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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-30 10:34
Viewed: 4682
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's nice to be back home and back in touch with all my TN friends to whom i'd like to say a big "THANKS" for all their kind words and support in these past few months.

Now since i'm home and i have to remember all that i did this summer because all my friends keep asking me that, i remembered my old camera - the S2 - and i thought i'd post one from my archive :)

I have an uncle that lives in Hungary, very close to us, and he visited us today, fact that made me remember another thing: the photos i took in spring when i dropped by his place. He has a small pond not far from his house and there are of course a lot of cute dragonflies and damselflies living there.

This is a pair of Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed Damselfly mating in the beautiful reeds on a lovely May day.

Hope you'll like it!

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 300mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -0.66
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Flash: Yes (power: -2)
Support: handheld
TOD: about 2 PM
Weather conditions: partially clouded

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Fantastic shot, Horia,
a lovely couple with good sharpness and a wonderful BG, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-30 11:20]

Hi Horia,
only you could have this lying around unused in your archive! This is a great shot, the two Damselflys connected togther like that with those colours almost look robotic to me somehow. Well seen composition and perfect DOF. Great work my friend.

Welcome back my Friend!
It is really great to hear that you are at home! And in one piece ;>
Lovely picture to start adventure with TN again (sensu stricte and sensu lato ;>). I really wanted to take similat photo this year but without any success...
My best greetings from Lodz!

PS. I am waiting for much more photos from you soon ;>

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-30 11:34]

Hello Horia,
a very aesthetic picture. Beautiful composition and colour combination. The damselfly couple is in exact focus.
Best wishes, Peter
P.S. Thank you for your kind words concerning my pictures. I#m curious on your next contributions, pictures as well as comments.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-09-30 12:37]

salut Horia
trčs jolie image de cet accouplement, un vrai moment de tendresse. La couleur bleue est complémentaire de l'ensemble vert, la mise en scčne est sobre.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-30 12:40]

Hi Horia,
welcome back from your holiday :)
A superb shot of these two mating damselflies.
+++ Perfect DOF and a good BG that contrasts well with the blue of the insects. Great composition. Brilliant framing aswell. Good notes.
--- Nothing as always :)
Well done mate,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-30 13:55]

Hi Horia

A beautiful composition - excellent focus and great colours. Good to see you back.


Bonjour Horia,joli shot de cet accouplement,cela done une superbe composition sur un excellent bg
Best regards,Mich

Hi Horia,
Your particular homage to that great camera!
I'm glad you did it.
Good to know you're back and ready to resume your active participation here.
I like so much the harmony of the blues/greens here, and the details got on the couple of busy insects are great.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Delicada y harmoniosa captura llena de sensibilidad. Buen formato para su presentación y preciosos colores.
Saludos Horia.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-30 18:11]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
bellos colores naturales...
buenbg, y detalles.

What a wonderful image Horia, bet you are proud of this...with colours and detail.
Well captured...

Hello Horia,
Excellent composition with a pair of beautiful damselflies in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!
good exposure and focus too
very well done and well seen

hello horia,
you must be feeling great as you are back home, the shot form the archives will bring back the sweet meories too, liked the shot, it has got a great pose of mating dameslflies, the colours and the contrast are lovely, nice lighting, lovely framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-01 8:32]

Hello Horia,
Nice to have you back with us: I trust the USA adventure went well.
Lovely capture of a pair of I. elegans in copulo. The composition, BG, framing and POV are excellent.
Well done and TFS!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-01 10:17]
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Hi Horia.Good to have you home. You have posted a fine shot of the pair af damselflies. with fine detail and colour.with a nice pose on the gragg. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Horia,
Outstanding details and composition, beautiful BG and DOF, very nice exposure and well framed.
Your note is alos useful to me. TFS, Horia. :-)
Best wishes,

Hello Horia,
I have photograph the same specie in the same situation... How can you have both of them in focus? I think I only have one correct picture but one of the two is still a little blurred. This is very well done with excellent details, natural colors and exposure. Welcome back home! :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-02 8:18]

Hello Horia, that's a true perfect shot, superbly composed with a great technique. Well done my friend, it's good to have you back. Thanks,


Hi Horia,
it is good to have you back. I can't wait to see new photos from Romania from you. You do have some new competition in your country from Steve. Who know the two of you will meet.
its nice to have such wonderful photos in your archive. They always come in handy during these kind of moment. About a moment, the moment captured here is most wonderful. I really love the lighting and DOF in this photo. The composition has a kind of abstract feel to it.

Hello Horia,
This is a very delicate presentation with superb details!
Good dynamics in composition, and the macro work on the insects is skilfully done...
Attractive colour palette!
Pablo -

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-03 10:48]

Hola Horia. Bello momento logrado aqui. Exelente composicion con muy finos detalles y gran nitidez y colorido. Luis52.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-10-03 13:20]

Hello Horia,
good to see you're back safe and alive. I hope the good memories will to your stay in the USA will remain for a long time.
Nice to see Ischnura's. The green tones match perfectly well with the black&blues of the damsels.
Keep on posting these nice ones.
Cheers , Jacob

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-03 19:20]

Hello Horia,
Wow, Splendid macro with razor sharp focus and excellent exposure.
Thanks for sharing

Hola Horia,
Preciosa imagen de elegante y bella composición, con buena definición y detalles, excelente iluminación y fondo, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Horia,

excellent quality, wonderful colors and sharpness. your is the perfection i hope to reach one day :)


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-06 7:15]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful capture of this elegant pair against a fine green background. Very sharp details and fine natural colours. I like your framing too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-07 16:53]

Hello Horia,
What to say, really ;-) I like about everything about this shot: colours, composition and shallow DOF. Also the interesting frame. So I just topped for a while let you know about that and I'm going further - there are so many pictures I missed on TN while being out.
Best greetings & TFS!

bonjour horia
le kamasutra chez les libellules et demoiselle est vrai extraordinaire!!!
une tres jolie pose et parfaitement realisé.la couleur bleu ressort tres bien.bonne netteté.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-10-08 10:36]

Hi Horia,
Beautiful compo,
Lovely colors and perfect details
Well done

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