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Emperor

By celestun
Yesterday, I was on an afternoon stroll when someone with a remote control airplane buzzed my head...

... or at least that's what I thought at first...

... in fact it was an Emperor dragonfly, the most menacing and enormous dragonfly I have ever seen!

... able to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 10 (almost!)... diving and then soaring up like a maniac on the loose, devouring butterflies and other decent-sized dragonflies in mid-air!

... I thought I had walked into some Hollywood movie set, it was totally surreal, then the huge creature finally decided to land on a nearby tree stump and I tentatively approached, from two meters away...

...I could barely get the whole insect in my 180mm view, it was as large as my outstretched hand in fact.

This detail of the wing, would normally be impressive if it were taken of a smaller dragonfly, but in this case the wings were so large that little magnification was needed...!

... The little image of the entire body I have superimposed here, is actually five times smaller than life-size when seen in the 1000 pixel version.

Anyway suffice to say this is the wing detail of an Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator)...

Never will I just stroll again...!

Provence 2005

Tags: Close-up and macro

Voters: KathyR, simon butterworth, chrisfroud and 48 more

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Comments


chrisfroud 15 521
25 May 2005 2:43AM
Excellent detail shot! Lovely colours and textures and I think the way you've framed it adds to the image.
Chris
25 May 2005 2:46AM
Would make any cathedral window maker green with envy, beautiful detail and stunning clarity.
Simon.
cameragirl 16 43 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 2:46AM
Amazing! Excellent composition! Well presented!
Davina 16 108
25 May 2005 2:57AM
Love it and love the story too. Nature and wildlife never fail to amaze us.Click

Davina
junglecat 16 12
25 May 2005 2:57AM
Wow. Would love to see one, though preferably not in a dark alley on a dark night...

Exquisite detail.
KathyW 17 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
25 May 2005 3:04AM
Amazing...
RichardB 16 328 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 3:10AM
Superb image Smile

Richard.
covey 16 1.7k Ireland
25 May 2005 3:14AM
Superb.

T.
exposure Plus
16 6.0k United Kingdom
25 May 2005 3:15AM
Brilliant lovely composition and presentation, congratulations on your HC.
Pauline..
Desh_M 16 410
25 May 2005 3:19AM
Stunning shot!
Love the dragonfly in the corner.
Superb shot!
**CLICK
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
25 May 2005 3:21AM
Well done Tim I was thinking of doing something similar in the summer when I have more chance of using the bellows set-up....You given me something different to aspire to again. A well earned HC, for a fabulous macro shot!

I've uploaded something a little bigger today...LOL

Ade
insanebmx312 16 48
25 May 2005 3:29AM
Great shot. I, too like the dragonfly in the corner. Well done, congrats on the HC.
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
25 May 2005 3:46AM
Very nice. I love where you positioned the full shot in the corner. Really works well.
Trevor.
stevem 16 238 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 3:48AM
Very nicely done - great macro & the Df in the top left works really well.
Steve...
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
25 May 2005 3:48AM
amazing image
angej 16 479 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 3:57AM
Wow.....!!
Ange
buchananbchb 16 374 1 England
25 May 2005 4:08AM
Beautiful, lovely work.
Brad.
xinia 16 54
25 May 2005 4:32AM
absolutely fantastic - very well done and presented
TeresaH 16 1.1k United Kingdom
25 May 2005 4:39AM
Fantastic, nature is so amazing.

Teresa.
billma 17 119 United States
25 May 2005 5:32AM
Great presentation. Imaginative/creative etc.

bill
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 5:49AM
Fine shooting and good comp

Dave
akh Plus
17 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 7:07AM
Fantastic detail and well presented.
Tony
Willyjeen 16 7
25 May 2005 8:02AM
Beautiful. Loved the story too Smile
ktcam 16 457 Scotland
25 May 2005 8:45AM
Love these close up shots. Excellent presentation of such an incredible dragonfly. Love the small one on the border too. Fab shot!
kate
nell 16 23
25 May 2005 9:16AM
Fantastic great detail and perfect presentation.

Lucy
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 12:14PM
Wonderful macro, well done Tim.
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 1:15PM
Many thanks for all your kind comments!

Very much appreciated!

Regards,

Tim
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
25 May 2005 1:55PM
Amazing close up detail Tim! You really do know how to spot a picture! and the HC is definitely well justifued here!

I have to confess that Emperors Dragonflies are probably the favourite of all british insects I have photographed and I've only photographed one! Simply beautiful creatures and absolutely huge! First time I saw one I thought it must be some overseas species that had lost it's way as it looked far too good for us brits to be having! I think the one I found last year was only about the 4th dragonfly I had ever photographed but I rate those shots as some of my best simply because the subject is so stunning! It won't be too long until they are around again I hope.

I'd be keen to see a larger shot of the whole dragonfly as the colours look very different to our British Emperor Dragonfly.
mattberry 16 259 14 Greece
25 May 2005 2:25PM
theres close and then theres CLOSE! Smile

Great presentation and concept in the first place, quite abstract although those in the know would realise what it was, not that it matters anyway!

I like the inclusion of the whole insect in the corner and like John I would really like to see a shot of the entire dragonfly, please Smile

Lucky ole you for seeing one of these wonders of nature Tim, oh and for the HC thingy Smile

Matt
Terry L 17 609 5 England
25 May 2005 2:26PM
Great work Tim, I quite agree with John, they are quite amazing Dragonflies.

Regards
Terry.
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
26 May 2005 11:59AM
John, Matt and Terry,

I really appreciate your support on this one!

Thanks! Tim
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
29 May 2005 8:09PM
You are on a role, congrats on the award again, excellent work! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg
flossie 17 1.6k
12 Jun 2005 7:27AM
Amazing Tim, you need a dragonfly tour now
...and a Provence tour!
starstriders 16 1.6k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2005 2:41PM
Stunning. Your gallery is always impressive. I've been away for a while so I'm catching up and glad I found this.
1 Jun 2010 6:21AM
Creative is the word.

Shanthini

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