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Darter on the rocks

Darter on the rocks
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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: 2008-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-04 9:47
Viewed: 5571
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Western Spectre - Boyeria irene
Thanks very much Horia and Dietrich for the id. of this dragonfly.

The Western Spectre is a remarkably unremarkable, dull-coloured dragonfly. It's a southern European species which occurs only in Iberia, Southern France and Italy where its preferred habitat consists of slow-flowing rivers and streams with trees growing right on the water's edge. Boyeria irene is most easily recognised by its low, slow, zigzagging, inquisitive flight; the male will closely search the river bank where ovipositing females may be laying their eggs in tree roots. Besides this behaviour, the species' only physical distinguishing feature is its highly effective camouflage colours of green and brown.

I found this info HERE.

Today I post this shot I have taken recently, after several months without making a single capture.

The shot is rotated 180º, in fact it was hanging upside down in a rock shelter.

If you look carefully you will notice some kind of "strange stain" in the side of the left eye, maybe due to a deformation, but I am not sure.

Hope you like!

No postprocess except crop, frame, decrease slightly yellow saturation, resize and USM 0.2 - 370%
ISO100 - F8 - 1/200 - Handheld - Diffuse flash.

marhowie, siggi, writerscrawlz, Art_R, LordPotty, red45, nglen, Juyona, rcrick, Alex99, ppmiranda, horia, liziafa, Mike-Rix has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-04 10:03]

Hello Felipe,
Very nice shot in macro!
Well done, with great colors!!
I love it, just the simplicity and the beauty of the nature!

This is incredible! Stunning details, absolutely perfect POV and DOF. I love the background because I can see how well he blends into his environment. Excellent composition and sharpness.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-04 10:12]

Hi Filipe , a nice close up of this dragonfly , good details , and color , I like the tight crop , and your notes are useful as well , thanks for sharing

A great macro of this dragonfly Felipe.
That 'stain' on the eye is very unusual.
I certainly don't know this species either.
An excellent capture anyway. Hope you find the ID OK.

Excellent closeup Felipe, I like the head-on POV & comp here..
The colors, details, and flashwork are impeccable :)
What's going on with its eye?..Looks like it may have been injured then..
He may need to see a specialist for that ;-}}
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-07-04 10:45]

hola Felipe, excelente detalle. Una toma nitida y con buena luz. Un saludo.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-04 11:00]
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Hello FeCr!

Good to see you posting again. I'm really surprised - new picture, but old cam :-) Superb face to face POV, great details. It is very hard to ID insect from this POV, I didn't find anything similiar in my books.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-04 11:53]

Hello Felipe,
What an excellent macro. The sharpness, details and POV are perfect. Fantastic colours and DOF. Beautiful composition.
Have a great weekend,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-04 12:26]
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Hello to you both. A very good close up of this large looking dragonfly. which you have captured with good detail in the eyes and wings. I am not to sure about the ID a bit differecult from this view. Do you have a side on picture you could load in a workshop. well done TFS.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-04 12:45]

Hola amigos,
perfecta macro,
buena combinación iluminación y nitidez,
saludos FyC

Hi Felipe
Awesome POV, wonderful sharpness and detail. I like the tight crop to show off the body.

Hi Felipe and Cristina,

What an amazing macro, the detail is just fantastic, and the colours are stunning, excellent use of a fill flash it’s highlighted the Darter beautifully, love the tight crop, really nice work, all the best,

Cheer Rick :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-05 0:29]

Hi Felipe.
Next top quality work from you. Amazing direct POV, terrific DOF and tremendous details, sharpness and colour palette of the insect reproduction. Well done and best regards.

Hi Felipe
Beautiful macro with amazing details and colors, good pose and POV
perfect use of flash
really well done
TFS and regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-05 3:08]

Hello Felipe, this is an extraordinarily great macro of the dragonfly. Brilliant image, his details are so sharp and clear to see.
Well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-05 6:32]

Hi Felipe,
Outstanding macro shot with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. The compounded eyes look great and I like the details captured on the face and wings. Nice pose captured and this frontal POV makes a superb view. Very skilful use of flash lighting and the composition is magnificent. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-05 10:35]

Awesome macro shot, Felipe! This is what you're so famous for :-)
Incredible clarity and sharpness.
Superb composition.
Very nice light from your flash.

Excellent work!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-07 2:00]

Hello my friends

What a beautiful capture here! I don't remember seen this species before on TN, so thanks for sharing really :)
I'll help you with the ID: it's a Boyeria irene female - or the Western spectre.
It's a realy beauty, too and apparently it was kind enough with you and let you take lots of nice and different picture :)
Very good sharpness and flash work, excellent with the DOF and colors...in all the shots you've presented us.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Felipe,
among the many dragonfly shots on TN this one stands out for originality, interest and for the rare species Boyeria irene. The species shuns sunlight and stays in the shadow, it is easily overlooked. The quality of your pic is outstanding, the flash a real help.
Best regards

Hi Felipe,
Very good shot.
Clear and sharp - excellent!
Wonderful colors and compositon.
Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

Amazingly sharp macro. Congratulations. Good note with photographic and zoological details.


Bonjour Felipe
Très belle capture, excellente netteté et couleurs, j'aime le cadrage en plongé.
Une belle réussite, amicalement Robi

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