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This is another photo from the botanical gardens at University. Again, taken with my 300mm manual focus lens, it was one of the few that came out that day. The Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) dragonfly is one of the UKs largest insects and will fly when most other dragonflies will be waiting until it gets warmer!
Posted 9:30pm Thursday, 13th October 2005
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ian
It amazes me how you get thes on the wing David - excellent work.
GeeTee
What a superb shot. I'm useless with action stuff - I admire your technique.
Leigh
WOW is the word that springs to mind with this shot. What wonderful clarity and sharpness - it's excellent! Thanks for your comments on my site :-)
Brian
Do you do any professional work? If not.. why not?!!
Sidney
Amazing capture! I wonder how you do this. Excellent! Beautiful!
Alan Graham
Incredible. I'm not sure what your success ratio is, but even getting 1 shot in 1000 would be good odds. Spectacular.
AF Photography
"I took 60-odd photos this lunchtime and only a couple came out ok", If these were only ok I can't wait to see the good ones! Very cool to put the other shot up first when you new you'd got this one. Absolutley stunning David.
SteveO
Amazing, do you pre-focus and wait for it to fly past or do you try to follow it? Very impressive shot.
CurlyToes
Steve, it's a bit of both. I pre-focussed to a point where it seemed to always come back to, but I needed to tweak the focus some when it actually got there, as it never arrived at exactly the same point! I did try following them about but that really reduced my success ratio, which was about 4/60 at that particular session :o)
owen
Inredible.
David Kapp
I'm really amazed at the quality your getting from that monster manual focus lens. I've seen very few in-flight dragonfly shots, and non have been with a lens like that :) -- I'm more than a little impressed.
Emma
Truly outstanding David.
garyx
Incredible focus and clarity - is this a hand held shot?
CurlyToes
Thanks for all the comments, everyone. Gary, yes it was handheld, but the fast shutter speed helped to freeze the movement.
tobias
Yes, a static shot is good going but catching this dynamic creature "on the wing" is fantastic. Changes this from a scientific image to a great photography shot. These things are great but this just adds another dimension. I like the backdrop too.
Sean
Wow, fantastic grab, beautiful color as well. Superb!
Jem
Awesome mid-flight shot! :)
Monkeygirl
Absolutely fantastic that you could take this picture while he is flying!

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