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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-06 3:19
Viewed: 4956
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This damselfly often looks angry and agressive in the photos, I suppose because of the red colour and the predation pose it usually shows, but this young specimen looks cute to me :)

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Widespread and common. Adult flight period extends from late April to August. Pyrrhosoma nymphula is the earliest Odonata species on the wing, appearing in warm Springs in late April. It is found in most habitats except for the most exposed sites. It has a preference for small acidic pools and is able to persist on many very dry sites that have become unsuitable for other Odonata. It is also quick to colonise newly created ponds.


A large and robust red damselfly with extensive dark markings
Black markings on upper surface of abdomen towards the apex
Some females are almost entirely black on the upper surface of the abdomen (form melanotum)

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

F:25 - 1/125 - ISO400 - Manual exposure - Handheld - Diffuse flash

haraprasan, red45, Carlos, marhowie, Hil, shirgold, Argus, uleko, Proframe, jmp, bobcat08, cicindela has marked this note useful
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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-06 3:36]

Bonjour Felipe,

Superbe prise de vue sur cet incecte. Bravo pour le focus,l'exposition,les couleurs et les détails.
Félicitations pour la grande qualité d'image.

Muy buenas Felipe
Que punto de vista tan bueno aparte del colorido y de la nitidez, una gran toma.

Hi Felipe & Cristina,
A nice capture of this damselfly frontal POV. Excellent details on eyes and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hola Felipe and Cristina,
great POV and detail of this damselfly,
the muzzle is amusing...

saludos sERGIO

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  • jalvex (67)
  • [2008-04-06 3:56]

Hi. What a great shot. Good colors and DOF. Oh and those eyes looking at me.But not scary. I would say they seem like clown eyes for me. Nature keep surprising me indeed. Beautiful composition.
Best regards.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-04-06 4:20]

Hi Felipe!

Long time, my friend!
Great to see your new [old :-)] photo on TN. I love colours of this damselfly. Its eyes looks like crystals, half ruby, half...erm, sulfur maybe :-) POV isn't very surprising for someoe who knows you :-) Overall very good, colorfull macro.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-06 4:36]

Hello Felipe, What a closeup and also such a very colorful shot. I like the ay the mouth is open up. Well done Ganesh

Que macro tan hermoso.
El POV es mágnifico
Gracias por compartir y por tus deseos en mi atardecer.
Hasta pronto

Hi Felipe,
Yep, Looks cute to me as well, perhaps it's that dorky smile :)
The dramatic POV makes the shot great.
Just the right DOF with excellent detail & color.
The flashwork with the twin eye reflections adds to the image IMO also..

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-06 5:23]

Hi Felipe

I was just saying to Ram its nice to see the Dragonflies and Damselflies again, I might even catch one myself this year, yours is a lovely post, I like the frontal POV a lot with your main focus on the head, nice light in the eyes and excellent colours and good details.


Hello Felipe!
Long time no see!
Nice capture como siempre.
Details are great and focus is right on spot
TFS, Shir

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-06 6:51]

Hello Felipe,
Very beautiful sharp focused photo of this Damselfly. Great details and frontal POV. Very nice composition.

hi Felipše, excellent shot with nice composition and superb coloures.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-06 7:57]

Hello Felipe,
Superb macro of Pyrrhosoma nymphula from an original frontal POV, the aperture being sufficient to give fine sharpness of the head and thorax. Excellent use of flash and fine contrast with the leaf BG.
I like the OOF wings in this great composition.
Thanks for sharing this very fine image,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-06 8:13]

Hello Felipe and Cristina,
What a brilliant frontal view of P. nymphula!!
I must try this angle when they emerge here! Fabulous POV and very sharp focus on those lovely red eyes that match its abdumen. Nice position of the wings too. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-06 10:54]

hi Felipe,
j'aime beaucoup cette macro originale, ces yeux sont particulièrements gros et rouges. Superbe DOF.


Hola Felipe&Cristina, habéis publicado un interesante y atractivo trabajo que a primera vista llama la atención por su explosivo colorido. Una pose diferente. La profundidad es buena y pocos ojos de libélula se ven tan bien captados. Buena luz.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hello Felipe and Cristina,

Hehehehehehe..............had to laugh loudly about the title.
It really looks like the damselfly has got a big smile on its face :)
Wonderful shot with great DOF and clarity.
Very beautiful colors and contrast.
Excellent work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hi Felipe,
amazing close-up. The details are fantastique.
Great POV and details.
TFS Tatjana

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-07 13:55]

Buenas noches Felipe/Cristina:
Una imagen inquietante y original para realzar el aspecto de este depredador. La pose, el punto de vista, la composición y el color son excepcionales.
José M.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-07 15:05]

What a super-duper image Felipe!!
The DOF is excellent!
Magnificent colours too.
Great head-on POV and a superb composition.
Excellent clarity.
A very original shot!
Well done!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-07 19:21]

Hi Felipe,
Outstanding shot woth spot-on focus on those gorgeous eyes. Lovely colours and sharp details with good use of flash lighting and an excellent perspective presented. I like your frontal POV which works well here and the composition is superb. Kudos.

Hi dear Felipe ,
Very nice macro.Wonderful lighting and colours.
Well done


Hola a los dos,
muy simpática se ve la libélula, parece tener una pequeña sonrisa. M egusta ese punto de vista y la aparente carita infantil del insecto. Bien lograda

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-04-11 10:47]

hello sir,
after a long time since we met...
beautiful picture..the eye contact is amazing

Hello Felipe,

What a splendid frontal view of this damselfly. Razorsharp with a lot of fine details. The dramatic POV makes the shot great. I like this one. Is at last what differently than complete damselfly in picture. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

Hi Felipe, amazing portrait of splendid damselfly, fantastic colors, perfect focus on eyes, great details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hehehe! Very funny close-up Felipe! I like it a lot! :)
The flash reflection in damselfly's eyes looks great too, and the sharpness and lov POV makes this picture very unique :)
By the way, what do you think about adding this photo to the PES gallery? :)
Best regards and have a nice weekend my Friend!
Friendly yours,

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