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- Eyes of a Dragon -
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Challenge: From Above II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR
Location: Singapore botanical Gardens
Date: Jul 4, 2009
Aperture: F14
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 1/160s
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 4, 2009

Top View of a dragonfly. Pretty extreme crop.

Vision dominates their behaviour, including predation and looking for mates. The compound eye is made up of ommatidia which is a visual unit consisting of a lens system and a group of light sensitive cells. A large dragonfly may have up to 30,000 ommatidia in each compound eye. Each ommatidium collects one visual information, together form a mosaic image in the dragonfly's brain

This dragonfly is very alive , so it was a pretty difficult shot. I could not even use a monopod for this shot as it was just not practical , so I was shooting hand-held with with my 105mm. The wind blew occasionally making it even more difficult. I was just shooting away hoping to get a couple of sharp shots that I could crop later.

Not a usual perspective for a dragonfly shot , hopefully DPC voters will take to this kindly.

Andrew....05th July2009

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 141
Avg (all users): 6.5084
Avg (commenters): 7.4615
Avg (participants): 6.1698
Avg (non-participants): 6.6508
Views since voting: 1872
Views during voting: 279
Votes: 179
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/17/2009 06:20:02 PM
Congratulations! I just had to comment on the fact that this has some noise in it, but handheld at ISO 2000 with an extreme crop and some wind it's an amazingly clear shot. Did you use noise reduction? USM? Thanks for the dragonfly vision lesson.
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07/15/2009 09:24:17 AM
Awesome macro. Congrats on top 10.
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07/15/2009 04:16:11 AM
Nice one! Love the blurred out legs...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/14/2009 03:54:39 PM
very delicate,, nicely done
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07/14/2009 02:54:59 PM
Nice macro... not feeling "above" enough
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07/14/2009 02:10:17 PM
oooh i like this, the wings look so detailed. 8
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07/13/2009 10:06:02 PM
Challenge Relevance:7 Impact/Emotion/Mood:6 Technicals:9 Processing:7 Creativity:6
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07/13/2009 09:45:30 PM
I'm not a fan of bugs per say, but I do like the detail in your image. The composition and lighting also work for me. Good luck in the challenge.
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07/12/2009 06:27:13 AM
This is SHARP... not a fan of the centred composition, but the sharpness and colours make up for that somewhat.
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07/12/2009 05:32:34 AM
great macro and beautiful harmonie in color and composition. a winner, for sure.
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07/11/2009 02:39:37 PM
slightly over processed for my taste, but nice picture
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07/09/2009 04:26:46 PM
I guess you did it with diopeter and ring flash or even a tube.

great work, so much detailed!
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07/09/2009 12:01:08 AM
excellent pov, as if viewer is riding on it. cool!
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07/08/2009 07:33:37 PM
In my top four. 10. Fits the challenge perfectly and is an unusual angle, taken sharply and interestingly. (voted earlier, back to comment)
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07/08/2009 06:25:38 PM
Excellent macro!
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07/08/2009 11:46:24 AM
Amazing detail. bump up
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07/08/2009 04:30:10 AM
superb and perfect for the challenge...8
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