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What a pose while making babies ...

What a pose while making babies ...
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-14 8:42
Viewed: 4659
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my friends, again it's a rainy day and I have some time for TN ;-)

Today's post is a close-up of a very friendly Common Darter female while mating.
She's holding the body of him which is hooked behind her eyes.

If you can't imagine how this would look like, here is an other shot of such a couple of:
Sympetrum striolatum / Common Darter / Die Große Heidelibelle / Sympètrum fascié / Bruinrode heidelibel.

I didn't do a crop here, it's the original size with my Tamron 90 mm and a Soligor Teleconverter 1:7.
They go very well together ;-)

Thanks for looking and telling me your opinion, bye and enjoy the weekend.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-14 8:47]

Hi Sabine,
what a great close up. The DOF is really good. But what I like most is the unusual close up. Very well captured. I said it befor: I don't very often use flashlight at daytime. But the way you use it makes it possible to make pictures like these. Compliments,
TFS Jacob

Beautiful composition and colors. Perfect sharpnes
I like it very much

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-14 9:09]

Hi Sabine.
Very interesting macro,perfection worked.
Excellent DOF.Details they are amazing and sharp.Colours is beautiful.
Good work!!Thanks for sharing.

Greetings Milos.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-14 9:16]

Hallo Sabine,
Ein ganz wunderbares Makro. Die Schärfe ist super und die Farben kommen ganz toll raus.
Der Untergrund ist nicht farblich sehr passend. Sehr gut deine Bildeinteilung.
Schoenes Wochenende..Sky

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-14 9:18]

Hi Sabine,

A great macro,you must have been really close,very well captured with great sharpness and details,TFS,


WOW. so closeup. You're a voyeur.. give those guys some privacy! HAHA. Sure looks like a satisfied dragonfly! Good colors and CLOSE UP! Very good.

eh oui
une macro comme celle-ci cela ne pouvait être que sabine!!!
bonjour,ha encore impossible de trouver des defauts.merveilleux.

Hi Sabine

Great shot you have got here!! Excellent detaills, really amazing

Thanks for sharing
Greetz Kristy

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-14 9:58]

what an outstanding image,
Brilliantly done Sabine,
Vishal Sabharwal

Very nice shot, excellent image quality and an interesting story as well.

Hi Sabine,

Amazing macro, unbelievable details composed with a stunning "story". I can see her smiling, isn't she? Wonderful colors complete the image, it absolutely will be one of my favorites.

Thanks for sharing this great macro with us Sabine.

Namaste Sabine.
This photo is treat for macro lovers like me, those details on the eyes and spikes on the legs... amazing.
You really know your equipment very well and it turns out be a magic wand in your hands :-)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-14 10:18]

Hi Sabine,

What a stunning macro shot and a greta capture too, the pose is excellent with the female holding on so tight, the deatil is sharp and clean and the colours are perfect.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-14 10:21]

Super macro, Sabine!
Great to see this mutual clasping, themale with the tip of his abdomen and the female with her legs. Almost professional quality of sharpness. Well done!

This "head to foot" connection in the mating posture of dragonflies is something that mystifies me. Is it the conjunction of reproductive organs or just a calisthanic posture for support?
Be that as it may, this is a wonderful macro of this posture, Sabine. With the kind of equipment you use and with the dexterity with which you use it, the details in your pictures are more than perfect.
Great macro, indeed!
TFS and have a great weekend.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-14 11:39]

Hi Sabine

Splendid macro shor you have here!
The close-up and details are amazing!
Excellent POV and sharpness, beyond all!
Also very nice are the colors and the lighting.

Bravo, TFS and have a great weekend!

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-14 12:12]

This is what we call macro. Perfect details and sharpness.
TFS paula

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-14 12:19]

Hallo Sabine,
eine wirklich schöne Detailaufnahme von der Umklammerung - aber irgendwie ging das auch noch anders, oder?!
Ich freue mich jedesmal über solche Detailaufnahmen - kleine Reisen in den Mikrokosmos. Danke für den Kurztrip.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Hey Winshu
What a great macro,
Perfect focusing and good


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-10-14 13:03]

Hi Sabine, this is horrible shot. Exceletn in all horror scene. What to say about quality; top-level and HQ. TFS for this lesson of anatomy.

Hello Wishnu,
impressive macro, details are exellents!
My congratulations,

Hi Sabine,

What an amazing macro shot.
Sharpness,Details,colours,POV and DOF are PERFECT
Great Lenses on the eyes and camera
I love them both.

TFS Thijs

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-14 14:59]

Hello Sabine , This shot is very good and so complete , beauty colours pov fine details i like a lot ,tfs ,Nice weekend Teunie .

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-14 15:01]

Hi Sabine.
Next your superb close-up. Its composition, cropping, details and colours are excellent. I am amazed by captured scene. It's great. DOF and POV are perfect too. Bravo and TFS.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-14 15:16]

impressive macro Sabine for the details without crop!... your group of lens has worked perfect in this case.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, color, framing, lighting, background.

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Nothing else that to add.
With admiration... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-14 15:21]
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Hi Sabine,
I was waiting for a detailed shot of the neck of the female in this moment. This is a superb macro, perhaps one of the best possible. Details, focus, sharpness are wonderful.
I'd like to see the female head from behind. Where is the male claw in this moment?
This is an excellent job, Sabine.
TFS, José M.

Well I guess sixty nine is the thing no more. These little buggers took it a step further. At least they dont have to worry about being overweight or hide too much... lol!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-14 17:06]


Amazing macro and an amazing capture

Excellent details, sharpness, colours and POV



Hallo Sabine.
No time to write long sentences, but very very nice and perfect shot. TFS.
Herzliche Grüsse

Hi Sabine,
Excellent, excellent, and excellent.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-15 12:06]

Wow, this is close Sabine! Perfect composition, sharp details and lovely colors. The bg is great. Well done & TFS!


Also Sabine, Du läßt diesen lieben Tierchen aber auch keine bißchen Privatleben! - Einfach toll!!! Sehr guter Blickwinkel, tadellose Schärfe und sehr schöne Farben. Wieder einmal ein Hammer-Makro von Dir. - Wie ich sehe bist Du auch noch experimentierfreudig mit Deinem Equipment. -Super -
Danke für die zwei Libellen.

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-15 12:31]

Hi Sabine,
Very nice macro photo. Very sharp and good composition.
Regards, Francois

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-15 12:43]

Hello Sabine,
Wonderful close up.Moment you caught,vivid colors,POV and composition are excellent.

merci du partage
voici pour vous de votre part une très jolie et originale photo aux couleurs supers nettes

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  • dejvid (14)
  • [2006-10-15 13:01]

Hi this is very nice shot! good detail!
Good colors and composition!
TFS David

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-15 14:09]

a fantastic crop Sabine,
you know I love lenses, great crop and very good point of view, very nice job I love it. Nice to see you again and thanks for visiting TE. it wil cost me on the moment to much time to bee on two sides, but i wil come back soon.
gr. jaap

Bonjour Sabine
C'est une excellent photo en macro avec une belle netteté! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs, ainsi que les détails.Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et Bravo ....JP

S. & W.,
You really know about photography.
Such clarity, its unbeliveable. This composition is not only superb but sharply:
The best of the best to you from,

oh my god, oral s*x on TN?! *lol* this is something like giving head?
ok, egal, phantastisches macro, sabine! :-)
...und wieder frage ich mich, wie du bloss so nah ran gekommen bist, liegt wohl am converter.
tolle details, schärfe, farben, usw. wie immer: perfekt!
leider ruft die arbeit, bis dann & viele grüße, thorsten.

Hallo Sabine !
Das ist wirklich einen wunderbaren makro, mit unglaubliche Details und sehr schöne Farben. Das Bild ist auch sehr schön komponiert und der Hintergrund ist toll. Mir gefällt es, wie sie sich and der anderen Libelle fest hält. Vielen Dank,

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-10-16 13:34]

cette photo est magnifique
les détails très bons et les couleurs aussi

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2006-10-27 15:03]

Be Sabina,

Unbelievable what a details. I made many pictures of darters but my lens is not good for those kind of close ups.
Realy a very good capture.

Thanks, Hendrik

Hi Sabine,

I just wanna laugh reading your title to this pict but indeed it is an attractive posing of them while pairing.
Your picture shows a great details especially ono the facet. I always failed to capture those facets and still don't know why..:(

Eine sehr gute Nahaufnahme von Dir...

Gruss aus Indonesien,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-05 2:28]

Wooooooow ! Incredible details in this amazing close-up !!! Love for "Libellule" is technical ;-) It is very beautiful and Pro. You are right, the team Tamron + Soligor works well... Exposure, colors, DOF and sharpness are super.
Bravo Master Sabine !!!

amazing photo


Haha:) What a great title:) Awesome macro MF!
May be you remember i've also uploaded a similar view to TN and gave a title: “Come on! You have a special place on my head!”:) -that in Turkish we can use to show respect to someone on making something which requested gladly (in this case the female could be say this phrase to her mate:)-. haha:)
Have a great night BEF!


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