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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: 2006-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, sigma 70 300 apo macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-02 13:35
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[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 one I try with an experience from me. This male I took it with the canon 350 with the sigma 70-300 macro lens and placed there fore the canon 500d close up lens. Well let me I tell you that I was very surpriced over the result. 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. It is a tip for people who hate the tripod.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-02 13:40]

Hi Jaap.
I am very glad to see your new perfect macro shot. Great magnification, amazing POV, excellent sharpness and details of the dragonfly. Lighting is simply perfect also as well as composition, cropping and DOF. Bravo and TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-02 13:45]

Hello Jaap A Fantastic macro shot you came realy great capture from this dragonfly ,the details and the colours pov ar amazing ,very nice capture , Greetings Teunie .

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-12-02 13:45]

very well noted jaap and a delight to witness such close intimacy with nature..i havent seen a lot of your TN till today and see you excell at all you do...thats a cool apo lens you have as well
god bless

Avond Jaap,
Mooie macro.
Druk en vol kleuren.
Goede scherpte.

Hi Jaap,
That is a really close macro! Your really love those dragonflies! Ecllent exposure has rendered some nice color saturation and sharp detail in this Darter. That is filling up the frame. Nice one!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-02 14:08]

Hi Jaap

That certainly is a close up shot, great POV, nice details and great colours



Hi Jaap,
this is wonderful and impressive, we can see every detail of the eyes and the beautiful wings like glass.
It's amazing to see that you made it with the Sigma 300, I never had such good results with it. It's more heavy than our good Tamron-Macro-Lense. Bye and thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Jaap,
absolutely amazing shot, well done, great colors, details of this tiny insect are just humongous.
well done and TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-02 14:24]

Hi Jaap,
Your are clearly an expert in bit close-up! Absolutely sharp face, great dof for this kind of approach and no color aberration.
Best regards, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-02 14:43]

Hello Jaap,
Excellent macro.POV,details,vivid colors,framing and composition are wonderful.Have a great weekend!

Hallo Jaap,

Prima macro shot
goed scherp en mooie details
perfecte kleuren
goede POV en DOF
persoonlijk denk ik dat de lenzen beter te zien zijn met de 90mm macro (als hij het toe laat om dichterbij te komen)
desalniettemin een PRIMA shot

TFS Thijs

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-02 15:20]

Hi Jaap,

Wonderful close up macro, the composition is superb, perfect details and beautiful colours and lighting.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Jaap,
great macro here. Very good POV, great sharpness, details and good DOF. This is a very nice composition. Thank you my friend.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-02 16:07]

Otra "enorme" macro amigo mío con intensos colores y excelente fondo de escena.
Me encanta el punto de vista captado y el encuadre y recorte elegidos para la presentación.
Lo único que criticaría es el foco ligeramente soft, pero es sólo un opinión personal.
Gracias y un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Another "enormous" macro my friend with intense colors and excellent scene bottom.
I love the captured point of view and the framing and cropping chosen for the presentation.
The only thing that I would criticize is the focus lightly soft, but it is only a personal opinion.
Thank you and a cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo


great job,
fantastic macro,
great lighting and comp,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-02 22:16]

Hello Jaap

Super macro shot.The details are amazing.Very well composed.The details are very sharp and clear.Well saturated colours.Another excellent post from you.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-02 23:44]

Hi Jaap,
great macro with a superp composition and crop.
Excellent POV, getting right close to the eyes of this dragonfly. Wonderful sharp detail.

Hoi Jaap,

Mooie foto. Wat een macro zeg. Prachtige compositie en scherpte.
Goed weekend

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-03 3:10]

This is soooo big Jaap. Amazing macro work, you show it off to well, TFS

Giant of a macro with superb facial details and colours, Jaap. You have experimented with your equipment effectively here and the image has turned out to be a sunning success.

Hello Jaap,
I like prefer to work with monopod instead of tripods... The only thing that I need is that rotating head because I do a lot of bird’s pictures and it is not easy without it... Soon... This is a great macro, very impressive and well details. I don't think that you could have been closer ;) Those colors are great and I like this lightning. Well done and thanks,

Well done Jaap.
Very dramatic close-crop composition and I like the POV. Good detail, color, and use of flash.

Super macro work, my friend!
Great DOF and sparkling sharpness, beautiful colours in this well framed image!
Take care Ana:)

Hi Jaap,
it's a niice and good experiment. This was really close, can't get any closer. Nice colours and good POV.
It's a bit soft and I think you will get muck more from your macro-lens but nevertheless it's a very nice close-up.
Well done, my friend.

bonjour jaap
c'est un bon resultat pour cette experience.a quelle distance pouvez vous approcher avec la lentilles 500D?

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-03 13:37]

Hi Jaap

Another nice experiment here from you!
I really like the way you explain your techniques adn methods of taking pictures...one can learn a lot from them :)
Good POV here, nice shallow DOF and very beautiful colors.
Aslo nice sharpness and excellent lighting.

Bravo and TFS

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-12-03 14:19]

Dag jaap,

Wat een prachtige macro, dit is gewoon top klasse werk, dit is niet voor iedere fotograaf weggelegd, zeer uitzonderlijk, licht en scherpte zijn buitengewoon, u bent een kunstenaar Jaap!


Hi Jaap

Wow... stunning macro. Clear details and good low POV. Nice camera work. :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-04 12:17]

Hi Jaap
Great macro shot. Great sharpnes, details, light, colours, bg and POV.
Well done mf..


Beautiful eyes and beautiful face, at least seen this close. A marvellous photo!

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-12-24 15:01]

Hi Jaap, erg geslaagd experiment!. Fijne dagen toegewenst,
Groet Reina

Hello Jaap,
Awesome macro qualities in this extreme close-up!
Insect is well framed and captured with fine colours and sharp neat details!
Pablo -

Great sharp close-up, it looks like me in the morning :-))) Maybe a little more space in front would have been good.
Well done

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