Anax imperator - detail #2

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 June 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

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GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Showing us again the remarkable beauty to be found in nature.

1 Jun 2010 6:53am

@GJC: I indeed keep wondering myself when I look through the lens....

♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Dit wordt toch wel wat creepy....maar het is een beeld dat ik nog niet eerder heb gezien...!
Uniek plaatje, mag van mij in een ietsje kleiner formaat;-)
(ben je bekend met het werk van Wim van Egmond? Ook zulke bijzonder beelden:-)

1 Jun 2010 9:26am

@♏arleen: Wim van Egmond is me onbekend, maar als het wat rustiger is de komende weken ga ik eens op zoek. Dank voor de tip. Tja het is uiteraard heel sterk uitvergroot op deze manier ...

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Super die details!

1 Jun 2010 3:03pm

@Ralph: Zo zie je inderdaad niet vaak foto's. Ze zijn dan ook meestal weg voor je de kans hebt af te drukken. Ik kon een hele fotosessie doen met dit exemplaar... een unieke belevenis hoor.

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Zow das wel beangstigend, deze foto. Maar echt weer prachtig en zeer scherp

1 Jun 2010 7:34pm

@Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤: Tja, wanneer je dingen gaat uitvergroten kom je in onbekend terrein natuurlijk ... maar om er schrik van te hebben ... nu ja, gelukkig zijn ze niet van dat formaat ... :-)

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige details en vormen, die zo bijzonder zijn van dichtbij, Toevallig heb ik net ongeveer dezelfde soort foto's gemaakt.Ik vind dit soort foto's fantastisch, met name omdat het niet gelijk herkenbaar is!!

1 Jun 2010 8:57pm

@Mascha: Ik blijf me verbazen over al die details. Leuk dat je ook de kans had een libel zo close te benaderen. Ben benieuwd naar je resultaat ook ...

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Was the dragonfly alive? Your photos are so perfectly framed. I know, you drugged it! Tsk tsk ;)

1 Jun 2010 11:43pm

@Dutch: Sure it was alive ! I slightly cropped the images to reframe :-) I deliberately made the images a bit wide to have the opportunity to frame them right - this was impossible in the field... just happy i got all details sharp :-)

Cruz from exurbia, United States

Beautiful and scary at the same time. I don't want to meet a dragonfly this big!

1 Jun 2010 11:56pm

@Cruz: Thank you, Cruz. Be happy - you won't meet a dragonfly this big :-) but looking at it through the camera as like a microscope was a wonderfull experience.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Another interesting view. Is that the body, or a reflection below the head?

2 Jun 2010 1:11am

@Julie Brown: This picture shows the place where the wings are joined to the body. The top section is the thorax-shield just below the head.

k@ from Paris, France

Just unbelievable ! Which lens do you advice ? Never made any macro yet, but i'd love to one day. A 105mm ?

5 Jun 2010 5:06pm

@k@: That's realy a hard question... It depends on what subject you want to capture. For insect-macro's I should advice some more mm in order to have more working distance. For plants or static subjects 105mm will do.
I started with a 60mm macro to learn. Now I use a 150 mm macro. Some more advice: always use a stable tripod for macro-work !!! Macro is a lot of fun, but needs some (lots of) practice to get good results ... (As in all kinds of photography I guess).

k@ from Paris, France

Thank you for your answer, i won't do macro right now but i'll remember*

6 Jun 2010 1:17am

@k@: You are welcome.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Did you sedated her/him? or sang a lullaby? Great, great work here my friend, found already two faces in this, maybe I´ll find some more later.

7 Jun 2010 8:18pm

@daniela scharnowski: Glad you will return to the image later :-))) Valium is wonderfull ;-) No just kidding. I was happy the wings still were drying. It is the only moment these dragonflies gives the opportunity for an extensive photosession... Just lucky to find this specimen at the right moment.

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