Green Darner

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Itallica on October 7, 2009

View2 a zoom. (play on 'room to a view', second viewer, in case the comment is too obscure). Is this for real? Great detail "Bits"

someGuyinmasset on October 7, 2009

What a cool bug! Great detail on him Bits.

Norrel on October 7, 2009

It's a cyclops! It's looking at me with it's one yellow eye!

Nice bug, Bits. You're lucky it posed for you.

diannemcd on October 7, 2009

Brilliant photo, amazing when you enlarge it, the detail is fantastic.

Bits-n-Pieces on October 8, 2009

Thanks Tery, Guy, Norrel, and Dianne ! Well, when I saw this thing in the yard early in the morning, I thought at first it was a humming bird, it seemed so big. Then it came and landed on the seedhead right next to me, so I had to grab the camera, thinking I was witnessing some rare insect! LOL was on me. When I went to look it up, it's the first dragonfly listed in both my big books, and is apparently very common: The Common Green Darner (Anax junius). Well, its not common to me! It was HUGE! The head was about 3/8 inch in diameter.

Itallica on October 8, 2009

Hi Bits is there such a thing as an uncommon green darner? It sure is big. And you say it waited for you to fetch your camera!

Bits-n-Pieces on October 8, 2009

well, there's a Giant Darner, that's supposed to be even bigger. But this thing sure seemed pretty Uncommon to me! But apparently Green Darners are the State Insect of Washington State, so I guess they must be pretty common there. From looking at a few websites, I guess this is a female. The males have blue 'tails' or whatever one calls the back parts that are brownish on this one. And yeah, it just rested there for quite a while. LOL, it didn't just allow me to pull out one camera. I tried all three!

whoelius on October 8, 2009

Bloody hell, Bits. Checking out the EXIF here really shows your smarts with this one.

On first glance it looks like you might have used a macro lens, such is the detail.

Bits-n-Pieces on October 9, 2009

Hey who - Thanks!! I didn't think much of the quality of the shot when I first was looking through things. I'd completely forgotten what I'd set the ISO to until later in the day when trying to shoot something else. I was AMAZED! Sure says a lot for the quality of the new camera!

whoelius on October 24, 2009

Which lens was this with?

I'm sorry I ask so many questions :D

Steve Paxton on October 28, 2009

Nice colour to your dragon mine was way less colourful. interesting ISO and yep you are right. I know BNP has a 18-200mm mostly on the camera will be interesting to see the reply.steve

kamalyn on October 28, 2009

Hi Steve and who! (I'm gonna be lazy and confuse you by not re-signing in to say 'Thanks'!) The lens was my standard 18-200 Nikkor VR zoom. The light was so low that standing several feet away and using this camera/lens was the only one where I could see enough to be sure it was in focus. But I just took the shot as a bit of a lark, not thinking I'd get anything usable with that ISO. What a pleasant surprise!

Nawitka on November 27, 2010

Oh, I missed this when you posted it. Marvellous and the story that goes with it is pretty interesting too! Yeah, I'd be darn happy with a shot like this!

Bits-n-Pieces on December 1, 2010

Thanks Nawitka! I almost wanted to print this out 8 x 10 with the title 'Look Ma - ISO 3200!!!!!!!' lolol. You'd never believe it was dark enough that I couldn't even focus on it.

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  • Uploaded on October 6, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/10/05 06:51:21
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 95.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO3200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash