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Common Blue Voyeur!

Common Blue Voyeur!
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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: 2005-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sexy nature, Dragonflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-28 10:40
Viewed: 5720
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another pleasant morning / afternoon spent at College lake nature centre.
This is my last day of leave from work for a month, so I thought I'd make the most of it.

This is a pair of common Blue damselflies being closely watched by another. I had set up to get just the pair, but set a fast shutter speed so I could get them flying off. I was delighted to find that when I checked this shot that the Voyeur fly had come out so well.

The day was a true success when my main aim of the day was achieved. I finally got a dragonfly in flight (yippee). I'll be posting them shots very soon.

Thanks for looking

carper, Runnerduck, extramundi, AndyB, Signal-Womb, Luc, dew77, coasties, PDP, Fisher, TAZ has marked this note useful
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To wishnugaruda: That's magic!!liquidsunshine 1 09-01 15:47
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OUTSTANDING capture, very sharp details and well done on this composition.
Great DOF, excellent timing!!!

I know how hard it is, I tried to catch one (Dragonfly) with my S5000 (my last post), but I failed.

Bravo Alan!

Great macro, Alan.
You have caught a great moment, both a tandem and flight-in.
Very well composed, nice colours, good POV and very good details.
Excelent work.

Incredible ! Not only the scenery is funny, but you succeeded in capturing each dragonfly within a correct focus.
A great, great shot indeed.. I don't think this kind of pic will be renewed soon !
Thank you Alan.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-28 12:09]

Its a well captured photo,
that male would also that female, fantastic photo, great in pov. and with a good details and a good dof, very good job Alan.
gr. Jaap

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ***
DOF: ****
POV: ***
Note: **
Well done.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-28 12:58]

it is an amazing shot...
great composition...
I like it much :))))

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-28 13:20]

Alan, anoter amazing shot by you.

Excellent sharpness and colors in this very nice moment.

I added your picture to a theme of mine.

A superb image Alan. I can't believe you have captured three, I can't even find one!!
Excellent quality, incredibly sharp and the bg is spot on.
Well done and thanks for posting.

Beautiful and skillful capture, Alan. Tha composition and clearness are very nice. Just a pity the one in flight scapes a bit out of DOF, but taking into acount the scene captured it is a GREAT shot.
Congratulations for this one. Regards, Felipe.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-28 15:21]

Excellent capture Alan,
Very good compo and excellent detail.


Fantastic macro capture Alan, one of your best. When I see a shot like this I love to view the settings. The in-flight dragonfly is a real bonus . Brilliant work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-29 3:19]

Hello Alan!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing, lucky you!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-29 3:22]

Alan, you lucky man ;-)! But there was two voyeurs ;-) One with cam and one without ;-) Great moment, superb! I envy you :-) Big congratulations!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-29 3:53]

Hello Alan!
Great action capture.Lighting,BG,details and compositon are perfect.Excellent work!

Gave me a good giggle this morning.....Excellent work Alan, I'm jealous as hell about this one...LOL


I'm impressed!

Well done Alan. Sounds like you had a wonderful successful day. This shot is fantastic. POV is excellent. OOF BG really enhances the shot. Good light and tack sharp. Well done. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-29 6:14]

Wow!! Fantastic macro Alan! Three for the price of one! What a DOF with only f5! Amazing ... Great BG, good colors, great POV and nice details. Well done & TFS!


Ps-Too bad you have to go back to the office again! :(

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-29 13:57]
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Hi Alan, very nice work. You did brilliantly to capture this. The flying common blue is not so much a voyer as an observer of another species, the mating pair are Blue-tailed damselflies (Ischnura elegans) - can you see the difference in the thorax pattern (and abdomen)?

Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-29 19:09]

Now, how did you get this one by me?
Holy cow!!! Three in one.
There is a dragon/damsel fight going on here at Trek N.
I just said to another, the best on Trek N.

S..T!!! I don't know who now.
Excellent work, SIR ALAN!!!!!!!!!!!!


hello:) beauty shot:) exellent POV and DOF:) great one:D really I admire all:) exellent:)



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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-01 3:47]

It is very difficult to find damselfly, and you, lucky you capture 3 on same photo, with love and fly... Well done action shot. TFS Alan.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-07-02 11:07]

Hi Alan,

Did you take a day off the spy the sexlife of those animals?

Again a very interesting one. Who got the bride?


This is a really exceptional shot Alan. If it were mine I'd be totally proud of it, although I'd also consider cropping some of the left side of the photo. Either way, it's outstanding.

Hi Alan, what a great shot.
To see a couple of damselflies is so wonderful, but here together with a flying one and with such excellent sharpness - that's magic! How have you managed this?
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very good timing Alan; Like Paul says(PDP) the mating pair are ischnura elegans(Blue-tailed Damselfly) but the voyeur is of another species.
This male voyeur is Enallagma cyathigerum (Common Blue Damselfly).

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