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Damselfly Heart

Damselfly Heart
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm 1:3.5-4.5
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-04 10:40
Viewed: 3158
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a couple of the damselfly
- Pyrrhosoma nymphula
- family: Coenagrionidae

PRESS F11 to see the entire picture on your screen,

The species appears early in the year - by the end of April - and is by far not rare. Nevertheless, these damselflies are attractive with respect to colour and in particular couples may deliver beautiful motives.
During pairing, female and male form a kind of 'heart' as can be seen on this picture.

P. nymphula occurs in Europe, in the western parts of Asia (eastwards up to the Caucasus) and in Morocco.

The picture was taken with a 40-150mm lense (actual focal length 113 mm) in combination with an Olympus Digital Extension Tube EX-25.
- natural bright sunlight
- ISO 200
- hand-held

* Bellmann H. (1987) Libellen beobachten - bestimmen. - Verlag J. Neumann - Neudamm, Melsungen.
* Kuhn K. & Burbach K. (1998) Libellen in Bayern. - Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.

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Oh, you were referring to the heart shape formed by these mating damsels in your caption, Peter.
The image is simply beautiful.

Hi Peter,
A very unique scene that you has catched!
Great for the overall sharpness and clear details on the insect's couple.
And of course, that pose by wich the heart is formed is just magnificent.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,
PD: On my Safari's browser F11 hides all the open applications and let's see the desktop. But I would love to isolate the image, it worths to.

Hello Peter
Excellent shot of Damselfly mating,
Fantastic colors and BG,
Great composition and DOF,

Superb shot,friend

Good Luck

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-05-04 12:27]

I had seen them last week for the firt time,
the mating is very urly in saeson, good photo for a handheld shot, I mis a flash for the perfection of the shot, farther good photojob,
gr. jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-04 13:05]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful capture of a pair of P. nymphula in cop. Excellent sharpness and lighting from the side and pleasing blurred green BG.
This, together with a fine composition, make it a first class shot.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-04 13:11]

Hello Peter,

Absolutely a very difficult picture but you did very well, dragonflies are very lovely but alone with much patience can them these taking.
Very well composition too.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-04 13:27]

Hello Peter,
A really classic capture of these two! Excellent POV from which you've got both beautifully in focus in very nice light. Great sharpness and natural colours.
Very beautiful composition!!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Peter,

This is the moment of there life
Perfect compo with lovely colours and good details

TFS Thijs

Hi Peter,
perfekte Schärfe - und dieses tolle Motiv!
Du hattest Glück diesen Moment zu sehen.
Bislang hab' ich noch keine roten Libellen zu Gesicht bekommen, schade.
Großartige Post, vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-04 15:31]

hi, excellent macro,amazing colours with good BG, at right moment perfect shot

Hi Peter,
Good sharp and well composed image. Excellent depth of field.
Well done

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-05 4:23]

Hallo Peter,
Sehr schön präsentiert sich hier das Libellenrad, wirklich ein richtiges Herz. Gute Schärfe auf diesen feinen Adonisibellen, nicht einfach zu realisieren. Auch symbolisch ein schönes Bild.
Liebe Grüsse

Hola Peter,
Una composición de gran belleza, parecen contorsionistas luciendose ante el fotógrafo, nitidez excelente, con luz y fondo agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-05 7:14]

Hi Peter,
Great approach, excellent details and the best pov to show this pair.
Regards, José M.

Hallo Peter..
Sher schones Bilder..
L.G. Ella:-)

Excelente enfoque y composición.

Muchas gracias por tu ayuda en la identificación de Zerynthia, ya he corregido mi publicación. Saludos: Ignasi

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-06 12:41]

Hi Peter

Anther splendid macro photo from you!
This is a great catch and a superb moment, with a very charming species. Unfortunately there are very few records of this species in my country, although i'd lovee to see one in real life one day... :)
The focus and DOF here is impeccable and as a result both of the damsels are shown with impressive details and sharpness.
The exposure was nicely managed and all the colors and tones are gorgeous.
As a suggestion i might add that a very little fill-in flash would have helped you to get better details and textures in the shadowed areas...but that really doesn't change the fact that this is a splendid shot :)


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