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Acrobatic azures

Acrobatic azures
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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/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Art of Procreation, World of Damseflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-29 5:47
Viewed: 3234
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi again,

I hope you are all having a nice weekend. Here things are a bit gloomy: it's raining and quite cold plus election day tomorrow :(

With that in mind, i'm posting another Odonata species - number 27 of my list: Coenagrion puella - the Azure bluet.

It's a very common species all around Europe and more, as well as here on TN. Yet, i liked this acrobatic mating pose and the tiny reflection visible in the water.

Hope you'll like it as well :)
Thanks for visiting.

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.Coenagrion puella - Azure bluet
13.Lestes barbarus - Migrant spreadwing
14.Lestes virens - Small spreadwing

15.Aeshna isoceles - Green-eyed hawker
16.Aeshna cyanea - Southern hawker
17.Aeshna mixta - Migrant hawker
18.Brachytron pratense - Hairy hawker
19.Libellula fulva - Scarce chaser
20.Orthetrum cancellatum - Black-tailed skimmers
21.Orthetrum albistylum - White-tailed skimmer
22.Orthetrum coerulescens - Keeled skimmer
23.Gomphus vulgatissimus - Common clubtail
24.Onychogomphus forcipatus - Small pincertail
25.Cordulegaster bidentata Sombre goldenring
26.Sympetrum meridionale - Southern darter
27.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: 1/800
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
F-Stop: f/8
Exposure Bias: -1/3
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 5 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-29 5:58]

Hi Horia,
what a image, i always wonder how these things work for example how the male so still without beating its wings for balance while the female probing the water to lay eggs to water plants. amazing, you made it possible for us to see in this good imae. tfs.

Hi Horia,
it's always a great spectacle to see them mating and to see how acrobatic they do it.
It's a beautiful couple here with nice colours and I also like the little mirror-effect in the water. Such a long time until we can see them again, so thanks for the shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-29 6:23]

Hello Horia,
Excellent timing to get this splendid capture of C. puella in copula and egg-laying. Great focus, sharp details and natural colours. A beautiful composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-29 6:34]

Hello Horia,
27 species of dragons in one year is very good going!
This is a fine capture of a pair of ovipositing C. puellas taken from a fine low POV with excellent sharpness and lighting in a pleasing composition that includes part of their refection in the water.
TFS this beauty and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-29 7:03]

When the picture opened, I heard classical music, a ballet. That's what it looks like. So beautiful, Horia. A superb poetic shot. It's a good thing that you chose to place the dragonfly in the center of the frame, which is vertical, it makes the dragonfly stands out on the leaves, with a perfect sharpness and dof. Thanks to you!


Hi Horia
First of all fantastic low POV and and great DOF fun. It created a special mood. Also great moment and perfect sharpness. As always very good job

You must grow these in your basement:-) Your collection is growing and growing...soon you shall be among the eminent specialists...Very fine combination of colours which gives it a special feel.!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-29 8:55]

Hola amigo,
preciosa macro,
detalles y fino pov.
exquisita escena,
saludos Horia.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-29 9:02]

Buna Horia,

Ai ralizat o fotografie foarte frumosa cu acest delicate insecte. Imi place foarte mult cum ai folosit profunzimea izoland celelalte element din cadru. In acest fel atentia privitorului se poate concentra pe insecte. Imaginea lor este foarte clara putandu-se observa o multime de detalii.

TFS si toate cele bune,

Hello Horia

An almost dreamlike feel to this shot.
It is like a pond ballet.
Excellent low POV and well handled DOF.
The colours are natural and well saturated.
You have captured a very interesting pose here.


Hello Horia
I see this as a scenery taken from a fairy tale. The action captured is really great and one must have a great imagination and a whole story will unfold in front of your eyes just looking at these two doing their mating acrobatic moves. It actually looks as if they try to impress each other with their different motions and movements. This image is lovely with great details captured. Best regards.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-29 10:47]

Hi Horia,
Outstanding shot of these mating Damselflies with such meticulous focus and sharp details. Lovely colours and I like this exquisite natural setting. Superb light handling with perfect DOF. Excellent composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-29 10:48]

Hi Horia. A very nice close up of the pair together . Which you have good detail and bright colours. The wings have caught the light well. With a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-29 14:00]

Hello Horia , Splended shot of capture wonderful pose lovely fellow , good weekend ,teunie .

hello horia,

what a fine capture, you beat the dedicated macro with your sigma 70/300 lens with such great captures like this, you have presented us a beautiful moment, the vertical composition is excellent and the limited dof looks very good, natural colors, fine framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wonderful capture Horia.
I love the pose, the leaves patterns and the reflections too.
An excellent image.
Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-30 8:13]

Hello Horia,
The scene is very special, but more than that I like the splendid colours in this photo. Together with the perfect DOF and POV, the incredible sharpness and lovely composition it makes the photo to a very high standard. Superb!!!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-30 10:57]
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Great shot mate!
The composition is really good.
Sharp with great detail.
Nice lighting too.
Superb work!


p.s Pekka and might come on the big TN meet!

Hello Horia,
WOW! fantastic claer crisp shot, superb sharpness and depth of field, beautiful vivid colors and nice light, lovely blurred background.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-12-02 14:24]

A true beauty Horia, a fine picture all over. Perfectly done, thanks it's candy for the eyes!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-03 9:38]

Hi Horia.
Amazing close-up and brilliant use lovely Sigma telelens. I like impressive DOF and surrounding blurriness. You have reproduced water plants so poetically. Composition created from two charming insects is looked greatly. Sharpness and richness of colours are stunning. Vertical orientation of the scene is very nice and suitable for this subject. My best wishes and TFS.

Hi Horia

Watching these guys go through their mating rituals always amuses me. Some males are protective of their mates and others are not, especially when she is laying her eggs.
And how do they manage to ballance like that, or even fly while joined together. Nature is amazing.
Great capture here, I have been watching your battle with Greg, 27 species in a year is a great effort.
The weather here continues to be crazy, the 5th weekend in a row with rain, wind and cold.


Beautiful capture Horia! This one really stands out from the rest. The DOF attention is right on the subject with both background and foreground being soft. Ambient lighting is very natural. TFS
Paul :)

Dear Horia,
wonderful gently atmospheric presentation of fragile azures in their quite bizarre looking pose of making love.
I like the image's depth, gentle colours, skilful composition, and its self forgotten lovely actors.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you for a happy and beautiful new year!

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