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Probably sees me better than I see it.
Perhaps you can see a little of the aerodynamic shape of the front edge of the wing of this spectacular flyer?


Probably sees me better than I see it.
Perhaps you can see a little of the aerodynamic shape of the front edge of the wing of this spectacular flyer?

comments (19)

  • VZ
  • United States
  • 1 Oct 2008, 00:40
A pure marvel of a natural genetic engineering. An unsurpassed living flying machine.
Ray: I agree totally with your remark, VZ.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 Oct 2008, 01:00
Super Macro Ray
Ray: Thanks, Vintage. I have been trying many times to pick up the detail on the eyes like this...It finally worked.
Wings? I'm just looking at those eyes, mesmerizing...
Ray: I get the impression this guy has a better set of eyes than me.
''... and all the better to see you with.''

Ray: [grin] Thanks, Richard.
Great shot.
I need a macrolens.
Ray: I don't about that, Mats. here's my take:
1. Macro lens is fun, but soon you are looking for ways to dress it up to get closer and closer.
2. The more stuff you screw onto the macro lens, the heavier it gets and the narrower the DoF gets.
3. Soon enough you get to the point where all your shots are rubbish, unless you attach your camera to a tripod.
4. Now you have the great heavy piece of very sensitive equipment that is not at all easy to carry about and set up if you are seeking living animals in real-world frustrating is that.

Summary: Better strategy, I think, is to make do with whatever equipment you have...put your attention into your bed partner who, almost certainly, looks and works better under-dressed rather than over-dressed! [grin]
What a cracker Ray. Dragonflies are one of the most spectacular of insects.
Ray: Dragonflies have been around for millions of years, but have always looked like pretty much the ultimate design in flying machine. Thanks, Bill.
Ray you have done it! This has got to be the best macro you have taken? Perfect DOF!
You must have chuckeld to yourself when I sent that link, I can imagine you thinking 'just you wait young Nigel'grin
Ray: Funny thing, Nigel...I did think "...wonder what young Nig will think of this?"
I don't know if it is my favourite macro, but certainly would make it into my macro portfolio.

[Nig..on friday I begin a week long series on flowers close-up...I have dedicated this series to you, cos you really got me interested in this subject through you superb work...check it out and blush!]
Ray! I bow to you. I have sat for hours at the pond, just trying to get one of these guys in a shot, much less with such precise focus. How in the world do you do it?
Ray: A little secret, Kathryn...I sit for hours at the pond... [in fact, I now have a little collapsable 3-legged stool so I can be a bit comfortable whilst engaged in all that inactivity].
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Oct 2008, 10:03
one of your best macros...
Ray: Thanks, Photosam...I was quite happy to get all that eye and wing detail.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 1 Oct 2008, 11:03
Ray, these images are spectacular.

How do you get so close, or are you using a long lens?
Ray: Thanks, Brian.
Sometimes I use a long lens, but on this occasion I used the 100mm macro with so much extra stuff screwed on the front and back of it that I had to get up close [about 8cm from the front of the lens to the dragon's eye] takes a lot of patience, study of the habits of the individual dragon, and practice, but I enjoy the challenge.
I continue to admire your captures of this subject, Ray.
Ray: Thanks, Jennie.
I am pleased you are not bored yet!
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Oct 2008, 12:03
Absolutely stunning.....why can't I get my macros this sharp?
Ray: Thanks, Padraig.
Actually, I find I get better results if I drink my Jamieson after the photo-shoot, rather than before or during...not sure if that tip helps... [grin]
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Oct 2008, 15:34
Seriously excellent - what a head to carry, no wonder they smear my car's windscreen that much.
Ray: Yes...and the head seems to be all eyes and mouth...they would be fearsome-looking animals if Nature scaled them up a bit.
very nice--the DOF is perfect. Great detail on the "face" yet the shallower DOF on the wings make them look like gossamer.
Ray: Thank you for your kind comment, Dawn.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 1 Oct 2008, 19:08
Now this is a beautiful bug.
Superb macro
Ray: Thanks you, Magnus, for your generous remark.
  • tim
  • some were in Armley, Leeds:)
  • 1 Oct 2008, 19:43
well if there is a better macro of a dragonfly on SC would you please point me in the right direction Raysmile
Ray: You are too kind, Tim.
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 2 Oct 2008, 21:37
Amazing shot! smile
Ray: Thanks, Zohre. I am pleased you like it.
Wonderful !
Ray: You are very kind, Zebigleb.
There's hardly something new I can say than agree with what all the others said. Breathtaking!
Ray: I am very pleased you like this one, Julischka.

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