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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1, Canon 58mm Close-up Lens 500D
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-28 13:38
Viewed: 3598
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The (Sympetrum striolatum) is a kind of darters from the family of the Skimmer Dragonflies (Libellulidae). These are a family of the large spirit dragonflies (Anisoptera). It acts thereby around a medium sized darter with a wingspan of maximally 6.5 centimeters.
Characteristics The large Common Darter reaches wingspans of five to 6.5 centimeters. The head, the chest section (thorax) and the abdomen (Abdomen) of animals are with the male red, colored with the female rather brownish-yellow-red with black design. In addition the thorax carries two bright stripes, which makes a distinction possible to a very similar common darter (Sympetrum vulgatum). They moreover the head carries a black front design, which ends at the eyes, while it pulls itself with the common darters a piece down far on the eyes.

As the third distinguisher the males of the common darter possess one to the end clearly widened abdomen. The legs are black and possess oberseits a red to yellow colouring, which is missing with the likewise similar blood-red heath spirit level (Sympetrum sanguineum). Way of life The large heath spirit level is to be found in the months July until Octobers at standing waters of all kinds, among them also small waters and little dikes males sit frequently somewhat off waters.

The mating and the oviposition take place in the flight, whereby the animals to tandem position over the water or damp bank soil fly. The females strip their eggs by whipping movements of the abdomen at the water surface or the soil. After some minutes the male from the female and this separate put down without the male further eggs. Larva development The larvae slip partly already in the same year after approximately six weeks, a large part wintered however in the egg. They prefer the range on the waters reason or between aquatic plants. Their development takes one year, afterwards the adulten common darters appear.

Yes I had bought friday the lensadopter, and the 58 mm close up lens, the 500d. This is for the canon powershot pro 1. I decide to make my photo as a profi. I used a tripod, I used a flash and I took the shots with normal macro and in RAW format. I can not come very close. I think 33cm is the closest, I can maximal reach with this new lens. It is just a trying and I hope you like it.
gr. Jaap

AdrianW, NINIX, wallhalla15, jhm, sAner, Robbrown, dew77, marhowie, Luc has marked this note useful
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Hi Jaap,
wonderful and mighty with good DOF.
This is one of my favorite insects - and I'm so glad - I must tell you - today I have seen one of them infront of me, very close - I have never seen one before, only the small demamsel-flies. And I had my camera with me - photo coming soon on TN. I'm so happy and want to share this with you, cause I know you understand. Thanks a lot for your pretty photo
Bye Sabine - wishnugaruda

Jaap, this Macro is excellent, good work, very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-28 14:32]

Ha Jaap,

Very good one Jaap. These are wonderfull to shoot.
SApecially the close up of the eyes.

I also made a whole range.
Any idea why they sit with the wings forward?

I think you sharpened too much. Try one time only to sharpen the outlines, that is one of the PS. possibilities.


Nice shot Jaap! You've captured this Sympetrum well, I'm particularly impressed that you managed to use a tripod with a dragonfly since they're usually far too skittish for that... Focus is spot on, a bit more DOF would have been nice - but you're at the limits of your hardware so there wasn't anything you could do there. About the only thing I notice are a few apparent artifacts, if I didn't know better I'd say they were JPEG artifacts exaggerated by low radius USM - but that would be strange since you shot in RAW... Anyway that's only a minor nit - it's a good capture :-D

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-28 18:47]

Jaap, this is a very fine first attempt with your new "toys".

I don't have this close-up lens, but I can see the result is very good.

Great pov, sharpness and composition. I like the vivid colors too.


Great job with your new toy, Jaap. The macro is very sharp displaying great details. What is the dragonfly resting on? Just curious.
Very nice job :-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-08-29 2:11]

Goedenmorgen Jaap,
Uw titel spreekt hier de echte waarheid, als ik dit letterlijk neem. Beter, best zou ik zeggen want opnieuw dit grote werk met de gespreide vleugels en fantastische opgemaakt.
Monsieur les Profeseur.
Complimenten Jaap.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-29 2:26]

Hoi Jaap,

Dit is echt heel erg goed! The focus on the eyes is great and the colors are very nice. Good position and POV. Composition is also very good. I have one nit and that is the very bright overexposed straw ... it's distracting me from the wonderful scene. TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-29 5:20]

Hello Jaap!
Nice capture.POV,details,lighting and framing are wonderful.May be dried leaf under darter is a little oversharpened;).Enjoy with your new toy and have nice week!TFS...:-)

Hi Jaap,
Great shot!
The focus is spot on, very good light, nice colour.

Hello Jaap, Good use of tripod at 1/60th. Good details and a great POV/wing forward pose here. Excellent note - Well done.

Nice shot Jaap!
There is some noise on the photo, but that's not distracting at all. Shot has very good POV and composition and nice lighting.
I think it would've been good to clone-out the overaxposed grass blade on the left side of the photo - it's quite distracting.
Overall, very interesting post.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-29 12:42]

Good work Jaap.
The BG has to much visual informations,IMHO. It is distacking my glance from the dragonfly.
It is a nice shot with your new equipment. I look forward to see more.

Very fine depth of field here Jaap. It looks slightly oversharpened, exposing some artifacts here and there, but what a great point of view. A very lovely, intriguing insect.

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