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first dragon

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Dragonfly Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
18 Apr 2012 6:32AM
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.


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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 6:34AM
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...

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Apr 2012 6:36AM

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...


Good comments, Dave, but remember that I only use a little point and shoot camera, I have no shutter speed adjustments on it. Carol
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
18 Apr 2012 6:49AM
Stunning and great set of image,Carol,love the BG in this fine images.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 6:49AM
Two beauties Carol, but going for V2 the wings there glowing, and the movement in V1 well captured along with the 'face'
18 Apr 2012 6:57AM
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.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 7:09AM
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
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 7:11AM
Such a beautiful subject and those eyes are amazing.
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.
MoragM 7 1 Scotland
18 Apr 2012 7:15AM
Wow, Carol, with a point and shoot you take super pics. Love V2 with the faint shadowy outlines of the wings.
KarenFB Plus
11 5.0k 171 England
18 Apr 2012 7:26AM
Version 2 for me - the wings are more noticeable in that photograph. Smile
18 Apr 2012 7:29AM
Two crackers Carol, good luck with the clean up.

18 Apr 2012 7:37AM
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 !
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 7:39AM
Great images of the highest possible quality, your talent leaves me somewhat gob smacked, if only I could get out more...

Regards Nathan
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 7:52AM
So sorry to hear about the wind damage ....
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 7:55AM
V2 for me as I love the wing detail.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
18 Apr 2012 8:03AM
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.
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 8:14AM
Well timed macro.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 8:36AM
Impressive images Carol esp v2!
Cor 9 Belgium
18 Apr 2012 8:39AM
V2 on TOP *****
exposure Plus
13 5.5k England
18 Apr 2012 8:43AM
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.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 9:04AM
Like a helicopter!
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 9:16AM
Lovely captures of this beautiful chap! Don't think any
dragonflys will venture out here wind rain and gales to in UK

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
18 Apr 2012 9:31AM
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

SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 9:43AM
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.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 9:59AM
Great captures - definitely V2 for me with the wings!
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
18 Apr 2012 10:02AM
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.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Apr 2012 10:07AM
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!
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 10:24AM
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
metro074 8 8 Australia
18 Apr 2012 10:39AM
LOVE THEM!! Awesome macro's here Carol. Well done
Mendipman 6 3 England
18 Apr 2012 11:13AM
Very nicely captured Carol, looking forward to seeing a few of these in Somerset soon! Smile

18 Apr 2012 11:40AM
Great images Carol, V2 for me because of the wing detail. I hope not too much damage was done to your garden.
18 Apr 2012 12:19PM
Two wonderful captures in the windy weather Carol.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
18 Apr 2012 12:30PM
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.
18 Apr 2012 1:35PM
Two super captures Carol.
Got to be V2 for me with the trace of the wings.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
18 Apr 2012 2:22PM
Two good captures but V2 for me Carol.


18 Apr 2012 3:38PM
good one Carol
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
18 Apr 2012 5:22PM
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
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 5:32PM
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!
Silverzone 10 2 England
18 Apr 2012 6:26PM
Nice duo sorry to hear about the damage in the garden. Strong winds here too. Sylvia
evelen 13 5 England
18 Apr 2012 6:36PM
two great captures carol.
Natzdad 9 29 2 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 6:41PM
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
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
18 Apr 2012 6:45PM
Cracking Darter shot Carol, well done again mate.....

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 6:53PM
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
18 Apr 2012 7:28PM
A lovely duo.
moiral 7 12 Scotland
18 Apr 2012 8:29PM
2 very nice captures Carol. Moira
8 10 10 England
18 Apr 2012 9:04PM
Got to be V2 Carol.
18 Apr 2012 10:20PM
Both shots are amazing
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Apr 2012 6:49PM
Two excellent images especially given the unfavourable weather conditions
21 Apr 2012 10:18AM
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


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