011 - 10:44 AM

Superb! Worth getting wet for!
Andy

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Platchet
Platchet  7 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2011 - 12:40 PM

Wow, POTW.....not sure the wife would appreciate a canavs of this above our fireplace! LOL Wink

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PWLLMAWR1
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8 Aug 2011 - 1:07 PM

Well done Gaz on getting POTW about time, keep up the good work !

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2011 - 5:01 PM

biggest congrats on the well deserved awards.lesley

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Morgs
Morgs  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2011 - 6:29 PM

Wow, awards across the board. You can retire now!!!!! Really made up for you Gary.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2011 - 8:02 PM

An outstanding capture of a rarely seen event. A multi-award winner of the highest quality.
Terry

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Jat_Riski
Jat_Riski e2 Member 664 forum postsJat_Riski vcard United Kingdom
8 Aug 2011 - 10:59 PM


Quote: Positive ID would be welcome, I'm going for Black Darter.

Gazza

UR 100% right, U done good job.

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dandeakin
dandeakin  6198 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2011 - 8:47 PM

very impressive

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Phil_Morgan
10 Aug 2011 - 1:11 AM

Congrats Butty GrinGrin

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john_starkey
10 Aug 2011 - 4:03 AM

Absolutely brilliant,well worth getting soaked for,

John.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 - 4:24 AM

A well deserved photo of the week! Outstanding subject, great sharp shot, incredible image! IB

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dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
10 Aug 2011 - 1:31 PM

wow and brilliant !! congrats on all the awards !!!Grin

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redrooster71
10 Aug 2011 - 10:33 PM

Stunning Gary well done on photo of the week.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2011 - 9:02 AM

Brilliant - well deserved awards Smile

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tanyard
tanyard  7104 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Aug 2011 - 2:27 PM

What a catch. Well done Gary. Absoluteky breathtaking

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Reflektor
Reflektor  5 Wales
11 Aug 2011 - 7:27 PM

Gazza a stunner well done!!!

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Alan_Coles
11 Aug 2011 - 10:22 PM


Quote: Gazza a stunner well done!!!

Thats not who I think it is issit ????? Tongue

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2011 - 3:44 AM

Brilliant! Congratulations on your well deserved awards

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ge22y
ge22y  6115 forum posts Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2011 - 7:26 PM

Nice one Gazza!!! Are we going to see it in print this season?

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Dyl001
Dyl001  4 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2011 - 1:42 PM

Lucky shot, Well done you must please with this Wink

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photophantom
13 Aug 2011 - 3:01 PM

One in a million

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Weasellady
Weasellady  1251 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 - 4:21 PM

What a wonderful shot!

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funtimegb
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25 Aug 2011 - 10:47 AM

stunning-that all i can say.

Grant

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fishiee
fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2011 - 1:21 PM

Only just stumbled across this. A cracking capture of a special moment I've never been fortunate enough to see yet.

I'd have gone for the option of a soaking as well if the opportunity arose! Smile I'd have probably stuck it out through the rain as well for the opportunity to get a full emergence sequence as opportunitys like this don't come about often.

When you say stacked, how many images went into this shot? And what software did you use? Stacking images is something I keep meaning to play with properly to get greater depth of field in macro shots.

I'm sure it looks great over the fireplace... I believe that when winning POTW you can get away with sending a different image for the canvas print if you want. Back when I won one they had no idea what my winning image was so I could have sent anything. I did send the original image, however advised someone else that won not soon after me to try a different image and they got a nice family pic blown up on a canvas instead of a macro shot. There must be a lot of people out there with canvas prints of stunning images, but not necessarily images you'd want hung up in the lounge! Smile

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Malcspaige
15 Sep 2011 - 4:58 AM

Quite brilliant, you should be very proud of this one.....I've come across Praying Mantis and Grasshoppers 'drying out' next to their shed skin but have never been lucky enough to find them in the act.....I think I need to get up earlier in the morning.

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30 Sep 2011 - 3:09 PM

Wonderful............don't you just love natureGrin

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