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Copyright: Jeroen Gerdes (Belgerdy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 6 N: 877] (7664)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKKOR 200-400mm 1:4G AF-S VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-06 9:08
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Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On one morning on Gotland I was walking through the swamp to look for Dactylorhiza traunsteineri, and I came across this scene.

Hard to photograph because of the wind, the dragon fly kept turning, I finally managed to fin a quiet moment to shoot the dragonfly (species?). Also it is easy to see the old shell of the beast that the dragonfly larvae is underwater, being a very vicious predator.


Dis. Ac., flashpoint, marius-secan, maurydv, horia, cloud, Sascha-Steinau, Amelia has marked this note useful
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Ciao Jeroen, great macro of lovely dragonfly and pupa on a wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, beautiful natural colors and superb details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jeroen,
This is a fresh dragonfly! Nice focus on the head part and the exuvie. The square format is the best for this shot. Great background as usual. Cheers,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2010-07-06 10:20]

Hello Jeroen,

Great picture of this dragonfly
Great catch, sharpness, color and background


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-06 10:23]

Hi Jeroen,
Je zou niet zeggen dat het waait, wat een prachtige haarscherpe opname. Vanuit een erg goed standpunt gemaakt. Mooie verzadigde kleuren en een prachtige vage achtergrond. Perfecte compositie.
Groet en geniet ze vanavond,

Hallo Jeroen,

een mooie zeer scherpe foto van deze libel met uitstekende achtergrond en prachtige kleuren.

Fijne wedstrijdavond.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-06 10:58]

Hi Jeroen
Waw...what a great shot!!!
Amazing details and great colors.
Perfect BG and POV.
Congratulation for this beauty!

hello jeroen, perfect shot and details...thank you...

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-06 11:20]

Excellent photo of this transformation, congratulations and TFS!

Hello Jeroen,
Outstanding details on the head and eyes. Excellent focus and sharpness.
Wonderful background and colours.

Hello Jeroen,
Great macro taken at perfect moment with fine details, beautiful blurred BG, natural colors and good POV. Well done!

Hallo Jeroen,
a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and a very pleasing composition
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-07-07 1:30]

Hi Jeroen

This is a lovely capture from you that captures the first adult moments of this Libelulla quadrimaculata (i'm a bit surprised that nobody has helped you with the ID yet, since there are many dragonfly shooters here and this is a rather common species for them :))
Anyway, you managed to catch a great moment (as i said) and despite the not-ideal conditions with the wind and all, you came back with this very neat and sharp shot and a good side POV.
I really like your DOF choice here as well, as it makes that BG so nice and uniform, bringing out details like the small, delicate hairs on the d-fly's body so well.
Well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-07-07 2:57]

Hello Jeroen,
It's very clear colours, perfect simple composition. You managed to catch in very good moment.I like tone of colours all the photo.
Regards, Pawel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-07-07 4:03]

Beautiful image of this dragonfly life cycle, the color palate is excellent. tfs.

great closeup, TFS Ori

Hi J,
WOW what an amazing composed and detailed sharp macro, the natural colours, and light using are perfect! Very well done my friend. It makes fun to watch your pictures!

Many greets from Good old Germany,

Hy Jeroen
Excellent image, perfect sharpness.

Ciao Jeroen. An impressive dramatic situation with fine details and godd sharp agaist the blurred BG.


hallo Jeroen
Dit blijft altijd boeiend
zo een verandering vindt ik altijd super om naar te kijken
ik heb ze weer van een zing cicade genomen
je ziet hem wel
groetjes lou

Hi Jeroen, this is a mervellous moment to see. The dragonfly looks as if it has just emerged for the voracious nymph, as is beginning to spread its wings.

Lovely details on both the dragonfly and the exuvia (the skin of the nymph), and a perfect background to show both.

Groetjes, Amelia

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