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Last Dragon of Summer
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Last Dragon of Summer
Last Dragon of Summer
I have really enjoyed this past summer chasing dragonflies and damsels around the fields and ponds in my backyard. This image of my lovely friend is one of of my favorites from the pond. Re-cropped and re-submitted as a farewell until next year! It was captured hand held in macro mode. I did a litle additional work to remove background noise in PS as suggested by a BP member. Thanks Ariel!
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Z. Banu
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    WOW!!!!!!well done nice composition excellent macro details too good keep it up!!!!!!

9/20/2006 3:27:38 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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GREAT capture, Laurie!!

9/20/2006 3:54:46 AM

 
Terri L. Scribner
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Great macro capture, Laurie!

9/20/2006 4:09:06 AM

 
Anna Diederich
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Excellent capture Laurie! Love all the detail!

9/20/2006 4:18:32 AM

 
Sharon K. King
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WOW!!! Super macro!!!

9/20/2006 5:00:47 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Laurie, excellent detail, lighting and point of view.

9/20/2006 7:35:37 AM

 
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Thanks so much Zaanat, Colette, Terri, Anna, Sharon, and Janine for your very nice comments!

9/20/2006 3:43:03 PM

 
Nadine A. Lewis
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OUTSTANDING image, Laurie!!! I really think we'll see this one again!!! Very well done!!

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9/20/2006 5:18:16 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Absolutely awesome macro Laurie. Incredible detail.

9/20/2006 5:41:06 PM

 
Bill Morgenstern
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S U P E R B !! This is definitely a winner in my book. I hope you keep chasing dragons and damsels for a long time and give us more images like this.

Bill

9/20/2006 7:37:11 PM

 
Sue L. Cullumber
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Laurie, Wow! Incredible pic! Very nicely done!!

9/20/2006 8:19:18 PM

 
Tarun Bose
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Classic macro work. Lovely details and colours. Looks a winner to me. Great work Laurie.

9/21/2006 3:16:56 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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WOW! Love everything about this outstanding macro capture, Laurie! :) Hope to see this again! :)

9/22/2006 4:25:28 AM

 
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....AMAZING macro Laurie, I love your composition and pov....well done...Aimee

9/22/2006 4:32:31 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Fantastic macro and detail. Like those eyes

9/22/2006 10:25:17 AM

 
Michael Khoury
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A terrific macro, laurie !...
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9/22/2006 12:30:31 PM

 
Roger D. Meador
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This is extraordinary.

9/22/2006 12:54:03 PM

 
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Thanks so very much to all of you....Nadine, Cheryl, Bill, Sue, Tarun, Jenny, Aimee, Stephan, Michael, and Roger. I really appreciate all the positive feedback a great deal!

9/22/2006 2:27:06 PM

 
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WOOW!!Perfect macro,Laurie!!!Love it!

9/22/2006 5:53:13 PM

 
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Thanks so much Orsi. I just visited your gallery, and sure did enjoy the trip. You have so many spectacular macro images!

9/22/2006 6:05:11 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Jaw dropping... spectacular!!

9/25/2006 10:04:45 PM

 
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Thanks so very much Nicole!

9/26/2006 2:49:17 PM

 
Judyann Plante
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Wow, Laurie! Fantastic macro.

Judyann ><>

9/30/2006 7:26:11 PM

 
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Thanks Judyanne!

10/1/2006 9:11:25 AM

 
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Simply WOW !!! Smells like a winner to me :O)

10/4/2006 1:20:48 PM

 
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Thank you very much Sylvia!

10/5/2006 3:04:00 AM

 
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This is nothing short of AMAZING to me! If this is not a winner than nothing should be! LOVE IT Laurie!!!

10/19/2006 8:10:43 PM

 
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Thanks so much Sheesh for the vote of confidence!

10/20/2006 3:23:53 AM

 
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Really nice, Laurie. I've thoroughly enjoyed my wander through your gallery. Last time I tried for dragonfly pictures I got about a hundred chigger bites.

10/23/2006 11:07:09 AM

 
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Thanks Mitch!

10/23/2006 2:10:48 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Congratulations Laurie on one of my favorite dflys!

10/26/2006 2:55:56 PM

 
Judyann Plante
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Big congratulations on this much deserved finalist, Laurie!

Judyann ><>

10/26/2006 5:38:20 PM

 
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Congratulations Laurie...a well-deserved win !...
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10/26/2006 5:55:59 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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totally cool shot! congrats!

10/26/2006 6:22:20 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Thanks so much Cheryl, Judyanne, Michael, and Laura!

10/27/2006 3:39:21 AM

 
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Laurie, congratulations on your finalist.

10/27/2006 8:50:57 AM

 
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Thanks Janine!

10/27/2006 2:27:45 PM

 
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Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Laurie!

10/27/2006 6:30:06 PM

 
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Thanks Sam!

10/27/2006 6:32:11 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Amazing details, great macro!! Congratulations!!!!

10/27/2006 6:45:33 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Thanks Donna!

10/27/2006 6:46:52 PM

 
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HEY HEY HEY!!! Was I right or what?!! (I think it should go further too!) Congrats Laurie!!

10/28/2006 2:28:59 PM

 
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Great macro. Like those eyes. Congratulations

10/28/2006 3:00:15 PM

 
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Thanks so much Sheesh and Stephen! I really appreciate your comments...we'll see Sheesh... I am honored and humbled just to be in the finalist circle!

10/28/2006 3:06:28 PM

 
RC  Fritz
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Fantastic macro, Laurie. Excellent job. Congratulations on your Finalist!

10/28/2006 6:22:09 PM

 
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Congratulations Laurie, I loved this one !...
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10/29/2006 1:26:48 AM

 
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Huge Congratulations on your Win, Laurie!!

10/29/2006 2:54:09 AM

 
Judyann Plante
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So happy yo see this one here! Congratulations, Laurie!!!

Judyann ><>

10/29/2006 2:55:36 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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A Big Congratulations on this stunning macro

10/29/2006 6:57:38 AM

 
Z. Banu
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Congratulation...........Best wishes

10/29/2006 7:59:13 AM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congratulations on this outstanding winning image, Laurie!!!:)

10/29/2006 8:07:22 AM

 
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Oh my gosh...I am pretty excited! Thanks so much RC, Michael, Susana, Judyann, Stephen, Zaanat, and Jim. I certainly would never have been taking images like this one if I hadn't signed on with BP, and in the process met so many talented people from all of the world. Thank you all!

10/29/2006 9:39:58 AM

 
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Congratulations on your second place winner.

10/29/2006 12:22:49 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Wonderful details and lighting in this fantastic macro. Contratulations on this terrific winner, Laurie!!!!

10/29/2006 12:25:28 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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congrats on your win! GREAT shot!

10/29/2006 12:54:56 PM

 
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Thanks so very much Kay, Melissa, and Laura!

10/29/2006 1:28:33 PM

 
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Laurie, congratulations on your Second Place Win!

10/29/2006 2:58:00 PM

 
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Congratulations on your second place win, Laurie!

10/29/2006 3:40:44 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Huge congratulations to you Laurie. This is a great macro!

10/29/2006 4:10:06 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations, Laurie!!!

10/29/2006 4:27:13 PM

 
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Thanks so very much Janine, Sam, Cheryl, and Colette!

10/30/2006 3:10:53 AM

 
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Laurie, congratulations on your well deserved win. Excellent clarity on the subject and the bokeh on the background.

10/30/2006 10:26:32 AM

 
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Thank you so much William for your appreciated comments and congrats.

10/30/2006 2:18:42 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Congratulations, Laurie, on your great win!
Fabulous macro!!!

10/30/2006 8:51:15 PM

 
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Thank you Nobi!

10/31/2006 2:27:45 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Congratulations on your POTD Laurie!!

11/1/2006 4:52:35 AM

 
Bill Morgenstern
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I knew from the moment I saw this it was destined for the winners circle. Congrats Laurie on a GREAT image and well deserved win. Dragons are ART!

11/1/2006 6:22:29 AM

 
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Thanks so very much for your wonderful comments and support Cheryl and Bill!

11/1/2006 2:58:43 PM

 
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Unbelievable! This should have won first place! :D Fabulous photo--amazing you were able to capture it without a tripod!

11/3/2006 8:12:21 PM

 
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Thank you Colleen for your vote!!!

11/4/2006 5:10:26 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Laurie! Wonderful photo!

Cathy :)

11/9/2006 10:27:29 AM

 
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Thank you Cathy!

11/9/2006 2:39:23 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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This is wonderful!!!! Super capture and I have enjoyed you gallery. What type of lens did you use? I have a nikon D70.

11/23/2006 5:52:12 PM

 
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Thanks Shelly! This was taken with my Olympus C-8080 in macro mode. No separtae lenses with this camera so when you are working in macro you are really up close and in their face....It was a matter of being just millimeters away. I think dragonflies like looking into the camera lens!

11/24/2006 6:19:18 AM

 
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Thanks Laurie! I have a macro on my Nikon but seems like it does not get this close..love it. Thanks for the help. I guess I need another lens..LOL

11/24/2006 7:28:59 AM

 
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