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Well after yesterday's superb session down on the Somerset Levels I thought I'd share a few more images with you of the days captures.

We found several different Hairy Dragonflies which are the first Hawkers of the summer to find on the wing. This first image is of a newly emerged specimen which hasn't quite dried his wings out as yet. V2 & 3 are of other specimens found. V4, 5 & 6 are of the wonderful in flight Hobby's which were snaffling the Dragons up as soon as took to the air! V4 looks like it has jessie's attached to the feet, but I can assure you it is in fact the Hairy Dragonflies and Damselflies which they catch on the wing.
The Hobby's themselves look very similar to Peregrine Falcons, but are in fact slightly smaller......They're almost as fast and just as incredibly difficult to capture in flight, these images probably being the best of a very bad bunch.
Thanks for looking and commenting, I'm hoping to catch up with everyone else's work over the next few days, but at the moment I'm incredibly busy with life and all it throws at us!

Ade

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro & Sigma EX 50-500mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:6 May 2012 - 10:38 AM
Focal Length:90mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Hobby's & Dragons
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:7 May 2012 - 10:21 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Hairy Dragonflies, Hobby's, Photo journalism, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
Votes:71
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DaisyMay84
7 May 2012 - 10:25 AM

wow! very sharp and good compositionSmile
daisy

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WindowonWildlife
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7 May 2012 - 10:26 AM

Immaculate detail and clarity Ade, superb set of images.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

The three insect macros are the ones in this set that stand out for me, Ade: your macro photography is always a delight to view, and the detail captured here is excellent, with V 3, that closer inspection, quite remarkable.
Ronnie.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 10:30 AM

simply unbelievable!!
Well I have expressed what I think of these shots I hope

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 10:32 AM

Fascinating images, Ade, especially the first three. Good old Somerset LevelsSmile Carol

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cdm36
cdm36  10390 forum posts England7 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 10:40 AM

Nice collection of images mate Smile

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jasonrwl
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7 May 2012 - 10:41 AM

Brilliant set Ade - sounds like you had a fantastic show.
Jason

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 10:42 AM

beautiful detail and lovely colour on the dragons wings, superb collection.
ant.

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 10:49 AM

Lovely set, the detail on the dragonflies is amazing Smile

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7304 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

WOW....3 brilliant close ups with with the Hobby ones not far behind.Grin

Not a sniff of Dragons/Damsels around here yet.......which is just as well as the weather is pants..Sad

Keith

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 11:32 AM

v2 for me , although obviously v3 is an excellent macro too. SmileSmile
Helen

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 11:45 AM

An awesome set of natural history images Ade, the first three are mightily impressive and could all be uploaded in their own right. The detail and clarity is astounding and the colours are glorious. It looks like you had a very productive day spent with Sue down on the levels. It's very wet in the countryside close to home and is beginning to resemble the levels more each day, it will be like home from home when you do eventually get up here to photograph the butterflies and moths!Wink The weather has reverted to type and is pants again, so no doubt the only superb session you'll be having in the foreseeable future will be in the Barley Mow and Apple Tree in Bedminster when copious amounts of local scrumpy will be downed!TongueGrinWink

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 11:54 AM

V3's my fave but all of them give us an interesting glimpse of the Levels wildlife. A lovely set.
Chris

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Chinga
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7 May 2012 - 11:55 AM

Beautiful shots of the dragon and the bird in flight. Well done! IB

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
7 May 2012 - 11:55 AM

A wonderful set Ade, each deserves a seperate upload.

Len

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 12:54 PM

Wonderful detail in the macros, Ade, and without your stacking system. Amazing mastery of the macro.

Dave

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7 May 2012 - 12:56 PM

A superb set of shots. Agree with Len, each one well deserves a separate upload.

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JohnoP
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7 May 2012 - 1:11 PM

1st class set of images Ade - the macro work is top class. John Grin

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Daisymaye
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7 May 2012 - 1:49 PM

An excellent set Ade. Love them all...........Sandy

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netta1234
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7 May 2012 - 2:56 PM

A great set,You must have had a good day yesterdayWink
Netta

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JohnChambersPhotography

A set to be proud of, superb detail done to a very high standard, fabulous.

John

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Maiwand
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7 May 2012 - 4:02 PM

Terrific shots of both the bird and the dragon Ade. I enjoyed the previous shot of the dragon but I must say that I think V1 here is even better.Stunning clarity and perfect pose.
Ron

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lawbert  71684 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 4:39 PM

Stunning Set of images Ade...
Not even a Damsel showing yet in my neck of he woodsSad

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lostnspace2011

Very nice Ade. V1 & V3 for the dragonfly and V5 for the Hobby.

Smile

Mark

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ElaineGregg
7 May 2012 - 5:18 PM

the detail in the dragonfly versions are fantastic, really well done.
Elaine

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7 May 2012 - 5:29 PM

great set but 1+2 are my faves today

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mshulver1  3 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 - 6:05 PM

Great set of shots

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ValSaxby
ValSaxby e2 Member 8132 forum postsValSaxby vcard United Kingdom
7 May 2012 - 6:49 PM

Great set Ade, looks like you had a great time. Really must all get together again soon, its been a long time.

Val

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bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 - 7:21 PM

superb set of shots, both the dragons and the birds
bunSmile

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7 May 2012 - 8:10 PM

Great macro images Ade and well done on capturing the hobby Wink
Steve

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7 May 2012 - 9:25 PM

Did you use the bigma to capture the dragonflies? Fabulous captures all!

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 9:44 PM

No Jenn, this was taken using my ever old faithful Tamron 90mm SP Di Macro mounted on a tripod using mirror lock up. Had it about 8 years now and it's still as sharp as the day I bought it!.........Very under-rated piece of kit, which if used correctly is as sharp as anything on the market.

The Bigma was used for the Hobby's......

Thanks for yours and everybody else's kind comment and special thanks to Annette and SaltireBlue's awards......

Ade

Last Modified By Ade_Osman at 7 May 2012 - 9:45 PM

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7 May 2012 - 10:03 PM

Excellent set of images Ade, and you had good light !! ( we cancelled our trip to Somerset due to the bad forcastSad )
Ron.

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8 May 2012 - 7:52 AM

A really excellent set here.

Ken

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warbstowcross
19 May 2012 - 6:59 PM

Brilliant macros, brilliant birds, I saw my first at Wicken Fen a last week. There was a dozen of them taking the mayflies as they were emerging of the Lode. Too early for many Dragon flies!

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