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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-22 12:53
Viewed: 4687
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Happy birthday TN,2 today and its also my birthday....42 today!
Unfortunately I had to work and had a 4 am start,such is life but I'll have a drink or two tonight to make up for it! :-)
Thank you Adam and Robert,its a great place here and I've learnt a lot in this short time both in photography and nature.I even know some latin names for insects when I see them.
This is a pair of blue-tailed damselflies (Ischnura elegans)that were mating near to the pond.The female is the pale green one and the female of this species can be in a number of different colour forms.
ISO 400. Diffused flash and exposure compensation was set at -1.7.
Thanks for looking,have a great day.
Long may TN continue!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-22 13:00]

Hi Andy
Happy birthday to you (and TN too)!
Lovely mating dragonflies. Perfect details and pov!
TFS, José M.

I'll be raising a glass for your birthday tonight my friend.

The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend. And especially enjoy a celebratory drink tonight.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-22 14:26]

Excellent photo Andy!
Peaty the slight cut of the wings on the left odonata (the female).
Perfect DOF, colours and details!
5* and TFS!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-22 14:39]

Hello Andy , And happy birthday to you , very good shot from this two , beauty colours compositie details pov and the bg , heave a nice weekend Teunie .

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-22 15:10]

Hello Andy,
Very nice close up.POV,colors,details,sharpness,
simple BG and composition are wonderful.

Excellent work Andy and Happy Birthday young man! Your work has come a long way, and this shot is a prime example.
I can do nothing but savor the details of your workmanship :)
Very well done..and easy on the celebrating ;)

First happy birthday :)
very good quality and very good capture, I am not sure about cropping the left side.

Hi Andy,
a wonderful shot to celebrate this day.
Happy birthday to you, may all your wishes come true.
This two damsels are beautiful, I love this moment so much, very well done, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Happy birthday, Andy!
You have posted a grand macro on the occasion which synchronizes with the birthday of TN.
Have a great time and TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-23 3:16]

Bonjour Andy!

Bonne macro,l'ation,la netteté,les couleurs et la qualitée en font une belle composition.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-07-23 10:32]

Privet Andy.
Acrobatic etude - continuation of a sort. Good work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-24 5:28]

Hi Andy!
Happy 24th birthday :-)!!!
Lovely diagonal composition, very nice details and BG. Small parts of bodies are too bright in my opinion, but yes are superb. Very nice birthday picture!

Hi Andy,
Happy Birthday!! Sorry yuo had to work on your BD. I had a week from hell and have gotten behind on my critiques.
This looks superb. The composition and crop are flawless. Beautiful colors and nice sharp detail. Great backround makes it really pop!

Hi Andy,
Beautiful capture! Excellent details and clarity, great colours and very well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-25 4:48]

Hi Andy,
Happy Birthday for Saturday :-) Great shot you have here, the detail is just fantastic. Beautiful colours and perfect DOF. I noticed the clipped wing but I think it's irrelevant here as the rest is so perfectly balanced. Excellent shot, top quality.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-25 16:22]

Hello Andy, great shot. Very good details and composition. It's hard with this type of shot as if you include all of the wings they look too distant and if you have done what yo have done it can look a little incomplete. I never really know!!! Very nice shot, well executed.

Wishing you a very happy birthday!

*I've turned off my points, I cannot recieve and I cannot give. I'm sorry for the latter*

Hello Andy,
Sorry I'm late, but I hope you had a lovely birthday :-)
You choose and nice picture for this double ocassion. Great details, great colours and a superb clarity. I like the POV and framing a lot!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-07-27 13:05]

Andy, a great capture.

I enjoy saturation, contrast and the vibrant colors. The diagonal twig adds a lot to the composition; the bg is great too.

An impressive shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-30 6:50]

Hi Andy.
Composition of your picture is outstanding. These words it is possible to tell and concerning the background. Main objects is drown with amazing accuracy. Colours, details and sharpness are excellent. Great job. TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-03 10:29]

Good and sharp shot Andy. Colors are great and the oof bg works really well. I would have liked to see the left dragonfly fully framed. A minor nit though. Btw; Happy birthday in retrospect! :) Well done & TFS!


Hello Andy,
Great composition with the diagonal stick and the great colours! pov and framing are great too! With stunning bg it reaches the peak! A usual great post from your gallery :-)
Thank you,

bonjour andy
pas evident de savoir qui est qui,mais la photo est d'une tres belle qualité.
couleurs details netteté pov et dof.
superbe moment.

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