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Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
8 Aug 2004 2:18PM
A screamer of a shot, I fancy your chances of getting an EC for this one, excellent.
geegee 17 29 England
8 Aug 2004 2:23PM
This is unbelievable, an incredible shot. This is a macro to end all macros!

steve5452 16 15 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 2:24PM
Stunning image, very up close and personal.
ashley 17 167 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 2:26PM
wow great shot, well done
Terry L 17 609 5 England
8 Aug 2004 2:27PM
Incredible detailed macro shot Tim, outstanding work.

8 Aug 2004 2:34PM
A well composed and amazingly sharp shot, click
pebbles 17 106
8 Aug 2004 2:57PM
Stunning macro shot, don't normally go for insects, but this one is so unusual and a good title too. What's it praying for I wonder ?

8 Aug 2004 3:07PM
Very cool. Wow.
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 3:20PM
This is one heck of a shot Tim,fantastic detail, brilliant work!!!!Click

billma 17 119 United States
8 Aug 2004 3:31PM
This has to be impossible to top. Just one amazing photograph.

simont 17 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 3:37PM
Wow, stunning, in your face or what. Brilliant shot.
cozzie 17 56 Northern Ireland
8 Aug 2004 4:11PM
super shot
ukuwi 17 476 1 England
8 Aug 2004 4:48PM
truly one of the most amazing close-ups I have ever seen, brilliant photographySmile
gemm 16 800 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 5:05PM
Wow! Most amazing details! Just excellent!
8 Aug 2004 5:52PM
Fantastic - sums it up nicely. Den
Denise 19 279
8 Aug 2004 6:39PM
Amazing shot.
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 6:45PM
They just keep getting better and better. Was this flash assisted or taken with natural light? The detail you have pulled out is outstanding

sze4j 17 56 Singapore
8 Aug 2004 6:57PM
outstanding details...excellent...Big click!

BTW, is it possible to get a shot where everything is in focus? Looks like it is clasping its hands together, as if in prayer or somthing like that! =)
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 7:02PM
Tim you are the master of this sort of macro,detail is beyond belief. Once again you deserve an EC for this.

Best wishes.

vfr400 19 886
8 Aug 2004 7:36PM
Stunning macro, amazing detail one to be proud of.
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 7:47PM
Wow, I can't believe the reaction to this one! I must thank you all for leaving such generous comments!

To answer the questions, this was taken without a flash or tripod. ISO 200, F5, 1/250th, 180mm with 35mm extension tube.

Sze it is possible to get more things in focus than I did here, but usually even the slightest wind swaying the branch which the dragonfly is sitting on, prevents the use of greater depth of field, especially for such a close up shot. In perfect conditions I could have shot this at F32, but there would be only a subtle difference in the result.


whipspeed 16 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 7:51PM
Wow. Truly up close & personal.
User_Removed 17 239 7 England
8 Aug 2004 8:05PM
Neat an amzing shot. Great how you can get such a close up. Well done.
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 8:25PM
Fantastic shot Tim, first class macro image. Well done.
wambikes 16 2
8 Aug 2004 8:37PM
Corking Close up. Like it.
s males 16 England
8 Aug 2004 9:31PM
that superb,its like its another world in macro photography,
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 10:15PM
Tim - with that additional information I can only say I'm stunned. To get this much detail and DOF is incredible. You must have hands of steel to keep the camera steady!

celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2004 11:50PM
Thanks Brian!

The steady hands are one thing, but the hardest trick with these shots is getting the dragonfly hypnotised enough to accept a 72mm lens about 6 inches from it's head! Rather like trying to bring the Empire State Building into Paris without anyone noticing!


warb 17 839
9 Aug 2004 12:23PM
that is fanbloodytastic. wooah!!

*warb award.
f1ash 16 2
27 Aug 2004 12:31PM
WOW. How did this not get an EC?!? Totally awesome. click
pipapelada 16 135
1 Feb 2005 1:38PM
That's hilarious and I agree with f1ash above about the lack of EC. Absolutely stunning work!
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2005 8:26AM
Thanks Daniel, f1ash & Pip, who cares about an EC!!!, what matters is what the real photographers like!

RC is worth ten times more than an EC!


Nadia 18
23 Mar 2005 4:07AM
Love the detail! Now I have to practice more with my macro...
debbiehardy 16 363 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2005 7:49PM
29 Mar 2005 3:36PM
this is a close up!
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2005 4:41PM
Nadia, Debbie and Ivana,

Thank you all for your generous and kind comments!


shane 16 7 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2005 6:09AM
Playing catch up on some of your outstanding work. I can't believe I have mist some of these

Brilliant close up

30 Mar 2005 6:43AM

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