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Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Peek A Boo [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-23 13:38
Viewed: 3397
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I hope this weather never ends, it's been another scorcher today. I decided to spend a few hours at College lake nature centre today.

This is a common blue damselfly. Every time I got set for a shot, he'd move behind the grass. This carried on for a couple of minutes, then he must have got bored with me and flew away.

Dragonflies and damselflies can appear alarming to some people, and their old English country names of ‘horse-stingers’ and ‘devil’s darning needles’ suggests they were once feared. This fear probably stems from the long and usually striped abdomen characteristic of these insects and the fact that they can curl their ‘tails’ down as if preparing to sting. In fact, neither dragonflies nor damselflies have the capacity to sting, although they are predatory insects, both in the larval and adult stages. All flying insects evolved originally with two pairs of wings although, in some species, the front pair has become modified to act as wing covers. These species include various beetles, crickets and cockroaches. Other insects have effectively lost the hind pair of wings, having two pin-shaped balancing organs in their place. Dragonflies and damselflies have retained both pairs as membranous wings, both effective in flight. Both dragonflies and damselflies are strong and swift fliers, and both pairs of wings are similar in size. Apart from their smaller size and generally more slender build, the easiest way to distinguish damselflies from dragonflies is the position of the wings when the insect is resting. Dragonflies rest with both pairs of wings held perpendicular to the body, whereas damselflies hold them almost parallel. As the name suggests, the common blue damselfly is one of the commonest species in Great Britain. They can be confused with other blue damselflies and this situation isn’t helped by the fact that the markings on this species are rather variable. Adult males are predominantly blue, spotted with black markings resembling stripes. Adult females are much darker with larger areas of black and usually a green background colour, although there is a blue form, again with larger areas of black.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-23 13:55]

Fantastic one Alan,
I love the good composition of the heat, well composed shot, great pof and very good dof, my compliments you became a profi.
gr. Jaap

Like his sticky up hair... looks a bit like my son...

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-23 15:14]

Excellent capture and well done on the composition and details. Excellent work.
Looks fun, a game between you two. LOL


Hello Alan!
This little guy has the strangest face - almost looks like a Halloween mask. The colors and focus are spectacular! Great note, as usual.

Thanks for posting,


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-23 15:51]

A very nice capture Alan,
Excellent composition and POV.
Nice detail and great DOF.
Superb,well done!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-23 16:14]

Superb portrait of the damselfly. Perfect composition and excellent details of head with eyes.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-23 16:19]

Hi Alan, nice shot. They, funnily enough, like grasshoppers have this annoying habit of moving behind a grass stalk as you describe. It drives me nuts sometimes. When they do this I push my hand into their field of vision and they move back into view :-) Doesn't always work!

Nice work.

This is different Alan but I cant decide on whether I like the crop on this. I think It would have looked better with the rear in frame. I do love the details and the green BG as well as the POV.

Regards Steve.

Very good macro, Alan.
The POV are great. WEll composed, nice colours and good details.
Very well done.

Hi Alan!
This is wonderful shot! My yesterday photo wasn't so good like yours :-( I envy you!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-24 5:16]

Yes, true words Alan! One of most annoying things of insects is their tendency to hide behind stalks every time when camera is perfectly set for taking picture ;-)
Good capture of this one-eyed damsel, nice POV and composition.

Great macro Alan. Isn't frustrating photographing wildlife! That damned blade of grass for him to hide behind! Never mind, you nailed him anyway and it's a superb shot. I love the POV. Well done. Thanks.

Hello Alan!
Wonderful capture.Colors,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-24 6:50]

I hope the heathwave will end tonight! ;) Man, I can stand these temparatures. :) Very nicely captured image. I love the eyes. Well done & TFS!


Hello !
Really perfect work. POV:)DOF:)details,colors and framing are amazing.I liked composition very much.Have a nice weekend:)



Great close up Alan. Very well composed, good detail, sharpness and color.
I like the POV, Well captured. TFP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-25 3:38]

Hello Paul!
Very nice close up.Colors,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Just fabulous, what else needs to be said Alan.....well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-26 13:35]

Alan, another very nice one with a great title.

As usual, sharpness is excellent. Great colors too, as well as a great composition.

Hi Alan,
I like this shot. The caption sums up the feel of this photo perfectly. Out of interest did you manage to take a similar photo in landscape aspect as well? I think this would have worked quite well with the tail leading out of the picture.

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