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Dragonfly's wings reflect the sun as it rests on its perch over the water.

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Dragonfly's wings reflect the sun as it rests on its perch over the water.

comments (22)

  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 16 Nov 2007, 00:33
The wings are stunning as is the entire shot. A likey for me, Ray. Wow.
Ray: You flatter me, Kathryn....but, I like it.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 00:48
That's where the bug went! I'd say this was well worth chasing. Lovely work, Ray! What do you bribe them with to pose like that?
Ray: Dragonflies are very obliging insects, if you give them respect by not startling them.
I am pleased you like this picture, Martin...and hope tomorrow's gets your approval also.
Superb, as always. The wings look almost as if they are dusted with snow.
Ray: Thanks, Red Pen.
I am guessing the pro's would say that dusting is really amateurish over-exposure...but I think it is effective here.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 02:40
It's like the wings are glass, Ray. Man! You really are the master of these. Incredible.
Ray: I still have much to learn, Ginnie...even about shooting pics of dragonflies. But, I am so pleased you like this one.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, United States of North America
  • 16 Nov 2007, 03:35
This is a piece of jewelry from Nicole Barr collection.
http://www.nicolebarr.com/collections/plique1.htm
Ray cheated us again! smile
Ray: Damn! I should know by now that I cannot fool VZ.
You are very encouraging...thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Nov 2007, 04:52
Sheer beauty this shot. The wings, the metallic shine and the tiny little hairs on the legs.
Ray: Thanks, Scarlet.
It is a very beautiful bug, and I try to show that to folks who cannot be squatting beside me when I take the picture.
This is great
Ray: You are very kind Losola.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2007, 07:59
The wings look like they have a dusting of frost on them Ray.
Stunning shotsmile
Ray: Yes...I think your observation is good...strange to say about a bug in the sun with the mercury at about 38degC [100degF], Thanks for your comment, Tracy.
Ray, this is gorgeous! Like red pen, the wings look `frosted`. Amazing! (:o)
Ray: Thanks, Rosalyn. It is a beautiful insect, and I managed to get a few good pics of it...this one has the best wings effects.
Wow again !! This really professional quality ready for National geographic !
Ray: What a good idea, Zebigleb. It would be quite a buzz to get together a small portfolio of Thailand bugs and submit them to NG.
...on my list of things to do before I die!!
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 16 Nov 2007, 09:14
Top shot !!
Ray: Very nice of you to say so, Shakara.
Fabulous, Ray. You're not serving this fellow for dessert are you? I see he's already dusted with icing sugar. In seriousness though, a likey for me too.
Ray: Dusted with icing sugar...I like that!
Thais eat many bugs....scorpions, grasshoppers, rice roaches, etc...but I have not seen dragonflies on the menu.
Funniest item I ever saw on a menu in Bangkok was "Deep Fried Six Things"...I asked what the 6 things were, but they wouldn't tell me so I chose something a bit more predictable.
Thanks for your kind comment, Mary.
  • Mal
  • 16 Nov 2007, 13:48
super shot Ray, composition, light, tone all wonderful. mal
Ray: Pleased you like it, mal.
Think I might photograph some dragonflies through a smear of vaseline, and see how they turn out.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:15
Great shot. I think you are getting to grips - only thing is the 'face' of the monster is very slightly outafocus.

A little more apperture (let's say + 2 stops narrower) should do it if you aim at the snozzle.

If this was hand held - kudos. But get a good (e.g. Manfroto) tripod.
Ray: Thanks, Louis. I appreciate you observations and gentle advice.
Hand-held. I don't have a tripod, and feel at the moment that having one would get in the way of my shooting style...let's call it "shooting from the hip".
The face was in focus, but lost a little when I uploaded.
As you have suggested, I am starting to play about a bit to see what happens when I adjust Fstops...I think I have a lot to learn.
  • Ibrahim
  • Brazil
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:50
Really nice job, man. Powerful shot.
Ray: Thanks Ibrahim...you are very kind.
  • Nigel Clack
  • Looking forward to the game tonight
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:51
Stunning shot Ray, perfect DOF.
Ray: I am delighted that you like this, Nigel.
  • Stan
  • 16 Nov 2007, 17:29
Wow! Good thing I didn't post a dragonfly shot todaywink
Ray: Ha Ha. I think the folks could put up with 2 dragonfly pics on one day, Stan.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 16 Nov 2007, 21:38
Oh my goodness Ray, this is another winner.

Fabulous detail, excellent composition and framing. The clarity right through the picture is superb, you should be proud. smile
Ray: Thanks, Ellie. I am glad it gets your approval.
  • Steve
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2007, 23:05
Zowie Ray. This is fabulous, absolutely fabulous. I'd be over the moon if I ever got a shot with the lighting, clarity and colour of this one. Louis says the 'face' is a little out of focus. I'm not so sure - maybe it's a little soft, but dragonfly eyes are deceptive in that they tend to look out of focus even when theyre not, because of the markings.

What lens did you use?

It's a likey for me.
Ray: I am flattered by your reaction, Steve.
I used the 70-200mm f4 L lens, at 200mm, and shot it at the minimum focus distance of about 1.2metres, and without a macro ring. This is presently my favourite lens, and I find it gives remarkably sharp images across its entire range.
I don't use a tripod...my shooting style is basically relentless pursuit of bugs, and so I have no time to be setting up a tripod. I get a higher success rate if I don't drink coffee before the hunt. [grin]
  • lasiate
  • Philippines
  • 16 Nov 2007, 23:22
elle est parfaite, position lumière et DOF
Ray: Merci beaucoup.
You are very kind.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 17 Nov 2007, 23:50
I love how the colors of his wings match the color of the stick (rock?) that he's on. Amazing photo. I don't know how you do it!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2009, 11:59
Amazing & magical. Wonderful detail and clarity.
Ray: Thanks, Beth. Its a pretty dragonfly.

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