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Two poor images of the first dragonfly I spotted in the meadow last week. It was a very windy day, and the little fella couldn't stop flapping his wings, so in V.1 he looks wingless, with a touch of wing showing in V.2. However, I thought he deserved an upload, if only for the beautiful powder blue of his eyes Smile

It has been an appalling night here, with rain and gales, and still very strong winds this morning, several large pine trees have been blown to the ground in the garden Sad My apologies if I only have time to comment, but I shall be spending today trying to salvage what I can and clearing up the debris.

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:first dragon
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:18 Apr 2012 - 6:25 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Dragonfly, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:80
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 6:32 AM

Morning Carol, great images under difficult circumstances. Sorry to hear about the damage, what strange weather you are having although I suspect that that can be said for many areas of the World nowadays.

Andy

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 6:34 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A great 1st time image..
You got the basics now all you need to do is refine your skills...
More DOF and faster shutter speed will help...
That way you get more detail and wings frozen in time..
It this first slow down shoutter speed to gain little movement..
That a lot harder but get basic skills right bag the shot and then try advance images...
Great work...
Do not give up..
You are all most there...

Dave

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 6:36 AM


Quote: A great 1st time image..
You got the basics now all you need to do is refine your skills...
More DOF and faster shutter speed will help...
That way you get more detail and wings frozen in time..
It this first slow down shoutter speed to gain little movement..
That a lot harder but get basic skills right bag the shot and then try advance images...
Great work...
Do not give up..
You are all most there...

Dave

Good comments, Dave, but remember that I only use a little point and shoot camera, I have no shutter speed adjustments on it. Carol

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 6:49 AM

Stunning and great set of image,Carol,love the BG in this fine images.
Saeid

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Lillian
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18 Apr 2012 - 6:49 AM

Two beauties Carol, but going for V2 the wings there glowing, and the movement in V1 well captured along with the 'face'
Lillian

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prabhusinha
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18 Apr 2012 - 6:57 AM

I some time wonder finding kids sporting their first camera A Nikon D 90 or EOS 1100 D so on so forth. Comes to me for a photography tutorials. When I start the basics, they promptly reply, "Sir without this knowledge it gives good pics". I say "Ignorance is bliss, if ur pic tells a story.If not an ugly face.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 7:09 AM

you've done really well with this one carol brilliant detail wonderful colours they never stay still enough for me Sad v1 for me today a belter nice one Wink
andy

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SUE118
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18 Apr 2012 - 7:11 AM

Such a beautiful subject and those eyes are amazing.

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RajaSidambaram
18 Apr 2012 - 7:11 AM

Two sharp images of the dragon fly, Carol. Your compact is always a winner. You don't deserve any advice from others regarding photographic skills. Sorry to know about the devastation done to your garden. - Raja.

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MoragM
MoragM  4 Scotland
18 Apr 2012 - 7:15 AM

Wow, Carol, with a point and shoot you take super pics. Love V2 with the faint shadowy outlines of the wings.

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KarenFB
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18 Apr 2012 - 7:26 AM

Version 2 for me - the wings are more noticeable in that photograph. Smile

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Len1950
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18 Apr 2012 - 7:29 AM

Two crackers Carol, good luck with the clean up.

Len

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
18 Apr 2012 - 7:37 AM

Wonderful captures carol ! Sorry to hear of the storms . We were told how horrendous they can be there when we were in Milatos as the sea comes in lifting bouldersetc and they can be cut off if the weather gets too bad !

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NDODS
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18 Apr 2012 - 7:39 AM

Great images of the highest possible quality, your talent leaves me somewhat gob smacked, if only I could get out more...

Regards Nathan

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barbarahirst
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18 Apr 2012 - 7:52 AM

So sorry to hear about the wind damage ....

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LynneJoyce
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18 Apr 2012 - 7:55 AM

V2 for me as I love the wing detail.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 8:03 AM

Oh dear you have got gales even in Cyprus! It is awful here,too.
I never knew you only had a little camera! Thought you had some macro as Olimpics seems to be good at that.
So now I'm even more impressed.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 8:14 AM

Well timed macro.
Matt

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AnnChown
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18 Apr 2012 - 8:36 AM

Impressive images Carol esp v2!
Ann

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
18 Apr 2012 - 8:39 AM

V2 on TOP *****
cor.

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exposure
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18 Apr 2012 - 8:43 AM

Two lovely images Carol,I like the wing movement on V1....Weather the same here...still its got rid of the old leaves & a lot of the orange blossom,Its very windy & warm....rain later.
Pauline.

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mrswoolybill
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18 Apr 2012 - 9:04 AM

Like a helicopter!
Moira

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susanbarton
18 Apr 2012 - 9:16 AM

Lovely captures of this beautiful chap! Don't think any
dragonflys will venture out here wind rain and gales to in UK

Susan

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ChiliMan
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18 Apr 2012 - 9:31 AM

Oh no!! How horrible about the weather and the trees, Carol Sad Thank goodness your house wasn't hit by any of the trees.

I gotta say...V1 is fantastic for the "winglessness" Grin

Beautiful fella, especially with those eyes!

Glad you liked the spider, by the way Smile

A.
x

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SandraKay
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18 Apr 2012 - 9:43 AM

Most definitely worth an upload of such a handsome chap, Carol.
I feel for you having to sort out so much storm damage. Good luck.
Sandra

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gingerdelight
18 Apr 2012 - 9:59 AM

Great captures - definitely V2 for me with the wings!
Carol

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WhiteRose1
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18 Apr 2012 - 10:02 AM

Sounds horrendous, Carol, hope you get things sorted without too much back break. Nicely captured dragon. v2 for me, the shape in the frame seems to have better balance.

Dave

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RonnieAG
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18 Apr 2012 - 10:07 AM

Sorry to hear of your problems from the wind, Carol.
Two pretty good images and a lot better than I would have managed.
Take care!
Ronnie.

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CaroleS
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18 Apr 2012 - 10:24 AM

Two excellent images Carol, V1 showing it gripping on tight and V2 showing more of those lovely wings. We have strong wind and rain here in Cornwall overnight and at present. Hope your storms have not done too much damage, take care - Carole

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metro074
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18 Apr 2012 - 10:39 AM

LOVE THEM!! Awesome macro's here Carol. Well done
Carol

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HeathMcDonald
18 Apr 2012 - 11:13 AM

Very nicely captured Carol, looking forward to seeing a few of these in Somerset soon! Smile

Heath

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Val Prowse
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18 Apr 2012 - 11:40 AM

Great images Carol, V2 for me because of the wing detail. I hope not too much damage was done to your garden.

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Growmore
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18 Apr 2012 - 12:19 PM

Two wonderful captures in the windy weather Carol.

Gary

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Joline
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18 Apr 2012 - 12:30 PM

V2 shows him off so well.
I'm a little surprised that Dave thought it was your first ever dragonfly, though. It's the first of the season isn't it? You do such great insect photos.

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twelvemegs
18 Apr 2012 - 1:35 PM

Two super captures Carol.
Got to be V2 for me with the trace of the wings.

David

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achieverswales
18 Apr 2012 - 2:22 PM

Two good captures but V2 for me Carol.

Regards

Trev.

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Gray_ina
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18 Apr 2012 - 3:38 PM

good one Carol

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TrevBatWCC
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18 Apr 2012 - 5:22 PM

Well, I just wish I could shoot images as 'poor' as these, Carol! Wink Two wonderful captures Smile
Not been out today, as the weather here's been grey, dismal and wet all day long Sad
Trev Smile

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vickyf
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18 Apr 2012 - 5:32 PM

Well, I've never been able to capture a dragonfly that's sharp, which goes to show that point and shoot users often put the rest of us to shame!

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Silverzone
18 Apr 2012 - 6:26 PM

Nice duo sorry to hear about the damage in the garden. Strong winds here too. Sylvia

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evelen
evelen  9 England
18 Apr 2012 - 6:36 PM

two great captures carol.
eve.

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Natzdad
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18 Apr 2012 - 6:41 PM

Bin away for a while,so I'm glad to see such great improvement in your images,have you invested in a new camera? or has you hand just got steadier?.Glad to see more butterflies in your portfolio,are you invisible?I don't seem to be able to get within six foot of any of these creatures.keep up the great work in this very difficult subject....................Mick

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18 Apr 2012 - 6:45 PM

Cracking Darter shot Carol, well done again mate.....

Ade

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18 Apr 2012 - 6:53 PM

I would be pleased with either of these images in my PF Carol - ok room to improve but we cant always be perfect I think you have done exceptionally well - good luck with the clearing up

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ChristineD
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18 Apr 2012 - 7:28 PM

A lovely duo.

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18 Apr 2012 - 8:29 PM

2 very nice captures Carol. Moira

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18 Apr 2012 - 9:04 PM

Got to be V2 Carol.
Joan.

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18 Apr 2012 - 10:20 PM

Both shots are amazing
mike

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20 Apr 2012 - 6:49 PM

Two excellent images especially given the unfavourable weather conditions

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digital_boi
21 Apr 2012 - 10:18 AM

two good caspture i especially like V1 as you can just see the wing detail in places showing that he is flapping then like hell to stay in place

nice work

Hope you have been able salvage the garden

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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