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Little Monster

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 29 May 2008 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

There are dragonflies and there are big dragonflies. Regular visitors know that I'm always open for some jurassic feeling, and I find rather big dragonflies like this one quite formidable. Funnily enough I could capture this one with my zoom lens.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Your detail is fantastic, MS. This is really excellent.

29 May 2008 5:49am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks a lot, Michael. I'm still discovering the details of Colognes botanical garden; this little dragonfly pond is one of them.

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

And capture it you have . . I must make an extra effort this year to photograph these. Thanks for the crisp reminder!

29 May 2008 7:45am

@Ronnie 2¢: My pleasure :-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Yes , of course, a very beautiful shot. I like details and particulary the way dragonfly hold on to the flower with it delicat legs.

29 May 2008 7:51am

@Evelyne Dubos: It took a rest for a while and allowed me to make a few shots :-)

juant3 from Bremen, Germany

WoW! That is really one big dragonfly and such great details you were able to capture... And, I can imagine that the original photo is with much crispier details!

29 May 2008 9:51am

@juant3: (To be honest: I sharpened this one a bit. Ssshhh... ;-)

Veronelle from Lens, France

Very very nice macro

29 May 2008 10:13am

@Veronelle: Thanks - but actually it was a zoom, not a macro :-)

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Wonderful shot, MadScientist! Wish this was one of mine!

29 May 2008 1:28pm

@dobbino: That was a lucky moment. I was about to leave the place (and already had stowed my cam away) when I saw this dragonfly. Fortunately it had a longer rest, so I could make a few shots.

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The detail of the wings is amazing, like fine intricate glass.

29 May 2008 2:13pm

@JoeB: They are really good fliers! I didn't even notice a humming sound. Just superior technology :-)

crafts from Malang, Indonesia

Excellent shot and perfect color combinations!

29 May 2008 2:50pm

@crafts: Thanks a lot, crafts!

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Excellent details and it's so crisp and sharp! Well Done!

29 May 2008 5:30pm

@Jen: Thanks so much! Lesson learned: use the zoom lens and make nice pseudo-macros :)

Tracey from White Hall, United States

Gorgeous detail in the wings. Well done!

29 May 2008 5:47pm

@Tracey: Thanks, Tracey. This one was big enough to see the details. The dragonflies I usually spot at home are way smaller.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Nice shot, great detail - well done!

29 May 2008 8:52pm

@Ina: Thank you, Ina!

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Oh MS, this is a SUPERB shot!, these are one of my favourite inscects along with Damselfiles.

30 May 2008 1:04am

@MaryB: Thanks Mary, but this was just a lucky moment with a big insect that even I could not miss :-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

What a capture!!!! All details there......and this one IS beautiful! (I generally prefer butterflies! Which.....I hardly can capture!)

30 May 2008 9:37am

@Japanalia: Butterflies would be nice to capture, but unfortunately they are rather seldom here and too fidgety for me. :-)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I don't know if it's my unsteady hand or what, but I'm not having much luck with my 300mm lens unless I'm pretty well braced, even at 1/500th second shutter speed. Just recently reviewing a bunch of shots I took at 1/500, and very disappointed in the lack of sharpness, I was thinking I might need to start shooting at 1/1000. I'm surprised you got this kind of clarity at 1/250 and 300mm.

30 May 2008 2:51pm

@Twelvebit: Don't worry, for me it's my macro lens that I'm 'weak' on. But my Tamron is a fine lens, colours are slightly duller than with my cheap Sigma everyday lens, but nothing that can't be corrected. Can't remember any shot you've done that was blurry, though :)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

You haven't seen my blurry shots because I don't post them. I took a bunch of wildlife shots a couple weeks ago and where I was free holding the camera about 90% of them were unusable. A lot of them looked ok on the LCD screen but were unacceptable on my computer monitor. Sometimes a little blur works in an image (or even a lot), but normally I just delete the blurry stuff immediately.

30 May 2008 9:19pm

@Twelvebit: So do I... Hm, strange! To find out if it's you or the lens, I would borrow a zoom lens (perhaps with camera) from a friend or rent it from a store and try some shots. If the photos you make are OK, get a new lens for your camera, if they also appear blurry - tough luck!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful macro MadScientist. I enjoy the sharpness, great job.

31 May 2008 12:58am

@akarui: Actually it's a "zoomo" :-) I enjoyed the sharpness too, because light was rather dull, I didn't expect that.

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany


4 Jun 2008 3:09pm

@Michael: Unsere Nachbarn haben zwar einen kleinen Teich, aus dem auch Libellen schlüpfen, aber die sind ziemlich klein. So einen Brummer sieht man hier auch nicht alle Tage!

Daily Phototherapy from Sacramento, United States

Outstanding capture! The colors and the crisp details are marvelous!

13 Jun 2008 3:47am

@Daily Phototherapy: Not bad for a zoom lens, eh? :-)