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author Hans Van Rafelghem
title They never sit still!
date9/6/2005 10:15:24 AM
detailsAeshna mixta -- Migrant Hawker hovering over a pond

Canon EOS 1D Mark II + 180mm macro + 1.4x (MF)
1/320s f/7.1 at iso800
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1 Sergei Samus (Serega to friends)     (9/6/2005 10:27:30 AM)
Hans this is great! Comparing to modern tele lenses macro ones usually are much slower in autofocusing and don't have that vibration reduction facilities that makes them much more difficult to catch any dynamic scenes like this one. Could you tell me what was your focusing technique? Did you pre-focus or still were able to make use of autofocusing?
Superb catch.
2 Hans Van Rafelghem   (9/6/2005 10:29:27 AM)
Thx Sergei, I used manual focus for that. AF is too slow and besides that, the Sigma 180mm & 1.4x does not work well in AF on my camera.
3 Sergei Samus (Serega to friends)     (9/6/2005 10:33:56 AM)
#2 Hans Van Rafelghem: thanks, that's what I was assuming. This is definitely one of the reasons we don't see much of these as opposed to flying birds. All credits to you for that.
4 Ad   (9/6/2005 12:04:25 PM)
Great capture Hans.
5 Haim Ziv   (9/6/2005 12:39:41 PM)
Sorry if I'm wrong, but from my experience on this kind of shot, this is not a flight pose (!!) it's hover pose !. You took it when he was just "standing" (float) in the air. I'm not saying that it's easy doing that. Really, I don't see anyone doing a real flight pose (when he is moving from one point to another) without special electronic equipment on a very limit place. Nevertheless nice image.
6 Ido T   (9/6/2005 1:20:14 PM)
Outstanding photo!
The colors, the light, the sharpness they are all excellent!

How do you do it?
7 Gianluca Posella   (9/6/2005 1:56:03 PM)
well done
8 Paulo Fernando   (9/6/2005 2:28:58 PM)
Dragonfly flying is very difficult of if photographing. Very good photo congratulations
9 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (9/6/2005 8:37:56 PM)
#5 Haim Ziv:

Yes, I agree; and Hans did say the Dragonfly was Hovering and not flying point to point. I tried getting a picture of one flying point to point and got my neighbor's dog in the picture instead of the Dragonfly! LOL!

Nice picture Hans! I like the look on the dragonfly's face!
10 herman blockx   (9/7/2005 3:42:07 AM)
I'm glad you posted this one in this contest! Action , that's what it's all about!
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