[photos] Call me "The Dragonslayer"

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Troy Piggins

    Troy Piggins Guest

    Ok, I got a big head because I finally hunted down some
    dragonflies that let me get close enough to them :)

    Bright colours this one, pretty close to his real colours too:
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_23&img=photos/2008_01_23/img_5730.jpg
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_23&img=photos/2008_01_23/img_5731.jpg

    Different dragonfly, but same colour:
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_23&img=photos/2008_01_23/img_5734.jpg

    This guy was cool. Let me get real close. He has his mouth part
    open here chewing some prey:
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_23&img=photos/2008_01_23/img_5743.jpg
    Crop of above:
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_23&img=photos/2008_01_23/img_5743-crop.jpg

    Got even closer here:
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_23&img=photos/2008_01_23/img_5744.jpg
    Crop:
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_23&img=photos/2008_01_23/img_5744-crop.jpg

    Bit disappointed with the crops actually. When you look at them
    100% there's some noise, probably due to darker bg. I haven't
    run them through NR software. Maybe I should.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 23, 2008
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    Pete D Guest


    Nothing to be disappointed with mate, they look excellent to me.

    Cheers.

    Pete
     
    Pete D, Jan 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Pete D is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks Pete.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 23, 2008
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  4. Some exceptional work here, Troy - you're giving Brett a run for his
    money! How the hell do you get these flighty little buggers to sit
    still for more than few seconds? I love 5743/4.

    I think the reds are a bit blocky in the first couple of shots - maybe
    you need to watch your in-camera saturation or post-processing and
    ease off a tad? They look a bit 'one-note-ish' to me. But overall,
    9/10!
     
    mark.thomas.7, Jan 23, 2008
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  5. Never seen a red one before.

    Are these photos taken in Oz?

    They look pretty good.
     
    John Phillips, Jan 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * is quoted & my replies are inline below
    * :
    Thanks Mark! I agree about the red ones. As I said, that was
    the colour of that DF. I'll look at the RAW files to see what
    the "blotchy" effect you mention is.

    I was just lucky and patient today. These guys let me get pretty
    close. That yellow one let me get about 200mm from him. He flew
    away a couple of times, but I just froze and waited there and he
    returned. I read they do that, liking to roost at the same spot
    a lot.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * John Phillips is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Yes. Ipwsich, near Brisbane.
    Thanks.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 23, 2008
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    Dan Lenski Guest

    Hi Troy,
    I love these of the red dragonfly. I've never seen one quite like
    it. Where are you taking these? Very impressive. What lens? Always
    good to see someone else using Linux for digital photography.

    Dan
     
    Dan Lenski, Jan 23, 2008
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    Dan Lenski Guest

    Very nice shots, Troy! I love these red dragonflies... I've never
    seen anything quite like them. Where were these taken?

    Always good to see another Linux photography guy, too.

    Dan
     
    Dan Lenski, Jan 23, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    Must of missed the post about the Linux camera, I thought he had a canon
    camera???? ;-)
     
    Pete D, Jan 23, 2008
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    Dan Lenski Guest

    img_5734.jpg

    Troy, these red dragonflies are very beautiful. I've never seen anything
    quite like them. Where did you take these?

    Also nice to see another Linux-using photographer :)

    Dan
     
    Dan Lenski, Jan 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Pete D is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    :D I think he noticed my newsreader ;)
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 23, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Dan Lenski is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Ipswich, near Brisbane, Australia.
    :) Thanks! Been using linux for about 10-12 years now at home.
    Also use Windows but all email, news etc is mutt, slrn all the
    way ;)

    Gimp is teh roxorz too!
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 23, 2008
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    Dan Lenski Guest

    Ah, that explains it. I was worried you would say "East Coast USA"...
    in which case I would start to worry about my powers of observation.
    Right on, I'm a long-time Linux user too, pretty much exclusive for
    the past few. I love the GIMP, and lately I've also become a big fan
    of UFRaw for raw image processing. Just discovered LProf for color
    calibration, and playing around with that too.

    Dan

    PS- Sorry for any dupe messages, I'm having crazy weird news server
    problems here.
     
    Dan Lenski, Jan 23, 2008
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    Dan Lenski Guest

    Also, those conspicuous Tux graphics on your homepage :p

    Dan
     
    Dan Lenski, Jan 23, 2008
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  16. Claws Rulez! :)
     
    John Phillips, Jan 23, 2008
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    MJW Guest

    Wow, I'm with the rest of the guys. Great shots, & i've never seen a red
    one before either!

    --
     
    MJW, Jan 23, 2008
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Excellent stuff!

    You guys get some cool looking dragonflies down there.
    I've never seen a red one.
     
    Annika1980, Jan 23, 2008
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    Noons Guest





    You suck!
    :)

    ps; well done!
     
    Noons, Jan 24, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Annika1980 is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks mate. There were probably half dozen of them in the small
    garden I was in. There were also these cool black ones with blue
    tail. Couldn't get close enough for those :(
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 24, 2008
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