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Just emerged

Just emerged
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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 200
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-07 11:20
Viewed: 4481
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A clubtail - Gomphus graslini (I guess)

Clubtails are usually easy to identify at the family level since in most species their narrow abdomens expand broadly at segments 8 and 9, the eyes are widely separated, and the occiput is ridged.

However, it can be difficult at the species level and you may need to resort to minor distinctions in the male anal appendages or posterior hamules. There are many subgenera of Clubtails and understanding these can further assist with identification. See Robert Barber's discussion of the subgenera of this family along with detailed drawings of anal appendages and hamules at Identification of Gomphidae (Odonata, Anisoptera).

Clubtails average about 2 inches in length and species are found in all fresh water habitats (although most prefer streams) and forage at forest edges. Unlike other families, the male and female Clubtails tend to have similar coloration and markings. Clubtails may spend two or more years as larvae before their mass emergence. The robust nymphs burrow in the silt, awaiting prey, and are therefore of less interest to anglers than Darner and Spreadwing nymphs. The nymphs typically emerge on the ground or on rocks near the water's edge, rather than climbing vegetation. Interestingly, there are a number of citations of interspecies mating attempts.

F:25 - ISO200 - 1/125 - Handheld - Diffuse flash

Amadeo, meyerd, fungiman, Juyona, marhowie, Bass, TAZ, dB_grafix, jusninasirun, Alex99, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-07 11:29]

Una buena aproximación, con buena luz y detalles.
Un saludo

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-04-07 12:20]

Hi Felipe,

an extremely interesting of a dragonfly shot, unusual angle, unusual details---and the animal is not through with ecdysis (milky wing bases) and coloration yet. I admire how close you got with your ID under these circumstances.
My best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-07 13:07]

Hola amigos,
cuanto tiempo¡¡
original pov, y excelente definición,
nitidez y color...

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-04-07 13:12]

Hola Felipe Mateo and Cristina,
you show fine and sharp details of that dragonfly.
Depth of field and clarity of the presentation are great.
The rigorous symmetry is debatable with respect to composition.
Light and colours are pleasant.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Felipe,
The color, DOF, detail, and flashwork R top-notch here..
I like the close comp, and the the dragon at leafs edge.
I heard Gert mention that a lens tends to lose a bit of its sharpness at these very small apertures. Don't see it here though :)
Do you think a slightly wider aperture would've done the trick here?
Excellent image,

Hi Felipe

Cool macro. Its really interesting to see how the wings are joined to the body. Nature is amazing.
Excellent sharpness and composition.


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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-04-18 17:17]

Hola Felipe, Hola Cristina:
muy buen macro sobre esta libélula. La composición es muy buena, buena también la idea de contrastar los colores del bicho con la hoja. Muy buenos colores y luz. Los detalles no tienen desperdicio!
A mi gusto hubiese estado mejor un poco menos de acercamiento pero mas vista de la libelula. Pero eso es solo un gusto personal. La foto es realmente buena.
Saludos a los dos!
que tengan buen día y gracias por compartir

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-04-28 9:47]

Bonjour dear Felipe,
Good idea to dig in your stock, this close-up is great !!!
The "+++" : composition, nice young subject, POV, sharpness, great details, DOF, exposure, warm colors, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing as usual...
Congratulations my friend and thanks for sharing,

Hola Felipe
Muy buena la fotografía y excelente la información que proporcionas. La has fotografiado justo en el momento que empieza su vida como adulto.

Hello Felipe,
That lens is very clear for the macro.The details shown here are amazing.I am surprised you can get this close to an insect without it flying away..
Good work.

Hello Felipe. Nice shot at the back exposing excellent sharpness and detail. Well exposed with vivid color and contrasting well with the background. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-22 23:00]

Hi Felipe.
I like very impressive upper POV and cropping. And I am impressed with great DOF (aperture value selected perfectly) and skill use of flash. You managed to get excellent level of details and sharpness of all nice features of the insect and even leaf. My best wishes and compliments.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-07 6:27]

Hello Felipe and Cristina,
Lovely close-up of this immature Clubtail - it's interesting to see how the colours and especially the colours of the eyes change as they develop! Very fine details and beautiful colours here. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-03-13 10:16]

hi felipe,
Lovely picture of this beautiful insect. nice details and good notes

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