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Challenge: Shallow DOF IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF for Pentax
Location: Japan, at school
Date: Sep 5, 2008
Aperture: f16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 8, 2008

For the five summers I lived in Tochigi, this kind has been the most common dragonfly. However, this year there have been very few. In the past, you'd see literally thousands during the days during several months, but this year they've been pretty much absent. Very strange.


Woohoo! Top 10. ;-)

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 324
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Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.4933
Avg (non-participants): 6.7905
Views since voting: 2386
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 180
Comments: 11
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08/26/2009 08:21:45 AM
10 = perfection
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09/20/2008 07:38:05 AM
Originally posted by CarpeLumen:



Best picture in this challenge, i'd love to know some things though..... how did you get so close without scaring it off, do you know what kinda of AF you were in and was it alive.


This is a species that lets you get close; they'll even land on your finger sometimes if you hold it up.
AF? Manual focus. Cropped off wing at right and some of the sky.(Head was at centre.)
Alive, of course.
09/20/2008 04:56:36 AM
[quote=hotpasta] amazing...and without a macro 1:1 lens...this is brilliant [/quote

I had a old pentax lens, 35-70 and it also had a "macro" option probably just like his. Its not like crappy lenses today that have a macro switch that does about nothing, if his is like mine, the barrell rotates, extends and locks..... effectively becoming an extension tube built in. So he may have been at 1:1. Man i miss lenses like that.

Best picture in this challenge, i'd love to know some things though..... how did you get so close without scaring it off, do you know what kinda of AF you were in and was it alive.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/17/2008 03:14:44 PM
Originally posted by hotpasta:

amazing...and without a macro 1:1 lens...this is brilliant


Well, actually I've discovered that this favourite little lens of mine isn't on the lens list, and I've listed it wrong. It's a Sigma Zoom 28-80mm 1:3.5-5.6 II Macro, which can be clicked into macro mode at 80mm. I don't realy feel like asking it to be added to the list because then I would have to change a lot of lens details in my portfolio. ;-Þ

Message edited by author 2008-09-17 15:16:09.
09/17/2008 08:51:44 AM
amazing...and without a macro 1:1 lens...this is brilliant
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/15/2008 05:41:58 PM
His head looks huge, cool detail on the fuzzy legs.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/13/2008 11:46:01 PM
spectacular 10
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09/12/2008 01:27:32 PM
dragonfly? NICE!
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09/11/2008 09:40:43 PM
what a mug on this guy - the control of focus is right on the nose and eyes, and legs...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/10/2008 10:27:37 PM
I HAVE NEVER SEEN A DRAGONFLY THAT CLOSE UP BEFORE!!! HOW DID YOU DO THAT!?!?!?!?!?!?! WONDERFUL PICTURE!!!! You can even see the light in the dragonflys eye, which is amazing. I had no idea that is what they really looked like up close, and now that I see them, they are not as cute as I thought they were.
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09/10/2008 11:03:08 AM
Nice photo, DOF is well done, easy to focus on the subject.
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