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Agent Orange-Blossom
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 HZ DG Macro, Digital ISO 200, UV 62mm Kenko
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects and Spiders of Southern Africa, Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2, A study in Entomology (insects) 1, 90-99 Puntos (chapter 1), Macromania [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-18 3:35
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common pond damselfly - Ceriagrion glabrum

I photographed this male damselfly at the Thulasihleka Pan Bird Sanctuary at Richards Bay. It required the normal run around, panting, sweating, begging, exclamations, retries and patience.

Taxonomic Classification

: Animalia
PHYLUM: Arthropoda
CLASS: Insecta
DIVISION: Palaeoptera
ORDER: Odonata (toothed jaw)
Medium to large insects, with a long, slender abdomen, 2 pairs of large clear wings with very complex venation, very large compound eyes and short, bristle-like antennae. Odonata consist of two suborders:
- Dragonflies (Anisoptera) are large and robust, with broader hind wings than fore wings, both pairs opening flat when at rest. They have large eyes which usually meet on the top of the head. These are split into 2 simple groups. (1.) Hawkers, usually bigger, faster flyers with long bodies and wingspan of ±10cm, and (2.) Darters and Chasers, usually smaller, fatter and have slightly flattened bodies with wingspan of ±5-7cm.
- Damselflies (Zygoptera) are smaller (daintier) and have more slender bodies, with equal fore and hind wings held together vertically above the back when at rest. They have eyes which are widely separated.
SUBORDER: Zygoptera
Damselflies have a rectangular shaped head. They undergo incomplete metamorphosis. The female lays eggs in water, sometimes in underwater vegetation. Nymphs are carnivorous, feeding on daphnia, mosquito larvae, and other small aquatic organisms. After molting, the adult emerges and eats flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects.
FAMILY: Coenagrionidae
They enjoy a world-wide distribution, and are among the most common of damselfly families.
GENUS: Ceriagrion
SPECIES: glabrum

Medium-sized (wingspan 46mm), with pale orange thorax. Abdomen uniformly red or orange in males, olive brown in females.

- Usually with black pattern.
- Their ground colour may be green, blue, yellow, orange, or purple.
- Their wings are narrow, usually colourless and clear.
- Adults make very short flights from low perches just above the water surface.

Common and widespread in streams and pools that have extensive reed beds.

Throughout Southern Africa and also Madagascar, Seychelles, and apparently Australia.

Cool Facts about Odonata
- Today there are approximately 5,300 known species in the world.
- Their front and back wings move separately so they can stop and change direction in mid air.
- They can fly at speeds of up to 50km/h.
- They can detect movement up to 15m away.
- They are very successful hunters with bristly front legs to catch their victims and large mouth parts to crunch them up.

Source: "Field Guide to Insects of South Africa" by Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving. Struik Publishers.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

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To thor68: Thanks for your concernloot 1 06-20 14:30
To jchemas: Thanks my friendloot 1 06-20 14:21
To aido: Almost a standardloot 1 06-20 05:59
To coasties: The D/D CLUB!Janice 3 06-18 16:18
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Hi Loot

Wow... you really nailed this guy. I am always impressed at the ability of the photographer when I see a quality shot like this of a damselfly. I have tried on two occassions to photography these guys and bummed out both times. Suffice to say, I take my hat off to you, very well done on this magnificent shot. :-)

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2006-06-18 4:08]

Stunning capture, with great detail.

Hi Loot,
it's such a pretty damsel, the colour is phantastic, so intensive, I like that.
Also very good sharpness. Thank you very much for sharing this beauty with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-18 4:36]

HI Loot, a good shot. It's very simple and effective, the colours are lovely and it's a good composition. I think I would be tempted to reduce the space above it's head and maybe add a tweak of contrast.

Nice job.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-18 4:52]

Oh no! Loot's joined the damselfly / dragonfly Club!! For some of us who never see them to photograph them, we feel so out of it!!
Great shot Loot, yes I do think so!! It is a stunning capture, with good colours and sharpness. Well done,

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-18 5:22]

Very beautiful photo and damselfly!
Wonderful colours it has!
Very good DOF and details!
Very good POV and BG!
5* and TFS!


A great macro that you have posted here. The Lighting and BG make the subject very detailed and a wonderful pic. TFS,

Hi Loot,
this is a beautful damselfly wiht lovelu colours.
Very good sharpness, only the end of the tail is slightly OOF, maybe f8 had helped, but thats a minor nit.
Well composed and good POV.
Great work.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-06-18 7:03]

Hi Loot,

This damselfly looks very fragile. The colours are wonderful and the details - especially the wings and the dorns on the legs - are super. You managed the background very well. The soft colours give this photo a sort of magic touch.
Well done.


Comprehensive note.
Cool colour, I don't think we have any orange damselflies.
Great sharpness and POV.
Nice contrast with the green background.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-18 8:13]

Hi Loot,
A great capture of this (not so common to me) damselfly. Color, details, POV and bg are fine.
TFS. José M.
The list of requirement (panting, sweating,...) are useful for those of us that found difficult to catch them :-)

Nicely captured Loot,
Images like this make all of the running around and sweating worth it.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition. Great shot.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

After all that sweating, panting, begging and @#$&^!* etc., this prize shot is worth its weight in gold, Loot.
I can't think of a better perspective, DOF and composition than that.
Thanks for sharing this gem.

Well all the panting and sweating you did to get this picture really paid off. Both colors and details are excellent, I also like the color of this particular damselfly as I have not seen one yet like it. As far as I can remember anyway. Well done Loot. :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-19 2:34]

Hi Loot!
Fantastic macro. Composition is very good, same as details and blurred BG. All damselfly is sharp and well focused. I like its orange colours and green eyes. Very interesting note!

Poor Janice :-) D/D Club is stronger day by day :-)

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-06-19 14:37]

Hi Loot,

After the felin's jungle, and the fishe's jungle, you are now exploiting the insect's jungle !
No subject will stop you, you and your lens. This one is excellent. Sharp and well exposed. Fine details of the insect are detaching beautifully from the blured BG. Composition is very simple and don't need to be more complicated to be very effective.

Nice close-up and TFS.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-19 16:22]

Hi Loot, a very nice macro shot my friend. Excellent well exposed colours, great details and lighting. A difficult one for composition as they are so long and like you say in your notes difficult to capture but I think that you have done it well. I would have probably taken the space from above so that the stem goes into the corner of the frame but that is just my personal preference and I am quite happy with your version. Very well done and good notes. TFS.
Best wishes,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-19 22:02]

What an eye-catching composition, Loot. : )
The combination of the bright orange damselfly and the bright green twig is very appealing, not to mention the soothing pastel colors of the BG. The composition is strikingly simple, yet so effective, with the two subjects, the insect and the plant stem, matching each other in physical characteristics: long and skinny. The sharpness of the details is outstanding, and the exposure is just perfect.
A masterpiece. TFS. : )

Hi Loot
Félicitation pour cette superbe prise de vue .ce magnifique macro eet de toute beauté avec des détails et des couleurs a nous couper le souffle.C'es fantastique de pouvoir regarder les détails des pattes et de son oeil.
Merci et au revoir....JP

Solid detail, good exposure, nice work. Especially like how you handled the wings, some really fine detail.


"It required the normal run around, panting, sweating, begging, exclamations, retries and patience"
at first i was worried, but then i saw the date: 2-26 -
i guess you shouldn´t be up and running yet, do you?
hi loot, hope you chased away the flu by now! :-)
in the meanwhile you make us smile with this orange "line"
clinging to a blade of grass.
the body is so amazingly long and thin and the see-through wings are so delicate and beautiful.
wonderful clear, sharp and perfectly composed shot
and as i can see, not your first D/D-piece of art.
well done & i hope you take care, thor.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-20 2:50]

Hi Loot,
Excellent Damselfly close-up.
Excellent pov,dof,focus,sharpness,vivid colors,blurred bg,note,framing and composition.Well Done.TFS.
Have a Great Week,

Hi Loot, nice compo, colors and details.
I love the BG most of all and the pose of this insect.

Geluk Loot, hierdie is goeie werk. Very good pose and composition, as well as the focus and DOF. Well done.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-20 4:15]
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Hi Loot,
Excellent macro! A great looking Damselfly, I've never seen one this colour before. Beautiful colours, great detail and perfect DOF. All of your work paid off, it's a great shot.

On the presentation, I might have framed the Damselfly so it's almost horizontal and then as Paul suggested crop some space from the top. Just a suggestion though, I think we all have different ideas and I always find it useful feedback to know how other people might have approached the same subject.

An interesting and entertaining note too, almost a standard from you now :-)


Hi Loot,
What a beauty! I really like your composition here. I'd say the exposure is near perfect. Very beautiful and saturated colors. Detail is tack sharp. Your control on the DOF was superb. The OOF backround makes a very clean and perfect contrast for the subject.
Outstanding work my friend!

Hello Loot.
This is a great shot. You amaze the heck out of me, because you my friend have become an expert on every type of nature pictures and everyone of the one that you post, have as a common denominator, that they are great.
Congratulations on this one.
Great colors and details and I love the BG.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-20 16:24]

Excellente photo Loot. Vous me rendez jaloux.
Couleurs et arrière-plan très réussis. Détails très intéressants.


Hello Loot, I know what you mean by "normal run around, panting, sweating, begging, exclamations, retries and patience" as I run after one last week! Finally I was able to take a good picture of it at 2 inches from the insect (to be shown). You sweated and you begged but I think that you'll be heard for your picture is excellent! No "fla-fla" as we say in french! Only the insect and its weed! And what an insect: a remarkable orange damselfly with green eye! Great pov and composition! The nice and blurred bg enhanced very well the damselfly! Great shot with great details! TFS,


hi Loot,
Well, I return after some days with scarse time and bad internet conection.
A difficult insect to take a good close up because its speed flight and for its size.
The colours and composition with blurred BG are great, maybe the focus is not so well like the rest I write above, but still is a good picture.
Best regards

Hi Loot,
that fragile damselfly looks very pretty in its glowing colours against the neutral green of a distant background.
I very much like the rainbow colours of the eyes, and the tiny black thorns on the legs that obviously are powerful instruments to have a firm hold of a prey captured in flight.
Very appealing composition. And perfect notes, as always from you! With thanks, and best regards,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-23 12:22]

As the worldcup is continueing for the orange squad of NL and since I am from NL, my eye fell upon this picture at once. :) Seriously, this is a fine picture, Loot. Very sharply focussed and brilliant colors. I love the compo, DOF and POV. Well done & TFS!


Hello loot, this one catches my eye because of its simplicity. The diagonal of the hanger adds to the composition and of course the details are appreciated. Maybe a slight increase in saturation would give it more pop. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-24 1:05]

Jolie macro, la composition est simple et élégante. La bonne profondeur de champ a permis un fond neutre sur lequel la belle libellule ressort bien. Belles couleurs aussi.
Well seen and well done, thanks Loot for sharing.

A high quality demseyfly image. Harmoni in background, simlicity, and details are ggreat. Like your composition, your comment is also high quality. Thanx. Regards

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-24 16:33]

Hi Loot
Beautiful shot. Great colours, sharpnes, details, BG, DOF and POV. Also good note.
Well one my friend


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  • Hoos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
  • [2006-06-26 15:44]

Wow loot! you always surprise me! all your photos are great and with most 30 points each!
whats your secret! tell me! This macro is great as all... Thanks for share my friend!

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-06-28 3:40]

Hello Loot!
This is another amazing picture from your wonderful galery! Absolutely excelent sharp details and the colours are beautiful! GREAT!

bonjour Loot,
this specimen is gorgeous, like the photo, you're gallery is an inspiration for me, amazing macro shot, great work, in my favorite right now,
bravo Martin

What colours!!!
It might be "a common pont damselfly" in SA, but I would love to have this red gradients with green eyes here...
It is very cute and lovely.
Nice shot and nice note too. Thanks.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-02 15:05]

Hai Loot , Deze damselfly is prachtig hele mooie kleur compositie pov zijn ogen en de achtergrond is mooi , het zijn zulke leuke beestjes , wij zijn er ook veel mee bezig ze blijven niet altijd zitten , maar leuk om te doen ,Groetjes Teunie .

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-07 15:23]

Hello Loot,
An excellent capture of this colourful damselfly.
A great POV,excellent detail and a nice clear BG.
I agree 100% with what you say at the beginning of your note too!
I've been chasing the critters this week and got nothing decent to show, only blood,sweat and nettle stings!
A great shot,well done.


Hi Loot,
What a super sharp macro. There are so many details in the damselfly and the colors are so beautiful. The composition is excellent and the b/g is outstanding.

Hello Loot.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hallo Loot
This agent surely knows how to do the balancing act. This is an amazingly sharp image with clear details. The spikes on this the damselflie's paws looks as if they where drawn with the hand, and it looks like diamonds or gemstones where the body and the wings are connected. Amazing details on the eyes, and wings. A great image, with excellent focus and sharpness, which you presented in a most specialized manner. I like the bright and vibrant colours of the damselfly, ranging from outrageous bright orange to light orange to yellow and even a hint of brown. A perfect match of colours and a surely winning photograph. Thanks for sharing.

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