Common Dragonfly, close up

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  1. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    I finally got to spend some quality time with a dragonfly yesterday after a whole summer of feeling like I'd missed the party! This very obliging male Sympetrum fonscolombii was determined to bask in the sun yesterday and wasn't going to be put off by me creeping up on him and repeatedly putting a lens in his face. In fact he seemed quite fascinated by his reflection in the polarising filter.


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    D300, 60mm AF-S
     
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  2. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    Great close ups. I haven't seen the S. fonscolombii this year. It is rather rare here.
     
  3. Spectre

    Spectre

    Feb 20, 2008
    Oregon
    Nice dragon and great close ups.
     
  4. great shots
    and, with the 60mm..... wow

    that is awesome
    well done
     
  5. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thanks everyone!
     
  6. rotxlk82

    rotxlk82

    Jul 20, 2007
    UK
    Very nice work, the detail in no3 is amazing
     
  7. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thank you Robert
     
  8. well done! Using flash fill?

    glenn
     
  9. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thank you. I'm using just the pop-up :smile:
     
  10. Leif

    Leif

    Feb 12, 2006
    England
    Nice pictures, but are you sure that is a Red Veined Darter? Looks like a male common to me. I might be mistaken, since I don't have my reference book to hand.
     
  11. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
  12. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    I believe Leif may be right by looking closer. Wouldn't the fonscolombii have a little more blue at the lower part of the eye, and the black in front of the eye would go down along the eye just like the vulgatum?
     
  13. trwigg

    trwigg

    19
    Jul 11, 2008
    texas
    Wow, the detail is just really great. Nice.
     
  14. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    Thank you Tim.

    (I'm pretty convinced this is a male Common Dragonfly now so i've changed the title)
     
  15. Nice series, excellent detailed close-ups!
     
  16. Wait..are those with a 60mm macro or are the upper photos enlarged crops?
     
  17. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    They are all with the 60mm and they are all cropped to some extent, but none of them by very much. The first two extreme close ups were just cropped to centre the image - I was as close as possible to the dragonfly who was in love with his reflection and quite happy to have me there as long as I moved very slowly.
     
  18. WOW !!

    Take care Dwayne Oakes
     
  19. Wow! That is as close a shot of a dragon that I have seen.