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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-22 0:11
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Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my 500th posting on TN!
I would like to thank all those who gave me critique on the previous 499.

I am basically a naturalist with an interest in photography and not a photographer with an interest in nature.
This means that my aim has been and will continue to be, to try to have as diverse range of species as possible even though some species have been portrayed a few times. Every shot has been taken in the wild or of wild creatures in my garden.
The result is a total of 337 species of flora, fauna and two landscapes.
This includes 161 species of birds and 82 Lepidoptera, 42 species of other insects and spiders and 29 species of Odonata

This 500th image shows:

Red-veined Darter Female (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
Swedish name: Vandrande ängstrollslända

This is a mature female. Apart from the red veins on the wings one of the characteristics of the species is the bluish underside of the eyes. The female lacks red and her veins are orange near the body.

The Red-veined darter is often common in many parts of the Mediterranean but rarer further north. It is the only European species of darter that ranges south to the warm parts of Africa and Asia. Its Swedish name means 'wandering meadow dragonfly' which refers to its tendency to stray far. Some have been recorded in Sweden! Darters are called 'meadow dragonflies in Swedish.

We visited a beach about 3 km (nearly 2 miles) from our hotel. It was very windy, a prevailing N. wind blowing off-shore. Behind the thorn bushes there were lots of these darters hovering in the lee of the wind to settle briefly and take off when disturbed by a gust of wind.

I had to reduce the DOF in order to have a high enough shutter speed to cope with the wind.

This was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hello Ivan! Wonderful macro. Perfect capture. Ideal sharp. Nice natural light and colours. Congratulations 500th. Well done!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-22 0:26]

Hi Ivan,
Congratulations on 500th post and hope to see your 5000th also here.It's a magnificent close up.Details are crisp clear and reazor sharp.Cross framing,exposure and lighting are perfect.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Ivan,

What a milestone and what a stunner to celebrate with, super detail, and superb colours, many congratulations, looking forward to the next 500 :)

All the best, Cheers Rick.....

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-22 0:37]

Hola amigo,
beautiful dragonfly
great pose and frame ...
congratulations on your work and contribution to this beautiful place, :))
saludos Ivan.

BIG congratulations, Ivan. 500 is a monumental task and you have done really well this far. Such a resourceful member that I always look up to. I like the note written in italic "I am basically a naturalist with an interest in photography and not a photographer with an interest in nature." True to your words, you are always so critical when some man-made subjects are included in the image and made me aware of every TN clicks. Keep up the good work and looking forward to your 5000th post.

And the image - flawless in every possible way!

Well done and best regards,


Hi Ivan,
Congrats on your 500th post...
really a beautiful macro shot with great details..
TFS this image

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-22 0:58]
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Hello Ivan,

Many congratulations !!!

You have added knowledge and ethusiasm to learning about nature through your varied contributions from diverse regions you have travelled.As a member i have not been able to comment on each and every one of your posts, but I have certainly visited and learned about many species you have presented over time.I admire your keen observation and ability to id species and highlight specific characteristics or features.In the Pink, The Egg Laying Empress, Only known to Dipterists, Stone chats are Bee eaters, Beautiful Eyebrows..... i could go on...

This red veined darter you present to mark your milestone is presented in a fine profile.I like the crisp details rendered despite a reduction in the DOF.The colours on the insect are well picked up in this PoV you used.
My compliments and best wishes ..here is to another 500 ...no 5000!

Thank you for everything

Hi Ivan!

When I rad your notes I realize how diversely your contributions to TN are. So many different species that you have photographed and described in a very competent and beautiful manner. I appreciate this a lot, mainly because I can learn a lot from your postings. I photograph just the other way round...

For your anniversary, I would like to congratulate you for your work presented here on TN and I'm looking forward to seeing many other postings from you.

Kind regards


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-22 1:20]

Congratulations for your 500th post and for a "Red-veined Darter " contribution Ivan, very fine and balanced composition my friend.Beautiful macro shot! Good focus, nice BG bokeh, good exposure and good color saturation. Congrats!
Best regards Siggi

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-22 2:08]

Hi Ivan,

First of all thanks for all 500 uploads and your input on this site,this is a great capture with a good pov,the bg is nicely oof,thanks for sharing this spanish variant and hope we can enjoy years more of your images,thanks


Hi Ivan,
Congratulations on 500th post! This is great shot!

Best regards, Leonid

Heartfelt congratulations on your 500th posting in TN Ivan, as usual with your form, a perfect capture with good exposure and sharp focussing, revealing a high degree of detail from a well-chosen vantage point. TFS this fine composition in nature my friend. Tried to lighten the BG a little in my WS to put some more prominence on the d.fly, hope you approve dostum.

Wow, a golden one Ivan !
Also a golden award for your 500th !
eager to see the next 500

Hi Ivan,
what a wonderful macro of a dragonfly ....
Congratulations on 500th post, above all i would like to congratulate you for your wonderful and very interesting work presented on TN; you have taught with your numberless contributions (not only 500th post with 337 species ...) to love and to respect the beauties and the mysteries of nature. Thank you very much.
Best regards.

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations!!!!! Superb 500th post. Excellent capture of this Red-veined Darter Female. Very interesting document. Ferran.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-22 8:40]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations!! 500!! And 500 beauties! Thanks for all these.
You celebrate this with an excellent photo. Sharpness, details and colours are fantastic. The diagonal composition is outstanding.
I hope to see a lot more, because I've learned so much from your work.

hello Ivan

Congratulations to your 500th photo posting,
another of your excellent photographys of insects,
superb focus on it, fine POV, great sharpness and details, TFS



Ciao Ivan, congratulations my friend for your splendid 500 h post on TN and best wishes for next 5.000, lovely diagonal composition with superb dragonfly, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-22 9:09]
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Big congratulations my friend!!!

You're very valuable and active member of our community. 500 photos sounds very good, but for me more important is great diversity of subjects. 337 different species is superb result! As a big fan of d-flies I envy you this picture - not only perfect photo, but also specie new for me.

congratulation of your 500th post Ivan !
beautiful capture with fine details and perfect sharp , wonderful colours and great DOF ,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-22 9:20]
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Hello Ivan, you are one of the best photographers and great nature lovers on TN. and we are learning so much from you. Therefore thanks 500 times to you. Also this is great close-up of a pretty dragonfly.

Very well noted both in notes and in historical markings. A fine choice for your 500th posting. Excellent work deserves praise!

Hello Ivan, thanks a lot for all of your contributions. Each one are perfect and educational. Congratulation that you reach that this big number.

Hi Ivan, superb shot as usual. Conggrats! Thanks a lot for all contributions.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-22 10:38]
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Hi Ivan

First of all, many congratulations on this astounding number of posts reached: 500 is a magical number that just goes to show your devotion to both nature and this lovely site - TN.
I hope to see many more from you - taken and presented with the same care as you have used us with these past years.

This is a lovely photo of this Sympetrum fonscolombii female.
The diagonal composition you've created here is excellent and the details you show this dragonfly with are great. The typical characteristics of the species are also well visible and thanks to the shallow DOF the subject stands out wonderfully from the uniform BG.
Overall, a terrific post to commemorate this nice event with.

Bravo and TFS

Hi My dear dostum Ivan,
Firstly i like to congratulate you on this excellent shot for your 500th post.
Fantastic and expertly capture with natural surrounding, which makes for a beautiful composition.
Colours, details and lateral characteristic pattern are perfectly seen on this pretty female red veined darter.
Thanks a lot for all contribution to us My dostum.
All the best!


Hi Ivan,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 500th post here on TN. A nice capture of this beautiful dragonfly. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition with a very nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing. Wishing you another 500....n.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-22 11:37]

Hi Ivan,

Congratulations on your 500th post. You selected a wonderful capture of this dragonfly to celebrate with. Excellent colors, sharpness, and composition - as in all of your shots. You have taught me so much about so many species - things I never would have learned otherwise. I thank you for that and for being such a good friend. I look forward to the next 500.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-22 11:50]

500! Wow, an impressive contribution Ivan, you have your very own online refernce library here on TN! As always, a superb shot technically, with a well chosen POV to give you a neutral background.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-22 12:29]

Merhaba Sevgili Dostum,
Bu 500. kareniz için sizi yürekten tebrik ediyorum. Birbirinden bu güzel müthiş kareler için emeklerinize sağlık diyorum. Nice karelerde buluşmak dileği ile...


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-22 13:31]

Hi Ivan, I have only a few moments tonight but i must make coment on yours. A very big congratulation for 500 postings. i have learnt so much from yourself about all types of birds and insects so thanks from me. This as always is a fine close up of the Dragonfly. well done TFS.

HI Ivan,
congrats - 500 shots - you are very successful and I'm happy I met you here. Show us 500 more!
This dragon is wonderful, sharpness and angle are perfect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ivan.
Congratulation for this 500th photo. This is a very beautiful macro shot. Very fine details and good composition.
Well done.
Best regards

Olá Ivan

Maravilhosa esta fotografia...belíssima composição. A transparência e a sutileza das asas do inseto são fantásticas, assim como as delicadas cores e detalhes minúsculos.
Parabéns pelo belo trabalho e parabéns pelas 500 fotos no TN!

ciao Ivan!
a good pose and rich details for this female
fonscolombii..ideal for this target!!
compliments sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-22 15:10]
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Hi Ivan,nothing better to celebrate your 500th!! You saw thanks at us but us must say a great thanks to your fantastic work on TN!!! Luciano

Hello Ivan
Congratulations for the 500th shot, and each one is so beautiful. Your galery is very impressive.
all of this picture is perfect : pose,colors, sharpness,BG, POV and DOF
have a good night

Hi Ivan
Congratulations on 500 posts,a great collection of so many different species.
A remarkable achievement with excellent details both in notes and quality of images. tfs jon

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-22 19:03]
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Hi Ivan
First congradulation for your 500 posting i wish to see the next 5000 .Beautiful closed up image.Outstanding detail with razor sharp image.
TFS Michel

Congratulations Ivan,
Your contributions have enriched us all here at TN.
You've posted a great diversity of fine images over the past 2 1/2 years..
An accomplishment to be proud of.
Very well done mf,

Hearty congratulations on your 500th post, Ivan!
These 500 valuable pictures you have shared with us over the last couple of years are among the best on TN and have contributed most significantly in building up the reputation TN enjoys today.
Your first italicized sentence about yourself in your note is the pithiest and the most candid one-line self-appraisal I have ever read.
Even if we reshuffle the order of words and phrases in it, it would still hold true for you!

Your 500th post of this exotic species of Odonata bears your signature and suits the occasion admirably well.

Personally, I have learnt a lot from you both as a naturalist and a photographer in my association with you in the past three years which I'm going to complete three days from now on.
I thank you for it and look forward eagerly for your next 500.
Warm regards.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-22 21:06]
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Hello Ivan,

Congratulations for your 500 post as well as for your excelent activity hear on TN. The dragonfly is very well shown in a sharp image. The natural, soft light you have had gave very nice colors. There is a fine contrast between insects colors and the background.


Hola Ivan,
Magnífica captura de este bello odonato, el color y los detalles son magníficos, iluminación y nitidez excelentes todo en una bella composición. Enhorabuena por tu 500th eso indica la magnífica labor desarrollada. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-23 1:31]
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Bonjour Ivan,
Toutes mes félicitations pour ta 500ème image. Par son côté très fin et sobre, elle est tout à fait dans la ligne de tes présentations antérieures. Magnifique libellule presque dorée (elle doit être une aristocrate!). Un grand merci aussi pour l'ensemble de tes publications qui sont pour nous une source de connaissance extraordinaire, par la qualité de tes images et la clarté de tes explications.

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations for your 500th posting and many thanks for your contribution to TN, it always a pleasure to look at your beautiful photos and to learn from your excellent notes
As usual this dragonfly macro photo is oustanding ,great sharpness and colours
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-23 3:43]

Dear Ivan,
On this very special occasion I will add my congratulations too! Without you I would not have accumulated the knowledge about nature that I now possess nor would I’ve spent so much time on nature photography! I’m so pleased to see the appreciation of our friends expressed above and I think other people realize how lucky we are to share this common interest.
This is a wonderful capture of S.fonscolombii that brings back memories of a most enjoyable holiday together – I hope there’ll be many more and lots of fine contributions from you on TN!
Lots of love, Ulla

Hy Ivan and I am sory that so late: congratulations for you impresive post! All the best and waiting for 1000 post;
Kind regards, Oana

Hi Ivan,
Big belated congrats on your 500th post, and a great shot to celebrate it.
Excellent detail here.
As you may know, I've been away in the mountains and off again tomorrow, so a bit of catching up to do ;)

Hello Ivan,

Congratulations on number 500! I'm a new fan of yours, and hope to follow your postings in the future.

A fine image, nice composition, sharp, with good detail.

Thanks for sharing,

Hej Ivan,
congrats on your 500th post, I hope for many more.
It have been very nice to have you around these years,
your are a great member, with all your knowledge about nature and always ready to give a helping hand with ID and so on
And of course is great you are a fellow-countryman too, we are not so many.
And I hope we can meet this year in fjärilsvägen.
About the picture. Itäs well composed with a fine POV and good DOF, the insect stand out well from the BG.
The sharpness and details are also very good.

Bästa hälsningar

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-23 14:57]

Hello Ivan !
Congratulations on you 500th picture ! The numbers you explain in your note are very impressive, and let me add also that each and every one of all these pictures was a real pleasure to look at. This one makes no exception, I love everything in it - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, pose of the insect and blurred BG. A great picture to celebrate a great even. TN would not be the same without you. Very well done !

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-23 20:56]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations my friend on your big 500! This is very nice
macro, great shot... Well done


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-24 4:53]

Hello Ivan,
I saw this wonderful post when I was at work and could not wait to Congratulate you on this milestone. You are an outstanding contributor here at TrekNature and I have learned so much from you about our natural world Ivan, I can't begin to thank you enough. I hope you will continue to be an inspiration to myself and many others for years to come.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-24 5:25]

Hi Ivan,
I missed this post and hence very late.
I appreciate your immense knowledge of natural subjects and enjoyed the images of you all these days.
with regards,

Hallo Ivan
And here I am last in the queue at this moment to congratulate you on the milestone reached with 500 postings. By the time I reach that total I am a granny walking with a cane. Thanks for sharing all your lovely photographs so regularly. It is not always possible to stop at each and every one, but when time permits I do enjoy your postings. Reading the information given in your notes about all the species you managed to capture so far, I must congratulate you with this achievement. You spoiled my eyes with this beautiful metallic Darter and you could not have chosen a more appropriate subject. Beautiful combination of bright shiny colours. Well focused and extremely sharp image presented in a pleasant manner. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

Hi Ivan,

Not much time this week so I see this now on the sunday morning.
Congratulations with your 500th picture on TN.
What a great shot to celebrate this.
Your comments and contributions are so valuable for TN.
To the next 500th postings.



Firt of all, congratulations 500th photo, it's not a easy job, now your shot, the sharpness is so impeccable that we can see all details of the dragonfly very clear. nice job.

Best regards


Hi Ivan,
Congratulations for your 500th post. The picture is as usual very good with great POV and composition, sharp fine details and beautiful colours. In your postings you have managed very well to meet your aims and present a great variety of species. I also appreciate that it would be easier to do that by visiting a zoo and shoot a great variety of captive animals at one go. That is a principal I have also followed. Though I sometimes visit wildlife refuses and zoos I have not either posted any of the pictures here. Thank you for showing us all those excellent pictures and keep up the good work!

Dear Ivan,
a fascinating, very well composed artistic shot, presenting a darter's precious fragility in finest details and most pleasant subtle colours. The short DOF is working fine, making the wings applear like gently soft veils around the precisely detailed body.
I admire the overwhelmingly broad spectre of different species persented by you, and your goals of concentrating on showing diversity combined with high standards of photographic qualities.
My congratulations to you for having arrived at 500 outstanding postings!
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

Hello Ivan,

I like the details displayed troughout the dragonfly area.
Nicely done close up.

I am basically a naturalist with an interest in photography and not a photographer with an interest in nature.

It's god you mentioned the above...
I consider mysef a photograper with an interest in nature. No doubt:-)

Congrats on number 500 and thanks a lot for everything!

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