A Dragon Fly ...

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  1. Mred32

    Mred32 Old and Decrepit

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    Since I couldn't make it to the Perth Photo Gathering I thought I'd take myself down to the local swamp and see what I could see.
    I saw lots of Dragon Flys. These little things move fast. To fast (and to small) for my 100-300mm auto focus, so for most of the moving shots I had to go manual focus. Canon 300D, 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM. ISO400 (mostly) and as fast a shutter as I could afford.

    I got some keepers at least:

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    And a small Hawk which seemed very interested in what I was up to:
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    (And yes, I have been playing with different frames)
    Thanks for looking,
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  2. oli

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    I really like the 3rd Dragonfly shot, that's awesome :thumbup:
     
  3. Osiris

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    3rd and 4th shots are my favourites, even though they are all impressive. But I really don't like those borders, sorry!

    .:Osiris:.
     
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    Mred32

    Mred32 Old and Decrepit

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    Thanks for the comment on the borders. No, I don't like them either :) except the one on the 3rd pic. Its subtle yet has a defined edge. I'll stick with that for a while.

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    They're all pretty good, but the 3rd pic is a ripper, nice one :)
    One to be proud of, for sure.
     
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    Agreed, very nice photography ;). Fave shot is the 3rd as well
     
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    like everyone, i think that third one is a bloody good shot!!
     
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    great work there. awesome shots!!!

    i so need a new digicam :(
     
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    that's brilliant mate :thumbup:
     
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    Nice shots mate! Especially the 3rd shot of the dragon fly...
    Any chance of a 1024x768 sized version without the frame(but keeping your watermark) of it?
     
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    Awesome work!

    My favs are 3 and 4. I love the framing in the 4th shot.
     
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    I want to have your babies :)
     
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    Mred32 Old and Decrepit

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    Get in line!

    LOL. I want no more babies thanks.
    Cheers for the comments peeps.

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  14. khoile

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    Wow, nice sharpness. Do you have to take these kind of shots with a tripod?? I can barely manage a sharp shot when the things aren't moving, let alone getting one in-flight :shock:
     
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    I doubt you'd be able to track these fellas with a tripod. Plus to freeze the wings like that the shutter speed would be high so hand shake shouldn't be too bad.
     
  16. Takumi

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    the detail in the first one is quite good
     
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    Mred32 Old and Decrepit

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    No, no tripod used. As petal666 says it would be nigh on impossible to track these things with a tripod. I'd likely do myself an injury :lol:

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  18. QuakeDude

    QuakeDude ooooh weeee ooooh

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    I can't get over the clarity of the shots.. even in flight.. so unachievable with anything but a good camera.

    I second wallpaper versions of the flight one, 1600x1280 please :)
     
  19. Zagadka

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    Very cool! :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    The ones in flight, MF?
    Were they hovering or flying along?

    Great work!
     
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    They fly along a bit, then hover for a second or two, then fly along again. I was tracking them along, then focus and shoot them while they hovered before they took off again.

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