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Onychogomphus forcipatus

Onychogomphus forcipatus
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Copyright: yiannis christofides (yiannis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 625 W: 0 N: 770] (5400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E3
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 7:00
Viewed: 2933
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Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Onychogomphus forcipatus is the only species in the genus to be found in large parts of Europe.
In the Mediterranean there are six additional species, four confined to Turkey.
The males like to sit on boulders near streams in the characteristic pose shown in the photo, taken in a stream near my house.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-21 7:18]

Beautiful species captured with good details and colors, good composition. tfs.

Hallo Yiannis
I can only say two things about this magnificent macro:
1. WOW
2. It looks like a helicopter.
Thanks for sharing a spectacular image. Best regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-21 7:50]

Giasou Yiannis,
Dragonfly impressive ..
Very nice and sharpness composition with good details and colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Yiannis, superb capture of this magnificent species of Dragonfly, awesome detailed sharpness with amazing depth, splendid lighting with lovely colours, great effort here Yiannis and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hi Yiannis,
Excellent close-up of this dragonfly, very good details sharpness, well exposure, great contrasting and good point of view,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-21 8:14]

Hi Yiannis,how is brilliant this pic? Magnificent work,what a perfection,total sharpness and focus and great colors too.Impossible to make better,this is a very professional work,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

Ciao Yannis. Impressive DOF ad razor details MF! And beautiful natural colours.


Hi Yiannis,

This is a fantastic picture of this dragonfly. The sharpness is outstanding here & a perfect POV. The tail end is intersting.
Well done & TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-21 10:19]

Hello Yiannis,
Very beautiful colours in this photo wuth a lovely BG. Also excellent sharpness and a very good composition.Best regards Siggi

Hello Yiannis,
Spectacular macro with natural colors and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
You catch a lovely species.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Yiannis,
a superb capture of Onychogomphus forcipatus, a very beautiful dragonfly that I have not photographed, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours.
Best regards

Hello Yiannis,
fine shot of this interesting Dragonfly with good sharpness and beautiful colours. Well done, I like it.
Best wishes,

Hi Yiannis,
amazing photo of this dragonfly. Excellent sharpness and a lot of details. Perfect composition. Nice vivid colours.
Thanks for sharing,

fantastic sharpness, greetings Ori

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  • meisok (53)
  • [2011-09-21 13:39]

Bonito macho inmaduro de forcipatus (se puede apreciar claramente por los colores de los ojos), bonita pose y muy buen foco, una foto muy completa, buen disparo!!


hello Yiannis
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours. Fantasitic subject captured,
thanks greeting Paolo

Hi Yiannis,
Wow great Dragonfly. I think it is a member of a family we call club-tails. I have only ever seen two species in my life. I like how you captured this on a rock, sometimes on the ground shots can be messy. Great light, focus and DOF. I like it.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-21 19:47]

Hello Yiannis,
a very good view of this dragonfly. The details are superbly taken and presented. The effect of perfect lighting is very wonderful. I like noticing the tails, well segmented, pleasant colors and exciting pattern.
Well done for such an exciting capture.


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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-21 22:28]

Bonjour Yiannis,
Très belle capture de cette libellule aux jolies couleurs.

Ciao Yainnis, great POV on a beautiful dragonfly, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ακόμα μια εξαιρετική φωτογραφία εντόμου Γιάννη. Καλή σύνθεση, όμορφα χρώματα και εντυπωσιακή ευκρίνεια.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-22 3:56]

Hello Yiannis,
You show a dragonfly from the Gomphidae-family too. It really looks like a helicopter! Luminous picture showing the dragonfly on its preferred stony place. Excellent sharpness too.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-22 7:44]

Hello Yiannis,
A photo in great clarity. Impressive sharpness, superb details and splendid natural colours. Very nice contrasting BG and DOF. Taken from a very good POV in a pleasing composition.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-09-22 9:06]

Una foto preciosa de este forcipatus, en España son un poco distintos. Excelente definición y presentación. Enhorabuena.

Very beautiful capture of the speices.

Hello Yiannis,
A great macro capture of this dragonfly taken with excellent details, sharpness, colours and POV. Well done!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-24 18:23]

Hello Yiannis,
Awesome detail and stunning coloration. I like everything about this image. Exposure is perfect and the DOF is super!!

Gran enfoque y una excelente luz. Gran belleza del conjunto.
Saludos Yiannis: J. Ignasi.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-26 12:12]

Hello Yiannis,
this picture is amazing!!
Very beautiful POV, fantastic sharpness and detail, splendid natural colours. Great quality.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Excellent POV & sharpnees!!!
TFS & best regards, Ferran

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-09-27 11:06]

Hi Yiannis,
Very nice photo of this dragonfly.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Regards Jiri.

hello Yiannis
great sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
very nice pose to see al details very good
i found one of this specie in Greece post on TN
page 11
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-29 20:14]

Hello Yiannis,

Perfect POV on this Pincertail, we can clearly see how it gets it's name. Impressive sharpness & beautiful colors that somehow merge with the natural rock face. A well taken & very nicely presented image.

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