Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Elusive Adjutant - Adult female
Elusive Adjutant - Adult female
Elusive Adjutant - Adult female
Elusive Adjutant - Adult female
Elusive Adjutant - Adult female
Elusive Adjutant - Adult female
Elusive Adjutant - Adult female WW HQ


Bea said...

very cool pics

Anonymous said...

Amila, very cool shots of the dragonfly in macro :)
Have a good week!

Cecily R said...

The detail on these is amazing!!!

Indrani said...

Hi Amila, You know, when you show off with your dragon flies I feel a little J. Great shots all of them. :)

SandyCarlson said...

This is great. He seems to be a willing portrait sitter!

Anonymous said...

That is really a detailed subject.
The clarity is amazing. I love dragonflies.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Bea, Thank you!

Hi Napboaniya,
Thanks and you too have a great week!

Hi Cecily,
Thanks for dropping by. Your kids are lovely!

Hi Indrani,
Thanks! I am sure you will succeed photographing a dragon one of these days.

Hi Sandy,
Thanks! It's a she and yes she is a real show off.

Anonymous said...

wow! you have awesome photos here! i love the macro shot of the dragonfly! \m/

Natalie said...

Those are really amazing shots!

Corey~living and loving said...

very lovely shots. would you share with me what lens you used, and what the aperature was. I'm having a problem getting my macros in focus through out the entire photo like you did here. stunning.

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Amila, such great pictures are worth a thousand words.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Jean,
Thanks! Glad to know that you too love dragons. They are fun to work with.

Hi Etty,
Thanks! I am glad you liked them.

Hi Natalie,
Thanks for your comments. Nice to hear from you.

Hi Corey,
Thanks! They are taken using Panasonic Lumix FZ 18 in manual mode, handheld with no flash.
So, no special SLR lens. Aperture, shutter speed & focal lengths are:

First image:
F4.5 1/250 f=4.6mm

Second image:
F4.5 1/250 f=16.6mm

Third image:
F4.5 1/250 f=12.3mm

Fourth image:
F 3.6 1/100 f=22.1mm

Fifth & sixth images from top, which are the same:
F 4.0 1/200 f=11.4mm

The Last:
F 4.0 1/200 f=14.7mm

I hope this helps.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi RD,
Thanks a lot mate! That is what happens when a nature guide goes workless.

CJ said...

Those really are amazing. Thanks for sharing them.

Mine's up here


Anonymous said...

Beautiful, amazing shots!
Thanks for visiting.

Anonymous said...

Wow, great shots. Very vivid.

Happy WW!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. Nice shots.

Kimberly said...

Oh my goodness, those photos are STUNNING! Truly.

Happy WW! I will be back to this site for sure.

Carver said...

Those are wonderful shots of the dragonfly. I can't ever seem to get good shots of them because they always land on colors they blend into. I enjoyed these shot a lot.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic shots! What kind of dragonfly is it? Sri Lanka is on my list of places to visit. I loved birding in India. I'll be back to look around your site soon.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi CJ,
Thanks for dropping by. Sure will visit yours.

Hi Stine,
Thanks! Nice to hear from you.

Hi Emmyrose,
Thanks! Pleased to hear your comments.

Hi Blessed chic,
Thanks! I like your name.

Hi Kimberley,
Thanks a lot. Happy to hear that you'll be back (*sounds like terminator*)

Hi Carver,
I have given a few tips in the comments in a post named Spineless Sunday Part 1 below that you may find useful. I will be happy to help you get your first dragon shot.

Hi Beverly,
Thanks a lot! It is an Elusive Adjutant adult female. I thought of respecting the Wordless-ness of the day to leave all texts out of it!!

Great to know that Sri Lanka is on your list of places to visit. I will be pleased to organize your tour and guide you as that is what I do for my living.

I have together with two others have done an article in the July issue of the Natural History magazine, which you will surely enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Those are simply amazing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! These are some truly amazing pictures. WOW....

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Wow - I'm totally impressed. I love the third one best, the way it's grabbing onto the leaf, the pattern in its wings.

tigerfish said...

How did you manage to get so close ? :)

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Imandramamama,
Thanks a lot! Nice to hear from you.

Hi Random person,
Thanks! Pleased to hear from you two. I like your blog.

Hi Julia,
Thanks a lot! Yep, that one reveals a lot about it in one go.

Hi Tigerfish,
This particular sun-loving one is rather 'tame'especially at midday, so it isn't all that difficult to be honest.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What an amazing photo you have taken

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are amazing photos! It's great that it's "tame" and you were able to take all of these pictures of it.

Happy WW!

Anonymous said...

what incredible pics - is that a dragonfly? happy ww

Renna said...

Your pictures are utterly awesome!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. :-)

Unknown said...


Anonymous said...

Wow! Amazing shots. My kids love them too. Happy WW.

Cassie said...

Awesome pictures! What talent it must take to be able to capture those!

Jon said...

Absolutely beautiful photographs. Vivid colours and almost transparent wings, excellent.

Anonymous said...

The details on those are incredible! Happy WW to you too!

Smellyann said...

Wow, those are really cool. Great capture!

Raven said...

Awesome photos. They are so sharp and clear and such a variety of interesting angles. Impressive.

jams o donnell said...

Wow what amazing photos. I love dragonflies.

Modesto Viegas said...

Excellent detail, fine colors, beautiful photos!!!

Clarence said...

Those photos are pretty amazing, and the colours are beautiful. It looks like he's posing for you! :)

scrappysue said...

wow fantastic!!! i have a lumix too. they're great!

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

WOW! These are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy cool! Excellent details.

Lori said...

Yikes...Id hate to see that up close and personal. A bit big for my liking but beautiful pics:) Happy WW and thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Wow.. incredible captures.. thanks for stopping by my blog.. I am glad you did.. these pictures are beautiful!

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Lilli & Nevada,
Thanks a lot! Have a nice day!

Hi Alison,
Each dragonfly more or less has its own personality and this one is fun to work witj
Good day to you!

Hi Wildcatsthree,
Yes it is a dragonfly. As mentioned in the comments above, it is an adult female of Elusive Adjutant, which is a commoner species in my home garden.

Hi Renna,
Thanks a lot! I am pleased to hear your comments.

Hi Lily,
Thanks! I like your name.

Hi Melissa,
I am glad to hear that you & your kids loved them. They are cool & harmless critters to get the children hooked on nature at an early age.

Hi Cassie,
I love the ‘hunt’ for them. After a bit of practice they are not so tough to work with. Thanks for your comments.

Hi Jon,
I am pleased to hear your comments. They are lovely insects to observe and photograph.

Hi Angela,
I am happy the photos turned out okay. This was the first time I used manual mode ever to photograph dragonflies. Luckily my subject was obliging to let me try different settings.

Hi Smellyann,
Thanks! I like your name. Are you really?
Anyway, I value your courage.

Hi Raven,
Thanks! It was quite a poser, which helped me the shoot. Have a nice day!

Hi Jams,
Thank you! I am glad you love them too. Beware you may turn an Odonatoholic!

Hi Modesto,
Thanks a lot mate. It feels good to hear such good comments from a top photographer.

Hi Clarence,
Thank you. It is a ‘she’ and yes she is a real show off! Have a good day!

Hi Scrappysue,
Nice to you that you too are a Lumix user. I am discovering that it is a good camera for insects. I like your name!

Hi Lin.
I am happy to hear such comments from a top photographer such as you. I feel that m efforts putting up with scorching midday heat to shoot this is amply justified.

Hi Lori,
Thanks for being honest. You are obviously somewhat of an Odonatophobiac. Thanks for appreciating my pics. Have a nice day!

Hi Kimmylyn,
Thanks & you're welcome! Pleased to hear your comments.
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

wow, nice shots! you have captured all the details!

ST said...

words fail me!
nice work

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

Incredible detail and beauty- you have a great talent and camera lens.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Rizza,
Thank you! Have a nice day!

Hi ST,
Thanks as always! I knew you will like them.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi baby~amore,
Thanks! Have a nice day!
BTW, I am a 12th Man fan.

Anonymous said...

awesome how you captured those shots with such clarity and detail!

Your photographs are wonderful. Love your blog :)

Amila Salgado said...

Hi jmom,
Thanks! This dragonfly is quite a poser and almost always hangs around in a particular bright patch, so you can take your own sweet time to try out different camera settings & angles. Pleased to hear your comments. Have a great day!

Duncan said...

Winter over here Amila, with not a dragonfly to be seen, you're making my trigger finger itchy with pictures like these! Great stuff as always.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Duncan,
Thanks as always! With such seasonality I think you get to appreciate the treaturues each season brings more. In comparison, we living in an aseasonal part of the world take things for granted that they are pretty much year round. However, I must admit I know all about itchy-trigger syndrome! Have a nice day!

eastcoastlife said...

Lovely shots of a dragonfly.... I used to catch them when I was a kid. :)

Amila Salgado said...

Hi eastcoastlife,
Thanks! Yes, I too remember catching them when I was a kid - it was good fun.

Wendy said...

Great shots!

Kathie Brown said...

Your dragon fly is quite the acrobat! great photos all. I'm speechless!

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks! Have a nice day!

Hi Kathie,
It often performs ballet during midday and tolerates close spectators. Thanks for your comments as always!

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