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Norfolk Hawker

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 2 August 2012 in Animal & Insect.

The last of the series. What made this little series special for me was that they were all shot in my back garden over the pond that was installed around 15 months ago.

Canon EOS-1D X 1/1600 second F/9.0 ISO 3200 190 mm

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Wow, great shot. Love the light, the details and the colours in it.

2 Aug 2012 5:15am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Lovely capture

2 Aug 2012 5:18am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe macro et libellule sur cette feuille sueprbe.

2 Aug 2012 5:35am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fantastic capture and a incredible series

2 Aug 2012 6:18am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful back-light, color and detail - Wonderful series!!

2 Aug 2012 6:33am

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

Amazing. Great macro shot, all the details are there.

2 Aug 2012 6:38am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Those are special, get a shots or two but must hike a while to find them.

2 Aug 2012 7:30am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

What a beautiful picture! Wonderful composition, colors and details. Have a nice day.

2 Aug 2012 7:34am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Sounds like a pretty little fairy ... transarentes wearing wings ... observing life from his privileged place. Magnificent! A hug, Adela

2 Aug 2012 7:36am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Delightful sharpness and warmth. No better way to enjoy your back garden!

2 Aug 2012 8:09am

David from Avranches, France

Reaping the benefits of your pond. Another great macro Chris. I best startb looking at lenses so I can do the same. Though Im conflicted at what I really want. I want great macro and zoom.

2 Aug 2012 8:21am

@David: Don't be temted to ask one single lens to do the lot! For instance, there's a Tamron - Aspherical [IF] MACRO AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD lens that does everything you want, but it's performance is shocking!! Asking a lens to be a macro, AND, a wide angle, AND, a telephoto means that too many compromises are needed, and you will be very fed up with the results. The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, is being asked to do less, and the results are stunning, but, it's over your budget(But, Sigma lenses generally are sold for 35% below list, so you might be alright. It would also be a good lens for your family shots., is a great place to start. How did you get on with "Error 99"?

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

5 *!! I love the background too!

2 Aug 2012 8:33am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Une petite merveille cette macro, les couleurs sont splendides. Bonne journée.

2 Aug 2012 8:33am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot.. love the DOF

2 Aug 2012 8:43am

Sylvie from Bords de Loire (Anjou), France

Comme c'est beau.

2 Aug 2012 8:53am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Very nice!

2 Aug 2012 8:54am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You wouldn't want to tangle with one of their nymphs though.

2 Aug 2012 9:08am

@grouser: This Spring, there was one in the pond, the mouth parts HAD to be the inspiration for the alien in, umm, Alien. it seemed to have an inner jaw and and outer one, and the inner one shot out of the outer one(If you can follow that) Scary indeed.

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain


2 Aug 2012 9:10am

David from Avranches, France

I looked at the error99 video, it wasnt the battery or the card, It did it again once I took a shot with the lens on so... Hopefully its just the lens, I will see if its still doing it once Ive tried another lens. I was looking at the Stigma range they look pretty impressive. Was thinking about trying the Camera shop opposite the Train Station once im in Reading next week.

2 Aug 2012 9:20am

@David: Why don't we go together?

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yes, they are pretty special shots, plenty more in years to come!

2 Aug 2012 9:28am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Another perfect shot, well done as usual.

2 Aug 2012 9:30am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Perfect shot.....the wings are gorgeous.

2 Aug 2012 9:35am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture . Very beautiful photo !

2 Aug 2012 10:40am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

You kept the best until last, the composition, the light and colour are super.

2 Aug 2012 10:46am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, this is one of the best dragonfly shots I've ever seen. The colorful background is just fantastic! 5*

2 Aug 2012 11:05am

David from Avranches, France

Sounds like a plan here's my email address wooldridgeda [AT] hotmail [DOT] com
Would be easier to talk and free up some space for actual comments lol.

2 Aug 2012 12:11pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

das war eine Super Serie. Dieses ist auch ein sehr gutes Foto.

2 Aug 2012 12:33pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Une photo 5* !!!

2 Aug 2012 12:47pm

---------Photo-Spice---------- from Konstanz, Germany

Great detail and smooth colours, nice pic.

Cheers JH

2 Aug 2012 3:18pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A great - a perfect macro ! I love the colors of the background

2 Aug 2012 5:26pm

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

yeah, this is my fave too

2 Aug 2012 5:46pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

I looked These dragonfly pictures, and I think they are very beautiful. They are very interesting and fun to be photographed to contact, as they sometimes have a relatively quiet. All are fine.

2 Aug 2012 5:46pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

These have been some superb macros. ANd to think all in your backyard. They have such excellent detail and crisp focus. My butterfly shots of today and the next few are all in my yard too.

2 Aug 2012 5:54pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow !!! What a wonderful macro, I'm in love with that beautiful bokeh... 5***** Have a nice evening :)

2 Aug 2012 6:41pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Does he call at Glencoe.

2 Aug 2012 8:07pm

@The Mouse: He's a Campbell

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Impressive backlit image !!! The sharpness of the details and light are just amazing, and the background colors, great ...

2 Aug 2012 9:59pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Really exquisite photo.

2 Aug 2012 11:04pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

In a word - magnificent.! Compliments Chris.

3 Aug 2012 12:00am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Okay, that's it ... I need a pond in the back yard. Maybe that's why I only see these creatures flying through and not stopping. Your shot is fantastic, Chris!

3 Aug 2012 2:08am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Of all the things that I did when I remodelled the garden, putting in the pond(which isn't big- 10ft by 4 feet at it's biggest) has given me the most joy. No pumps, just a hole in the ground with a liner, a few aquatic plants, and a year later,... loads of invertebrates and a few frogs and newts. A source of daily, changing pleasure

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful and splendid macro! Class A shot!

3 Aug 2012 4:14am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Wow, this is a 5*

4 Aug 2012 2:18pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

great tones and light.

14 Aug 2012 8:51am

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

emocion by Melocoton

Macro by Tamara

Canon EOS-1D X
1/1600 second
ISO 3200
190 mm