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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: 2006-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70-300mm Macro Super II 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-11 13:47
Viewed: 3583
Points: 59
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sympetrum vulgatum

Vagrant Darter Dragonfly.
Adults. Adult body about 33–36–39 mm long. Average wingspan 60 mm; hindwings 26–28 mm long.

The eyes dorsally narrowly apposed to dorsally broadly contiguous; brown, or red (or reddish brown). The narrow black band at the base of the frons conspicuously continued for some distance down the inner sides of the eyes.

Thoracic antehumeral stripes present to absent (if detectable, less conspicuous than in some other dragonflies); brown (somewhat paler against the brown thorax). The wings spread more or less horizontally in repose; dissimilar in shape and venation; sessile; very briefly suffused with colour at their bases only. The tinting amber (or saffron). The inner wing venation (reddish-) brown. Discoidal cell divided longitudinally into a conspicuous triangle and supra-triangle. Antenodal veins in the forewings 6–8 (fewer in the hindwings). Pterostigma reddish brown, or red (ruddy, and black edged).

Abdomen linear from a conspicuously swollen base, or swollen both basally and distally and markedly constricted in between; 24–28 mm long; predominantly crimson red (in the male), or green, or yellow (olive-yellow, in the female); plain, or predominantly transversely banded, or complexly patterned (apart from median black dashes on segments 8 and 9 of both sexes, which are characteristic of the genus, males have lateral yellow spots on segments 2 and 3, and narrow yellow bands between the segments); without mid-dorsal spots. The male abdomen without auricles on segment 2; with a single inferior anal appendage.

Nymphs. The nymphs stout, the body expanded in the middle; when mature, 17–18 mm long.

The head in dorsal view markedly narrowing from immediately behind the eyes. The postocular lobes curving smoothly to the back of the head from immediately behind the eyes. The antennae 7 segmented. The mask having the prementum hollowed dorsally. The prementum bearing 28–30 major setae (14+14 to 15+15). The body of the labial palps bearing (10–)11(–12) major setae. Legs longer than the abdomen.

Adults on the wing early July to early September.

Classification. Anisoptera; family Libellulidae.

General comments. Not illustrated. A very rare species, readily distinguishable from S. striolatum by the narrow black band at the base of the frons being continued down the inner sides of the eyes. The nymph has not been recorded in Britain.

the interesting note I found here

This is one I trying experience from me. I took it with the canon 350 with the sigma 70-300 macro lens and screw up the canon 500d close up lens. I took the shot in raw on tv and I like the result I hope you like it to. It was taken with a monopod.
gr. jaap

liquidsunshine, jeanpaul, Dando, blakitan, marhowie, SkyF, hansh, Signal-Womb, wallhalla15, ddg, valy67, eruyanik, pablominto, dew77 has marked this note useful
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To Dando: the auto focus doen't work with the 500d,carper 1 08-12 03:04
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Hi Jaap,
It is a good composition with great details and colors. My only nit is that it seems that the focus is more on the back of the insect than on the eyes but I think this is still a good post anyway with great notes. TFS,

Hello JAAP, exc;ent colors, Bg, POV DOF perefct details, excllent work, TFs Kyle

Hi Jaap,
The details are nice and clear.The focus is a touch soft.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. Well composed, great notes and good framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Some OE down but colours, POV,..okay.
Well done

Salut Kyle
Félicitation pour cette belle présentation avec ce joli Macro avec cette guêpe en très très gros plan,les couleurs et les détails sont très bien réussis.
Merci et a la prochaine...JP

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-11 17:16]

A Great shot Jaap , good details pose colours pov bg very good , Greetings Teunie .

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-11 17:41]
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Hi Jaap, nice colours and details, also well composed. Unfortunately the focus is a bit soft. I also have used the same combination of the sigma lens and the 500d close-up on my 'making love' shot and found that I had to use manual focus as the auto focus doen't work with the 500d, do you have the same problem with the autofocus on the canon 350?
Hope to see more macros with this combination from you soon.
Take care, Dean.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-11 18:28]

Great macro again Jaap ! So clear and sharp. Full of great details and colors. Well done !


Hi Jaap,
Great close up shot of a dragonfly. Very sharp, clear, with great details. Nice blurry BG. Excellently captured and very well composed.

Ben Lakitan


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-12 2:33]

Hi Jaap,
another great macro. Good composition, excellent details and view. I like it. Well done photo.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-12 3:57]

Hello Jaap,
What a sharp macro of this dragonfly.
An exciting POV, beautiful colors, great DOF.
I like the effect of this tight cropping.
TFS. : )

Hi Jaap,
realy amazing details here, so sharp and with sunny colours. Dragonflies are the most interesting insects I know, thank you very much for sharing this pretty one with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Jaap,
a very nice picture with good POV and composition.
Ncce colours and good DOF. It's a bit soft, maybe you should try to use a tripod.
Very well done, my friend.

Nice close-up Jaap.
I like the color, POV, framing and BG.
Not up to your usual standards IMHO.
A bit of camera shake/blur is evident here.
Well done and TFS!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-08-13 1:49]

Dag Jaap,

Hier lag de focus ietje naast de kop, dus op de vleugels, wat op zich een mooie foto opleverd, en waar toch allerhande detaims te zien zijn, het blijven voormij spectaculaire beelden zo wie zo!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-13 8:22]

Hello Jaap,
great macro, love the fine details and excellent colors. Superp POV and DOF.Wonderful composition.

Hi Jaap...great macro,details and colours,well composed...TFS,
best regards

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-08-13 14:36]

Dag Jaap.
Mooie gedetailleerde foto. Scherpte ligt iets achter het kopje maar er zijn nog voldoende details te zien om het geheel tot een fraaie plaat te maken.
Gr. Hans

Hello Jaap, that is an incredibly close shot and composition. Focus would be critical at this level and I feel there may be still a little camera shake here despite the monopod. There is details here which I appreciate like the resolving of the compound eye. Very well done.

Excellent macro shot Jaap. Great sharpness, details, clarity and nice DOF. Great colours, excellent note and composition too. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Jaap,
Very nice color saturation. I really like the tight crop and framing of the shot here. Amazing clarity and wing detail. The body is alittle soft.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-14 8:10]

Hi Jaap, splendid macro-shot with great details and perfect colors too. I like your POV and great note too; well done, Didier.

Lots of the critiques on the shot mention soft focus, but to me it looks more like motion blue. Whether that is the case I don't know, especially at 1/125 whick should be OK. Thanks for sharing it, though, it's interesting to see the results with these close-up lenses.

excelent mcro photo, and shot ;-)

Hi Jaap !
This is an excellent close-up on this beautiful dragonfly ! I always love their big eyes, and their bright colors. Focus seems to be a bit soft, but still there are lots of nice details. Colors, composition, POV, DOF, everything is very good. Very well done !

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2006-08-19 7:08]

Dettaglio grandissimo, anche se non perfetto è un immagine di grande valore!!

Hello Jaap,
Such a great pov here! and what a clear and crisp shot of this dragonfly! The beautiful plain bg with the flash, so great use of flash indeed! Wonderful post!
Thank you and best regards!

Hi Jaap,
Excellent close-up!
Amazing details with great sharpness, the colours are also very well reproduced...
Nicely framed in a fine composition!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-28 3:17]

Hello Jaap,
Nice work.It,s very close and well detailed.POV,colors and framing are wonderful.

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