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Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Pyrrhosoma nymphula
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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: 2005-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-08 8:20
Viewed: 3174
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was awake and out nice and early this morning to try out my new lens. I decided to try out a site near to my home, college lake reservoir, which is just outside Tring.
After about an hour of photographing anything that moved, this damselfly landed on this leaf, and sat for about 2 minutes. To get shots like this was the reason for buying this lens. And to manage this shot after only 1 hour was a real result.

Here are some facts about this damselfly, which is a male.

Large red damselfly
Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Widespread in the UK, this species has a red abdomen with dark markings towards the end. Males tend to be more vibrant. It is often the first damselfly to be seen in spring.

The male is aggressive, fighting off other males entering his territory. Damselflies rest with their wings folded lengthways along their body (unlike dragonflies, which rest with wings outspread).

During mating the male clasps the female by her neck while she bends her body around to his reproductive organs – the shape that this creates is called a mating wheel. The pair fly together over the water and eggs are laid within a suitable plant, just below the surface.

The eggs hatch and the larvae, called nymphs, live in the water. Nymphs eventually climb out of the water up a suitable stem to emerge from their split skins as damselflies.

What does it eat?
Small insects, snatched from vegetation.

When will I see it?
Between April and September.

Where will I see it?
Resting on vegetation near water. Along slow-flowing rivers, lakes, ponds, bogs and canals

Notes from www.rspb.org

Thanks for looking.

It's still sunny outside, I'm going back out. I may be some time!

sAner, Luc, cafecrem, tinman, Jax, PDP, TAZ, Robbrown, carper, AndyB, slrnovice2, Runnerduck, gerhardt, dew77 has marked this note useful
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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-08 8:27]

Hello Alan,

This is a very nice capture. You obviously bought a great lens! Congrats. :) I really like the composition on this picture. Well done on the sharp details and stunning colors. Good POV & DOF. TFS!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-08 8:37]

Personal assessment of the photo: great. Unusual composition.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Alan.

Very good macro, Alan.
IMO it's little to much space to the left.
Very good sharpness, colours and DOF.
Excellnet work.

Why do I live up in the north, we don't have any damsel-and dragonflies yet. ;-((. I'm soooo envious.

Great macro. I love this shades of green. Congrats!

Fabulous capture with good DOF and sharpness throughout.


Excellent clarity and composition. Nice way to christen the new lens. Well done. Tim

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-08 10:41]

Alan, this is just another perfect photo.

Excellent sharpness, pov and bg.

The colors are vivid and beautiful.


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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2005-05-08 12:22]

Lovely capture with spot on dof and colours - and a good composition all round.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-08 12:23]

Hi Alan, very nice detailed shot. The focus and DOF are great. My only critisism would be the space behind the fly, although it doesn't distract from the quality of the shot it doesn't add anything. Apart from that it's a very nice job indeed.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-08 13:16]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique pour cette superbe libellule rouge. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce.
Very Well Done !

Very nice Alan, the new lens seems to work well.
2 comments to make a fraction shallow on DOF , the far legs on the leaf could of been in focus too if you had set a slightly higher F number and still kept the OOF BG.
the other nit is the crop, IMO there is too much space behind, if you did not have the space to leave in front I would of cropped it square instead.
These are all minnor nits really this is a very good capture and the body details and colour are very good. TFS I presume you will return when ether the light or memory space runs out, which ever it is hope you had happy hunting.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-08 13:45]

I love the photo's of the same type of damselflies, very good one you have here Alan,
very good composition, good in pov and an exelent dof, good details, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-08 14:02]

A nice capture Alan.
Great colours,nice and sharp detail.
The DOF is excellent and the oof BG great.
Nice one, well done.

This is beautifully sharp Alan and you have the whole of the abdomen in focus which, I know to my cost, is no mean feat. I agree with others about cropping out the space to the left but it has lots of detail, good BG and great colour. Thanks for sending it. I see we both have new macro lenses this week - fun isn't it? :)

A great shot Alan, you must be very pleased with your new purchase.
The colours and detail are fantastic. I personally feel that there is too much space on the left of the image.
Well done, this is great! Thanks for posting.

Hello Alan, Superb details colors and light..You heard the space left already..I imagine this is the original space when shot?Excellent for your first capture with this new lens..Looking forward to your next macro my friend!

This is perfect!
I love the colours and light. Great details, composition and POV.
Great job!

Alan its a striking capture both in color and contrasts. I agree with Paul and Robert that more impact could be added by cropping some of the space to the left. By stepping down to a smaller F-stop you would have had more DOF and the shallow DOF is barely noticable by the left eye and leaf just dropping out of DOF. I believe F5.6 or even F8 would have given the same result. Exceptional capture, very well done and congrats on the new lens.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-10 4:07]

Hi Alan!
It's wonderful close-up.Colors,details,BG and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

I will vote this one, not only because it is a very nice shot well controlled in all aspects, but because it confirmed 100% the ident of one I shot yesterday. I would maybe crop some of the left only to post bigger and get some more details, the good quality worths showing :D
Thanks for sharing, Alan. Regards.

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