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Eyes like Jewels

Eyes like Jewels
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-15 5:15
Viewed: 4303
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows a dragonfly found in the coastal carribean rain forest of Costa Rica. The area around Cahuita is beautiful ... the rain forest touches the beach. Light within the forest is often unsuitable to take pictures without a flash. This dragonfly rested close to the coastal forest margin where light conditions allowed to take this picture.
As stated earlier, tropical dragonflies have about the same size as those from temperate regions. In contrast, beetles and butterflies can be much larger in the tropics than their 'sisters and brothers' of non-tropical areas.
I did not succeed in identifying the species. Perhaps, someone knows!?

- natural light in the understory of forest
- ISO 200
- hand-held

Andy (AndyB) posted a picture of obviously the same species found in the Dominican Republic also close to the beach!

AndyB, vanderschelden, pankajbajpai, cataclysta, Alex99, horia, wallhalla15, jcoowanitwong, peter_stoeckl, RAP, cicindela has marked this note useful
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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-15 5:44]

Hello Peter,
A very good capture and nice and sharp for handheld at 1/80.
A good pose and POV with a nice clear BG.
I dont know the ID but it is the same or very similar to one in my gallery which I found in the Dom rep.I searched all over for an ID on that one but had no luck.
Nice work,TFS

HI Peter,
Nice shot. Good colours and BG. Sharpness is good.

bonjour Peter,
une prise de vue fantastique. La composition est superbe, les couleurs bien présentantes.
Je vous poste un workshop, je pense que ça vaut le coup.


hi peter,
nicely captured dragon fly,
the sharpness and focus is perfect,
the pov is good, nice dof,
well composed shot, beautiful colours,
well done, tfs & regards

Hello Peter,
Superb details!
The sharp fine details are amazing, awesome definition and lovely colours...
Subject is very well framed, DOF spot on and the macro work is very well done!
Pablo -

Immaculate presentation of the face and upper body of this dragonfly, Peter.
The details and colours are just perfect.
TFS and bye.

Hello Peter
Fantastic. Great OOF buckground. Perfect sharpnes. Beautiful eyes :-)
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-15 9:42]

Hi Peter.
Your dragonfly is perfect. Fantastic colours and sharpness. The eyes are simple beauty. Pose of this insect and composition of the whole picture are excellent as well as BG blurriness, exposure and contrast. Superb done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-15 11:00]

Indeed, Peter, you really managed to capture some jewels here, stuck on a dragonfly's head :))
Superbly done! The colors and reflection here are really wonderful, the details very clear and sharp, the light impecable and the composition a beauty!
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

bonjour peter
dommage que les ailes soient coupées,en revanche les yeux sont magnifiques.
bonne netteté.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-11-15 13:30]

Nice compo, steady hand, POV maybe some lower, but its not disturbing, nice background blur. TFS Reina

Un macro de gran calidad, con buena luz, color y enfoque sobre un fondo muy limpio. Saludos

Die Augen sehen aus wie ein See-Opal.
Hallo Peter, das ist faszinierend, es gibt so viele unentdeckte Schönheiten - Costa Rica muß ein wahres Paradies sein, ich hätte ein wenig Angst, weiß auch nicht wieso.
Bin schon durch den Dschungel in Sumatra getrabt, eine Klapperschlange war ganz in der Nähe zu hören, aber in Mittel- oder Südamerika war ich noch nie, mich ziehts nach Asien.
Kann mich dann aber schlecht entscheiden zwischen Natur und Kultur - da kommen leider die Insekten zu kurz.
Danke für dieses Schmuckstück, tschüssi
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hallo Peter,
eine sehr schöne mittelamerikanische Libelle zeigst Du uns hier. Farblich fallen die Augen besonders auf. Die Schärfe ist sehr gut. Danke.

Really jewelry eyes look wonderful! Blurry soft bg impressive too! Wonderful job Peter!

Hello Peter,
I can see the jeweled eyes clearly. A splendid sharpness, contrast, and composition. Congratulations to this wonderful picture.

Hallo Peter,
sehr gut gewählter Ausschnitt vor passend neutralem Hintergrund.
Ausgezeichnete Detail- und Farbwiedergabe.
Das an einen feurigen Opal erinnernde Farbenspiel im Auge ist besonders faszinierend.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-23 13:09]

Interesante captura Peter con ajustada profundidad de campo que brinda un limitado foco sobre la parte delantera del insecto y una buena difusión del fondo.
Apropiado encuadre, iluminación y colorido.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Interesting capture Peter with adjusted field depth that offers a limited focus on the front part of the insect and a good diffusion of the bottom.
Appropriate framing, illumination and coloring.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hello Peter,
Sorry for delay with comment :)
This is a very good quality macro with fantastic colours (especially the eyes are amazing :>). POV is rather typical for this group of Odonata but it is still nice. Also the DOF and note are very good.
Best regards,

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