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A Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly - Aeshna affinis

...caught in flight...

Provence 2005

Canon 580EX, 1/2000@f7.1

400mm + 48mm Extension

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Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Canon 100-400 L IS USM
Title:F L I G H T
Username:celestun celestun
Uploaded:13 Sep 2005 - 11:19 AM
Tags:Aeshna affinis, Band, Blue, Close-up / macro, Dragonfly, Flight, High speed, Inflight, Southern migrant hawker, Stripe, Yellow
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Cristian
Cristian  10950 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 11:22 AM

Wow, fantastic close up.

The 1st of many "clicks" I'm sure!

Cristian

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starstriders
13 Sep 2005 - 11:26 AM

As much as I'm fed up of seeing dragonflies, this has to be the best I've seen. Wink

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 11:28 AM

Beautiful work Tim - that's what I meant to do with mine! Smile

Brian

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  11121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 11:32 AM

First class macro action capture. Well done, a real beauty.

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 11:36 AM

Incredible. What's that expression?...."frozen in time" Probaly the best dragonfly shot from all the recent weeks....Perfection

Mike

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Dave_Henderson
Dave_Henderson e2 Member 1062 forum postsDave_Henderson vcard United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 - 11:39 AM

Brilliant shot.Not easy to capture these on the wing with such detail.

Dave

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 11:50 AM

Oh blimey! Now that is an awesome shot indeed. Best in flight by a mile. Spent a lot of time last year trying to get these shots - not easy at all and I never got anything this good!

Keep thinking I should get a set of tubes to try with my 100-400 though I seem to keep spending all my money on holidays lately!

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Tony_M
Tony_M  10342 forum posts England
13 Sep 2005 - 11:50 AM

Crisp detail and a clean background - the result is a very graphic image. The 100-400 with extension tubes is an interesting combination.

Tony

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deavilin
deavilin  10339 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 12:04 PM

Very very good love this one excellent workSmile

Charlotte

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Hawkgenes
Hawkgenes  9 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 - 12:08 PM

Really beautifully done Tim and as sharp as a needle. Never an easy subject to capture

Hawk

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 12:38 PM

You bugger....You uploaded that on purpose, you rotten swine!.....LOL
That's does it, I'll have to pull out my real corker for tomorrow now!

A mighty cheesed off Ade :-(( LOL

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jimbo_t
jimbo_t  11959 forum posts England
13 Sep 2005 - 1:05 PM

Cracker!
Brilliant stuff.
Jim

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naturenut
naturenut  111801 forum posts England
13 Sep 2005 - 1:16 PM

Wow Tim, I'm just as impressed as Ade :o)

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SarahV
SarahV  9
13 Sep 2005 - 1:25 PM

WOW - fantastic shot, really can't see how you could improve on it! Sarah.

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Miles Herbert
13 Sep 2005 - 1:36 PM

Excellent....

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MarkyMarc
MarkyMarc  9498 forum posts Canada
13 Sep 2005 - 1:41 PM

Wow Tim, this is amazing. I'd be happy to get a shot this good of one that wasn't moving. Plus you get the added satisfaction of one-upping Ade, lol.

Marc

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 1:42 PM

Beautiful photography Tim,I continue to be amazed.
Janet

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101763 forum postsexposure vcard England
13 Sep 2005 - 1:47 PM

Brilliant lovely detail colour and composition and good d.o.f.
Pauline.

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richshep
richshep  12 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 - 1:59 PM

how you got this in focus I'll never know!

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billma
billma  11119 forum posts United States
13 Sep 2005 - 7:28 PM

Just no reason for anyone else to try this again as this is absolutely perfect and cannot be improved on or probably matched. An absolutely amazing photgraphic fete.

bill

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101763 forum postsexposure vcard England
13 Sep 2005 - 8:27 PM

Sorry, iv clicked nowSmile
Pauline..

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joko
joko  10 Bulgaria
14 Sep 2005 - 12:30 AM

Excellent capture.

Jivko

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2005 - 12:51 AM

Wow, another RC, I am honoured!

Thank you all for your encouragement and kind words!

I will dedicate this shot to Brian and Ade who definitely inspired me to give this shot a go. Would you believe this was my first attempt!?

I would strongly recommend the long lens with extension tubes (or extender) to anyone doing this kind of thing and also the high speed flash, unless you have copious sunshine!

This species is known for it's tendency to hover almost stationary from time to time and that means you have a second or so to prepare the shot (manual focus!) that would be otherwise impossible!

Cheers,

Tim

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nigelsharman
14 Sep 2005 - 2:23 AM

This is an amazing shot..well done.

Nigel.

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Doclassie
Doclassie  91135 forum posts England
14 Sep 2005 - 7:17 AM

Can't say any more than hasn't already been said.

Simply - Wow!

Top work indeed!

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2005 - 7:54 AM

fantastic capture, no need to ruin your RC with sarcasm!

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old timer
old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2005 - 8:23 AM

A first class capture!
Jim

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2005 - 8:50 AM

Thanks again for your comments!

Nothing sarcastic there Maddie... RCs don't come every day for some of us!

Cheers,

Tim

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tigs
tigs  10145 forum posts Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2005 - 12:38 PM

WOW that's amazing!! I love the colour and detail Smile well done!
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sugarbird
sugarbird  10223 forum posts South Africa
17 Sep 2005 - 5:11 AM

Perfect Tim and thanks for giving me a real laugh with your comment on my thorny Self Portrait, made my day..
regards
jill

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2005 - 1:38 AM

Tim: One question on the combination of 100-400 + tubes.

Having never used tubes before, does combining tubes with the 100-400 result in a drop in light getting through? And if so, how much. Basically I wanna know how much extension I could get away with before I lost autofocus. Also, how much closer are you able to get and how much at the far end of the focus range do you lose? I understand you don't keep infinity focus when you add tubes?

If the quality of results is good enough I could thenhopefully get away with the 100-400 + tubes instead of taking a macro lens when I travel to africa (and then stick in another wide angle in my hand luggage) one day I'm gonna get picked up on my 15KG rucksack when the limit is 5!!

Cheers!

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JEFFERIES
JEFFERIES  957 forum posts
18 Sep 2005 - 3:59 AM

Well done Tim, excellent clarity where it needs to be

Luke

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2005 - 4:39 AM

John, the extension tube will take off a stop for every 12mm you add on roughly, considerably reducing the light getting through. Also reducing the infinity point to less than 5 metres at 36mm of extension.

You seem to have chosen very sunny countries so far! In the Swiss alps, it shouldn't be much of an issue, unless you want to suddenly switch to photographing an eagle at 300 metres!

This set up is good, but probably even better would be to add the 2x extender to a 300mm f2.8 prime lens. Then it's just a question of money!

I have used up to 70mm of extension without losing autofocus, although manual focus is really essential with extension tubes at 400+ mm focal length as the tiniest movement has to be compensated with subtle adjustments to get a truly sharp subject.

Also, it depends on the subject, small butterflies are probably still best taken with a 180mm macro lens. If the subject is over 5cm in wingspan I would recommend the 100-400 with extension.

Well that should save you a little packing space!

Cheers,

Tim

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2005 - 12:14 PM

Cheers for that Tim!

If I had the money (and the strength!) I'd walk around with 5 cameras set up to cover every situation!! The times I had to change from macro setup to wide angle for landscapes or the big zoom for squirrels or something was very annoying. I guess we can't have everything easy!

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mandarinkay
18 Sep 2005 - 1:48 PM

A wonderful capture ... such clarity and detail! He has an almost comic strip character face! Love it! Click*
Karen

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mattberry
mattberry  10259 forum posts England14 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2005 - 1:10 PM

Dragonflies in flight are beyond me and my camera.. this ones about as good as I have seen, can't say fairer than that!

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francisr
francisr  10165 forum posts
3 Oct 2005 - 6:13 AM

Top banana - well impressed.

Francis

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justin c
justin c  114571 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2005 - 10:49 AM

Outstanding.

Justin.

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McKenzie
McKenzie  8 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2006 - 2:04 PM

Stunning captur, showing great detail.

Steve

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