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During my rather hectic day I made half an hour to go over to the botanical gardens at University. There is a small pond there and when the sun is out lots of dragonflies patrol the area, including a few of the large Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) dragonflies. I took 60-odd photos this lunchtime and only a couple came out ok, and this is one of them. Taken on my 300mm f2.8 manual focus lens, it was not the most easy photo to get.
Posted 11:18pm Monday, 10th October 2005
Camera Model NameNIKON D70
Shooting Date/Time2005:10:10 13:13:25.90
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Wow, I donít believe youíve taken it with a manual focus lens. Itís a great shot.
AF Photogrphy
I think it was half an hour well spent. I'd be happy if I'd taken this with an AF lens. It's not often you see a shot of a dragonfly in flight, they're so quick! Nice shot, did you have to crop it at all?
The subject is not as sharp as you usually get, but that green background is brilliant.
You got that on manual focus? That's very impressive...
Thanks for the comments. Adam, there was a slight crop from the left to centre him in the image, but that's all.
For manual focussing this is an incredible shot, well done, i love the way it is seperated from the background so well, great stuff.
Very nice - not quite as sharp as we're used to, but very good all the same. Could autofocus actually keep up with one of these darting around? I've never tried photographing airbourne insects like this so I wouldn't know whether to prefocus or go auto.
I am not surprised that you did not get many - this is an exceptionally difficult shot - macro at high speed. Respect! (as the young people say).
Great shot. I love the dof.
show off ;) you are the master of these shots - great job!
Holy smoke! This is striking! Worth 60 pics for the bin if this is the result!! I love it!
I can't believe you caught this in mid air. I can only imagine how difficult it was. Very impressive.
Pardon me while I pick my jaw back up.... .. wow - you are amazing! great capture!!!

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