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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I think this is a common hawker but it would not stay still.
A male Green Hawker?

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

That is a nice spider shot Andrew

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Well I didnt expect an ID from that
I thought it was OK for a 60mm shot
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hoverfly Volucella inanis

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I think this is a common hawker but it would not stay still.

A Dragon fly by by Alf Branch, on Flickr
The body and tail colours, eyes, and timing all suggest Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyanea. (https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/s...outhern-hawker)

The other possibility would be Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta (https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/s...migrant-hawker)

For me the body stripes are wide enough to be cyanea but it is an interesting angle and top-side details would help!

I suggest not Common Hawker which has blue eyes and much narrower body stripes.

Only Alf will know what usually flies at that location though.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I believe mine is. Is yours? ;-) These were processed on my MacBook Pro. Will check on my new iMac when I get home.

I've asked for other opinions on these photographs and one agreed with you but others have said they're fine. They went down well on other forums judging by the number of likes. I would say the foreground of the butterfly shot was too bright. The bee shot doesn't appear too bright to me at all.

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I believe mine is. Is yours? ;-) These were processed on my MacBook Pro. Will check on my new iMac when I get home.

I've asked for other opinions on these photographs and one agreed with you but others have said they're fine. They went down well on other forums judging by the number of likes. I would say the foreground of the butterfly shot was too bright. The bee shot doesn't appear too bright to me at all.
I have not calibrated my monitor this week with my colotmunki smile.

What do you use?

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...alibration.htm
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A male Green Hawker?

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The body and tail colours, eyes, and timing all suggest Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyanea. (https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/s...outhern-hawker)

The other possibility would be Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta (https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/s...migrant-hawker)

For me the body stripes are wide enough to be cyanea but it is an interesting angle and top-side details would help!

I suggest not Common Hawker which has blue eyes and much narrower body stripes.

Only Alf will know what usually flies at that location though.
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I am not sure what it is I never saw one stay still long enough for me to know.
I am still exploring this location and yet it is not far.
This was all I managed as I only went armed with my holiday set of the E-M5ii 60mm f2.8 and Nissin i40 flash and diffuser.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I did get these as well though

Dragon fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Damsel fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr

This is from a couple of months ago

Ichneumonoid wasp ovipositing by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

More recent stuff with the 60mm

ringhia campestris by Alf Branch, on Flickr

ringhia campestris 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Our laurel hedge coming up trumps this time of year as a home for many different spiders and other insecty-stuff:

Garden spider by Boxertrixter, on Flickr

No idea what type of spider this is - maybe someone will recognise it?

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I am not sure what it is I never saw one stay still long enough for me to know.
Try for a dorsal view.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Richard my laurel hedge is always good.

The spider is well shot they are not easuy to shoot on the web.
Your harvestman has 7 out 8 legs which is not the worst score I have seen for. This is an Opilione not a spider it has a single segment body doe snot spin silk and has no venom and that leg will not grow back.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Currently I don't own one. The MacBook Pro was calibrated but not for a while. Anyway I've taken a look at the Bee pic on two different iMacs and iPads and I think it looks good. Exactly the look I had in mind when I took the photograph - not often that happens! I find many macro shots a little too dark for my tastes. Maybe that's just me. Brightness and/or exposure is such a subjective thing.

As much as I love nature, I take macro as much for the potential aesthetics of the shot as much as the amazing animals themselves. I know we all have different aims in our photography.



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Currently I don't own one. The MacBook Pro was calibrated but not for a while. Anyway I've taken a look at the Bee pic on two different iMacs and iPads and I think it looks good. Exactly the look I had in mind when I took the photograph - not often that happens! I find many macro shots a little too dark for my tastes. Maybe that's just me. Brightness and/or exposure is such a subjective thing.

As much as I love nature, I take macro as much for the potential aesthetics of the shot as much as the amazing animals themselves. I know we all have different aims in our photography.
Your photo your choice I stand by my original comment
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