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Cristian 16 950 1
13 Sep 2005 11:22AM
Wow, fantastic close up.

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

starstriders 16 1.6k United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 11:26AM
As much as I'm fed up of seeing dragonflies, this has to be the best I've seen. Wink
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 11:28AM
Beautiful work Tim - that's what I meant to do with mine! Smile

ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 11:32AM
First class macro action capture. Well done, a real beauty.
ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 11:36AM
Incredible. What's that expression?...."frozen in time" Probaly the best dragonfly shot from all the recent weeks....Perfection

13 Sep 2005 11:39AM
Brilliant shot.Not easy to capture these on the wing with such detail.

fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 11:50AM
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!
Tony_M 17 342 England
13 Sep 2005 11:50AM
Crisp detail and a clean background - the result is a very graphic image. The 100-400 with extension tubes is an interesting combination.

deavilin 16 352 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 12:04PM
Very very good love this one excellent workSmile

Hawkgenes 16 10 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 12:08PM
Really beautifully done Tim and as sharp as a needle. Never an easy subject to capture

Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
13 Sep 2005 12:38PM
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
jimbo_t 17 959 England
13 Sep 2005 1:05PM
Brilliant stuff.
naturenut 18 1.8k England
13 Sep 2005 1:16PM
Wow Tim, I'm just as impressed as Ade :o)
SarahV 15 13
13 Sep 2005 1:25PM
WOW - fantastic shot, really can't see how you could improve on it! Sarah.
Miles Herbert 18 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 1:36PM
MarkyMarc 16 498 Canada
13 Sep 2005 1:41PM
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.

chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
13 Sep 2005 1:42PM
Beautiful photography Tim,I continue to be amazed.
exposure Plus
16 6.0k United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 1:47PM
Brilliant lovely detail colour and composition and good d.o.f.
richshep 18 11 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 1:59PM
how you got this in focus I'll never know!
billma 17 119 United States
13 Sep 2005 7:28PM
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.

exposure Plus
16 6.0k United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 8:27PM
Sorry, iv clicked nowSmile
joko 17 1 Bulgaria
14 Sep 2005 12:30AM
Excellent capture.

celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2005 12:51AM
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!


nigelsharman 18 30 England
14 Sep 2005 2:23AM
This is an amazing shot..well done.

Doclassie 16 1.1k England
14 Sep 2005 7:17AM
Can't say any more than hasn't already been said.

Simply - Wow!

Top work indeed!
Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2005 7:54AM
fantastic capture, no need to ruin your RC with sarcasm!
old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
14 Sep 2005 8:23AM
A first class capture!
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2005 8:50AM
Thanks again for your comments!

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


tigs 16 145 3 Netherlands
16 Sep 2005 12:38PM
WOW that's amazing!! I love the colour and detail Smile well done!
sugarbird 17 223 South Africa
17 Sep 2005 5:11AM
Perfect Tim and thanks for giving me a real laugh with your comment on my thorny Self Portrait, made my day..
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2005 1:38AM
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!!

18 Sep 2005 3:59AM
Well done Tim, excellent clarity where it needs to be

celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2005 4:39AM
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!


fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2005 12:14PM
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!
18 Sep 2005 1:48PM
A wonderful capture ... such clarity and detail! He has an almost comic strip character face! Love it! Click*
mattberry 16 259 14 Greece
26 Sep 2005 1:10PM
Dragonflies in flight are beyond me and my camera.. this ones about as good as I have seen, can't say fairer than that!
francisr 16 165
3 Oct 2005 6:13AM
Top banana - well impressed.

justin c 17 5.1k 36 England
8 Oct 2005 10:49AM

McKenzie 14 22 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2006 2:04PM
Stunning captur, showing great detail.


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