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Speed Racer

By celestun
The Larger Version is Highly Recommended!

A Male Red-Veined Darter Dragonfly - Sympetrum fonscolombii...

... taken mid-flight at 1/6000s (just kidding!)...

Wouldn't that be cool though!

Oh well, this one gave me the impression of speed, so that explains the title at least.

1/250@f22 ISO 400

Tags: Close-up and macro

Voters: johnjrp, VNelson, glazzaro and 32 more

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Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Jul 2005 6:56AM

MoWiz 15 114 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 6:57AM
Awesome image, well done
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
27 Jul 2005 7:00AM
Crikey and you said mine was close!....Nice one Tim,....You do it on purpose don't you?

Upstage me that is!.....LOL

pcjackso Junior Member 15 7
27 Jul 2005 7:02AM
Superb macro shot.
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 7:07AM
Thanks for your comments!

Ade, all my uploads are meticulously calculated to make you turn as green as possible... it would be so boring otherwise!



cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
27 Jul 2005 7:07AM
super detail and colouring

27 Jul 2005 7:08AM
Theres absolutely no way I'm looking at the bigger one ;-0. Superb. K.
sze4j 17 56 Singapore
27 Jul 2005 7:12AM
wow, what a difference between the big and small version!! Superb....sure reminds me of a speed cyclist!! =)
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
27 Jul 2005 7:13AM
Thought as much.....Boo Hoo!
Meg 16 393 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 7:13AM
Great shot, the only thing I would change would be the font, its a little tricky to read, the detail is amazing
Meg x
bono 16
27 Jul 2005 7:13AM
Nice shot well done

Doclassie 16 1.1k England
27 Jul 2005 7:15AM
Thats a cracker!

Fantastic colours. You're right, seeing the large version really shows how lovely and sharp it is.

Top work!
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 7:21AM
Top class macro, excellent close up details, fascinating image.
lizziew 16 5
27 Jul 2005 7:30AM
that what i call a close up! have just looked at the larger pic and wish i had'nt lol amazing detail well captured........liz
gemm 16 800 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 7:48AM
That's close! Great shot.
27 Jul 2005 7:56AM
very detailed and well focused macro..Smile...))))))))))) superb Smile...)))
Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 8:10AM
amazing close up
cdm36 17 391 7 England
27 Jul 2005 8:12AM
Youre right Tim, Large versions a must, terrific detail on it, you can count all the hairs on this, Nice one!!.

pink Plus
17 6.6k 8 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 8:15AM
great macro work
Jon_Iliffe 15 78 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 8:25AM
Wow. And thank God they are not life size pics!!!
IanFlindt 16 740 21 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 8:26AM
Extraordinary and exceptional, Tim. The large version, as you say, is particularly striking. I thought for a moment you were serious when you said it was in flight. Not that I'd be surprised.
MarkyMarc 16 498 Canada
27 Jul 2005 8:34AM
At first I thought it was a bit soft from the small version but then opening the large one I see that's definitely not the case, the detail is fantastic (of course seeing who took it I should have known!). The red colouring does kinda look like racing apparel.

joko 17 1 Bulgaria
27 Jul 2005 8:39AM
Amazing close-up. Great detail.
27 Jul 2005 9:30AM
Great detail.

27 Jul 2005 10:47AM
It looks like sea food, if this arrived on a platter I would tuck into it along with the lobster and crayfish!
Excellent close up but not such an endearing subject as usual.

27 Jul 2005 12:22PM
smart one
starstriders 16 1.6k United Kingdom
27 Jul 2005 12:49PM
This is great. It instantly reminded me of a jockey with the position it is in! I love the bold colours. The title works well too.
raptor 16 2
27 Jul 2005 12:59PM
Amazing shot.

mattberry 16 259 14 Greece
27 Jul 2005 1:29PM
Large version is a must for this as the small one does give the illusion of softness.

Fantastic detail and vivd colour, excellent shot all round!

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
27 Jul 2005 2:03PM
Now that is a real close up! Beautiful shot indeed! Spot on! Click!!!

VNelson 16 3 United States
27 Jul 2005 3:56PM
Amazing colour and clarity. I've been trying unsuccessfully to get one in flight just to see if it can be done. 70+ shots, mostly blank or blurred...someday maybe.
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2005 1:23AM
So many great comments and very much appreciated!

Verne, it has been done on EPZ, I have seen two emperor in-flight shots! An excellent attempt can be seen here !

Meg you are right about the font of course!



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