© Wolfgang Dolak


Uploaded: November 02, 2002


... ready for takeoff. A Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) in close-up.


Donna R. Moratelli November 02, 2002

A bee or a fly? Oh my , you were really close to this thing. Very cool..... #12096

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

A dragonfly, Donna. This is a species, that can typically be found along the edge of woods, in open places like stone quarries or moors.
This one took me about 20 attempts!
birdie #20532

Donna R. Moratelli May 26, 2019

OH my,I am embarrassed now! I think that it was too early while I looking at this... I actually have close-ups of these insects too!! The dragonflys here are colored a bit differently though.They are bright green and florescent blue. I know that they don't stay still for long. This must have been a very difficult task to get so close, that quickly! Wow, Now that I know what it is, it deserves a WOW and GREAT job! #20539

Heather K. McFarland May 26, 2019

Wonderful macro image birdie! Love the warm colors. #20571

Ruth Denton May 26, 2019

Talk about your extreme closeup! This is a great photo! I have trouble with my macro stuff coming out in focus. You on the other hand have great results! #20592

Tess Campbell May 26, 2019

a stunning macro birdie.... #20594

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

Thanks to you all for your kind comments!
The late afternoon produced these warm colors.
Ruth: I always use a tripod or, as in this case, a beansack to have the camera still. This really makes the difference. Tripods are clumsy with dragonflies, you are too slow with them. A beansack or other sort of pillow can help. One thing I ought to mention is that the DOF with a digital is always greater than with a normal macro lens.

Donna: We have these colored ones too. I posted one yesterday. I made a series of about 100 pics this spring with a large dragonfly hatching. The foto I attach is a PS arrangement of a scan of this series.
Thanks again for all your feedback! #20611

Donna R. Moratelli May 26, 2019

Thanks Birdie! These are really cool pix! #20735

Gary H. Minish level-deluxe May 26, 2019

That is one incredible capture, Birdie!!

I love the warm colors also. How in the world did you get it to stay still for that close a shot? #20746

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

Thanks, Gary!
I followed it from one rock to the next, till I found out its favorite spot. Waited there with the camera ready and came moving in very VERY slowly. Whew...
birdie #20750

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