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Old and happy

Old and happy
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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: 2005-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1, Canon 58mm Close-up Lens 500D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-14 9:57
Viewed: 3961
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Darter

It's mostley a lowland species found in small shallow pools and sheltered lakes. Rapidly colonises newly created sites. Can tolerate brackish water but avoids heavily shaded, densely vegetated and highly eutrophic sites.

His Flight period is from mid May to November according to locality.

Adult habitat and habits: a highly mobile species. At breeding sites males occupy perches on ground or on low perch and aggressively chase rival males. Unattached females are grasped and is taken to perch for copulation.

Oviposition site and behaviour: oviposition occurs with pair in tandem. Male controls behaviour and site selection when in tandem. Male will hover and drop causing female abdomen to touch water surface. Females will also oviposit alone in flight.

The larvae stay amongst vegetation. Larval development is completed in one year.

Range: southern and central Europe to central Scandinavia, northern Africa, across Asia to Japan. Absent from northern Scandinavia. Recorded throughout Ireland including many offshore islands.

I must make excuses for not being whole time on the side. The time is here the big fould. My mother is very ill and I have to go every day to the hospital for a visit. Now I have holyday and have some extra time. Next week I am away to Belgium for a little holyday.

Yes now over the photo. This was made with a tripod and the canon speedlite 420ex, I have to learn with this flash, but when I am honest I imeditely see the good result of the new flash. The problem here was that I just get 2 opportunities to make a shot like this because the dragonflies are dying. During a few hours we saw just 2 of them. This one is an old one tou can see it.

ellis49, baudinm, Signal-Womb, marhowie, lglandon, liquidsunshine, jhm, Xalkida, Luc, dew77, NINIX, Marche, Comandante has marked this note useful
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Very good macro, Jaap.
Nice to have you back, I hope your mother get well.
The composition and POV are very good.
I like the colours too. Well seen from the OOF BG.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • Vicky Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
  • [2005-09-14 11:37]

Clear, excellently composed and presented. Good colours, subject and exposure. In other words, a typical Jaap posting!!
Well done, it's always a pleasure to view your work.
Best wishes, Vicky

Brilliant capture Jaap, the flash has created a few hot spots here and there but the clarity and details are amazing. Composition and note v good. 7/10 Very nice work.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-09-14 12:19]

WoW ! La netteté et les couleurs sont excellentes.


Excellent work Jaap, Thank You!

Great macro Jaap. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. WEll done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-09-14 14:43]

Hi Jaap,

A beauty and well composed and detailed. Excellent shot.
The flash caused harsh lighting and blow outs, a flash diffuser will help reduce it.


Hi Jaap,
Very nice capture, I like the red color of this dragonfly.
POV is excellent.
TFS. I hope your mother get well.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-09-14 15:32]

Toppertje weer Jaap
het is mij echt nog niet gelukt een rode te pakken :)
hij staat er bij jou weer fraai op zeg !!
vakwerk :)
groetjes Lia

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2005-09-14 15:40]

lovely clear macro - wonderful colours.

Hi Jaap, a very nice composition, very sharp
flah fill help to highlight colors.
TFS, Laurent

Great shot Jaap,
Very good exposure, nicely composed, good colours and well detailed. Good POV and notes. Very well captured, thanks for posting

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-09-14 22:06]

Hi Jaap,
Fantastic shot!
Very sharp and detailed, great colour, very good composed.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-14 22:48]

Wow... i like it Jaap, great composition & clear details, dof and pov are excellent.

TFS & have a nice day,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-09-15 2:15]

Dag Jaap,
Met een flits is alles wel klaarder maar, op de blaadjes is dit misschien te zien, ik ben bijna overtuigd dat het zonder flits zeker ook zal lukken, maar nog nooit heb ik zo een helder beeld gezien van dergelijke libelle, misschien komt het door het statief. Beste Jaap ik ben er tot op heden niet ingeslaagd om dergelijk beeld te nemen, ik blijf zoeken!
Laat ze maar komen dat geniet ik oprecht mee, of ik ze zelf genomen heb.
Groeten van een vriend,

Hi Jaap

Excellent shot! Very fine details, colors and lighting. Excellent work! :)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-16 3:54]

Hi jaap,
good capture. I like the colours and details. Good DOF and note, too. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-16 6:19]

Hello Jaap!
Very nice close up.Lighting,sharpness,POV,colors and composition are wonderful.TFS....:-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-16 13:03]

Jaap, the title of your photo reminds of the song "Father and Son", by Cat Stevens: "I am old but I'm happy".

Excellent photo. Great and vivid colors; I do enjoy sharpness and composition. Very nice pov too.


Hello Jaap,
a wonderful photo with excellent composition and sharpness. Very pretty colours and light.
I also were on holidays for one week - in Italy I had the great luck to see such a red dragonfly like yours. But mine was very shy and don't let me come so near.
Have a nice holiday and all the best for your mother, hope you'll be back soon with your wonderful photos, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Jaap!
I don't have enough time to write a decent comment ;) but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

//Superb shot of this red beauty//

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-09-20 17:09]

He Jaap,

This is a real good shot!
Do you kjnow why specially the red dragonflies rest with the wings like this?
I saw it also a couple of times.

The picture is great but be careful with sharping and filtering. You win but you also loose.


Bonsoir Jaap,
Excellente capture, finesse des détails et jolie lumière.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-30 20:03]

"Old and happy" as me!
Great work, Jaap. Thank you.

Everything is ok for you Jaap? No news from you since two weeks now, so...

Hello JAap!
Wonderful close up.DOF,colors,sharpness,POV,lighting,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Nice details with a strong diagonal Jaap. Well seen and taken.

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