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Small Bluetail

Small Bluetail
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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: 2008-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): World of Damseflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 3:07
Viewed: 3357
Points: 46
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Hello friends

I'm carrying on with my Odonata count from this year - no. 26 now - (although i'm a bit sad that Greg hasn't posted anything for some time now).

Here i'm presenting a small species - Ischnura pumilio - the Small Bluetail - a female, but if i'm not mistaken this is form. aurantiaca...so don't worry if you don't actually see a blue tail :)

Here is some interesting info from a great d-fly website, also full of great photos - DragonflyPix:

The Small Bluetail is a widespread species which occurs throughout Europe but is largely absent from Scandinavia and Greece. Unlike its commoner stable mate the Common Bluetail, it tends to occur in low numbers. Ischnura pumilio is a fair bit smaller than Ischnura elegans. Its main distinguishing features include the black abdomen which in males carries a striking blue tail-light on S9 and part of S8. The female has no such tail-light, blue or otherwise. The male's pterostigma in the forewing is bi-coloured and considerably larger that in the hind wing. The female, up to the age of about 10 days, is a strikingly pretty orange colour which later changes into a grassy green.

Here is the list of my d-flies posted this year so far:
1.Calopteryx virgo - Beautiful demoiselle
2.Calopteryx splendens – Banded demoiselle
3.Sympecma fusca - Common Winter damsel
4.Platycnemis pennipes - White-legged damselfly
5.Pyrrhosoma nymphula - Large Red damselfly
6.Erythromma viridulum - Small redeye
7.Enallagma cyathigerum - Common bluet
8.Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed damselfly
9.Ischnura pumilio - Small bluetail
10.Coenagrion pulchellum - Variable damselfly
11.Coenagrion ornatum - Ornate bluet
12.Lestes barbarus - Migrant spreadwing
13.Lestes virens - Small spreadwing

14.Aeshna isoceles - Green-eyed hawker
15.Aeshna cyanea - Southern hawker
16.Aeshna mixta - Migrant hawker
17.Brachytron pratense - Hairy hawker
18.Libellula fulva - Scarce chaser
19.Orthetrum cancellatum - Black-tailed skimmers
20.Orthetrum albistylum - White-tailed skimmer
21.Orthetrum coerulescens - Keeled skimmer
22.Gomphus vulgatissimus - Common clubtail
23.Onychogomphus forcipatus - Small pincertail
24.Cordulegaster bidentata – Sombre goldenring
25.Sympetrum meridionale - Southern darter
26.Sympetrum striolatum - Common darter

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DC Macro
Focal Length: 300 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
F-Stop: f/14
Exposure Bias: -1/3
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 4 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

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A good capture of this Bluetailed Damsel Horia.Resonable sharpness and DOF.
It looks quite orange,and good against the blurred green background.

Hi Horia,
Simple composition, but effective, I like the damselfly posing for you , showing its nice anatomy with good details and colour. Good note with the list of all odonata captured by you....if I see one here I don´t know the name of nobody!! , he,he

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-23 3:50]

Hello Horia,
Good to see a Damsel again and this one is very nicely captured here showing sharp details and a lovely colour. A fine green background and well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

26 species of Odonata is more than 30% od Romanian fauna, so first of all - my best congratilation because of so good hunting! :)
I. pumilio is rather rare species in Poland, so as for me it is one more point why this picture is interesting :)
Good light, POV and details too.
Best greetings from snowy and cold Lodz!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-23 3:57]

Hi Horia.
This shot is so wonderful as previous ones of the same subject. Composition and framing of the scene are great. I like fine colours of the shot, its crisp sharp details and amazing smooth BG richly coloured and damped up. Excellent use of long exposure time and tripod. This year was so poor for damselfly and dragonfly shooting for me and I watch your gallery with such beauties with great interest. Thanks a lot and my kind regards.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-11-23 4:15]

Hi Horia!

What a fantastic, small damselfly! I really like its orange colours and dorsal POV. Good BG with lots of green and as always perfect quality.

Now we've got early winter in Poland with lots of snow. It is hard to believe for me that only few months ago I could take pictures of d-flies wearing only t-shirt. I hate northern climate!

hello horia,
good capture of this beautiful damselfly, i liked the pov very much, the details of the upper body part looks great, the green bg looks lovely and offers good contrast, lovely framing too,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-23 5:16]

Hello Horia,
a beautiful and perfect presentation of this small damselfly species.
Colours and background are natural, pleasant and well designed, respectively.
The bright structure to the right is a little disturbing. But you blurred it sufficiently to reduce this effect.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-23 5:31]

Hello Horia,
Excellent photo in very clean and clear colours. Great sharpness and a superb composition, POV and OOF BG.

Hi Horia,
that's a beautiful little damsel, I like the warm orange so much. Very good contrast with the green BG, very good work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Oy..when will it come to closure. surely if let goon you and friend will have taken so many you will have happened upon a new species or the Ark even:-) Another in the ongoing list of fine images Horia..You do them so well...do me a favor...a nice late fall landscape..I know you can do it!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-23 11:21]

Hi Horia . This is a fine close up of the Damselfly. You have taken a good view of the whole body and wings. With good colours and detail. A fine POV/DOF, well done TFS.

Hello Horia,
Great macro on such small Bluetail!
perfect exposure and focus with total sharpness, wonderful colour and details
many thanks for the sharing
take care and regards

Hallo Horia
This The Small Bluetail surely knows how to do the balancing act. This is an amazingly sharp image with clear details, on the paws and wings. The back part of the body looks like it has been made out of a bamboo stick. A lovely image, with great focus and sharpness, presented in a most delightful manner. I like the shiny golden colour of the fly, especially at the rear end. The darker green background compliment the beautiful colours of the damselfly. Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards
I was also concerned about Greg and is glad to see that he has returned. I missed him around on the site.

Hello Horia,
Nice work my friend..F/14 has shown us your damsel in all her glory.
Quality image with very good detail, color, POV, comp, and use of the ambient light.
I've got this front view of a twelve spotted skimmer at F/11 I should post..a bit short on DOF - But I like it :)
Well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-24 10:15]

I think you must be the most varied and prolific poster of D Flies here on TN! Another great capture mate, everything here is as excellent as were used to from you, well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-24 10:39]

Hi Horia,
Shallow DOF makes this little beautiful dragon stand out very well from the background. Good focus, sharpness, details, POV ,lighting, composition and colors.
All the best,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-24 12:13]

Buna Horia,

Ce culori frumoase ai reusit sa redai in aceasta fotografie! Portocaliul de pe corpul libelulei este intr-un contrast placut cu tulpina pe care sta si cu fundalul. Pentru ca ai ales un DOF bine adaptat intreaga insecta este clar redata. Pana si cele mai fine detalii ale aripilor sunt vizibile.

TFS si toate cele bune,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-24 12:39]
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Hello Horia,
Great macro of this illusive little Ischnura that is not so common in my country but is found near my home.
I like the semi-dorsal POV that shows pretty well all the features of this young orange female with excellent sharpness and in a pleasing classic composition.
Nice to view and thanks for sharing it!
Brest wishes,

BTW toying with the idea of Ismir in the spring for our TN meeting:))

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-24 13:07]

Hi Horia,
a great shot of this Small Bluetail.
Very good level of detail and great clarity.
Nice diagonal composition.
Great soft lighting.
Yet another species for your ever growing list :-)

Very well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-24 20:17]

Hello Horia, Fantastic shot with superb composition. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Hi Horia

26 in season is an excellent result.
Good composition of a good OOF contrasting green background.
Great sharpness and DOF


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-25 7:44]

Beautiful Horia, it is again well composed and this dragonfly could look like a blade of grass too. Very nice composition with the angular grass and the smooth background. It could be sold as posters or some special cards for its beauty. Thank you Horia, a very nice picture,


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