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Anax imperator - detail #1

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 31 May 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I'm taking a break in the Orchid-series :-)

Last friday I had the opportunity making some images of a young female Anax imperator (Emperor Dragonfly / Grote keizerlibel). Rather then showing the whole dragonfly, I choose to display some details. They turned out to be almost abstract images.

Image: Ekeren (Belgium) - 28/05/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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AG from London, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, with Nature, the closer we look, the more there is to see. This is amazingly detailed and, as you say, moves it into the abstract. 5*

31 May 2010 5:56am

@AG: Thank you very much, AG. The details are indeed amazing. The more I look, the more I am wondered.

Florence from Paris, France

Funny face here too ! ;-)
Amazing close-up. Did you re-crop ?

31 May 2010 7:51am

@Florence: Thank you Florence. It is a very slight crop, just to get the composition right and the lines straight. That was nearly impossible in the field.

Photome from Uden, Netherlands


31 May 2010 8:09am

@Photome: Dank je :-)

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Zo close is niet echt mijn smaak, maar wel knap gedaan en de details van de libel zijn prachtig om te zien met name al die duizende facetjes! Je ziet ze vaak met mijten op hun kop, die zou op zo'n macro enorm zijn om te zien :)

31 May 2010 9:35am

@Monique: Ik vond het eens een andere benadering dan alles er in zijn geheel op te zetten. (Die foto's heb ik ook wel genomen.) De gelegenheid was er - dus ruimte voor experiment. Mijten kwam ik niet tegen bij dit exemplaar. Het was ook nog maar een net uitgeslopen exemplaar, dus veel kans om al mijten op te lopen had ze nog niet gehad ...

♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Ik vind dit schitterend..gewoon een kijkje door de 'microscoop'!
Knappe scherpe plaat, ik zie geen 65mm staan, maar kan me haast niet voorstellen dat deze gecropt is....?

31 May 2010 9:49am

@♏arleen: Dank je, Marleen. Het is inderdaad niet met een 65 genomen. Ik heb lichtjes bijgesneden, maar voornamelijk om de compositie recht te trekken - dat was in het veld bijna onbegonnen werk om meteen goed te krijgen. Ze zat laag in de vegetatie en er zaten continu een hoop gras- en rietsprieten in de weg... Werken met de mogelijkheden van dat moment he ...

k@ from Paris, France

The closest close-up i've ever seen - glorious !

31 May 2010 9:51am

@k@: Thank you very much, K@.

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Wow dat is prachtig
DIKKE 5*****

31 May 2010 1:13pm

@Patricia: Dank je, Patricia. het was een unieke gelegenheid om een libel eens van zo close te bekijken en te fotograferen.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

nice extreme close-up.

31 May 2010 3:23pm

@Daniel: Thank you very much, Daniel.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

fantastic close up...this could be a scientific picture..

31 May 2010 4:36pm

@KriKridesign: Indeed :-) I showed it to some teachers at school. Maybe they will use it in their lessons next year on insect eyes :-)

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

Wat een macro! Schitterend.

31 May 2010 5:33pm

@Joke: Dank je, Joke

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wow, a great macro !

31 May 2010 8:17pm

@Loner: Thank you very much !

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

WOW!! I might add, wow! Just to say it again. I can't even get a bug to behave in frame let alone capture something like this. Wow!

1 Jun 2010 1:52am

@Dutch: It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I guess. This female was still drying the wings. That way these dragonflys are not mobile ... They just can't fly that way. So I was able to get realy close and make a whole series of details. Normally you don't have the time to do that ...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Good choice, because the close-up really works as an abstract. The 150mm must have given you the working distance to get this shot.

1 Jun 2010 3:21am

@Julie Brown: I even had too much working distance ... This dragonfly was sitting very low in the vegetation, so, lots of distracting grass was getting in the way ... But I love that lens :-)

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Idd mooi abstract!

1 Jun 2010 3:02pm

@Ralph: Dank je, Ralph. Ik had het geluk dat dit net uitgeslopen vrouwtje nog natte vleugels had en dus niet echt ver weg kon :-) Op die manier dan je ze rustig tot heel close benaderen ...

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Ook deze is prachtig!!

1 Jun 2010 8:58pm

@Mascha: Dank je :-)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Again: very good work!

7 Jun 2010 8:21pm

@daniela scharnowski: And again, Thx! You gave me a lot of reply-work again this evening, but I appreciate all your comments.

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm