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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your favorites, jmp *3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-13 9:04
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My patience is running low :)

I already see people from Europe taking macro photos of insects, while here in Romania another cold wave just hit... :(

I am so eager to see everything green again, to see butterflies on blooming flowers, to hear a lot of birds singing in the trees, to hear frogs quacking in the ponds and to see dragonflies emerging and flying again :) Soon...soon...

Until then, this is a small collage i meant to post last year but never got around to, showing a very young adult dragonfly emerging from his larva.
The species is Gomphus vulgatissimus - or the Common Clubtail - the most commen and widespread Gomphus species in Europe. It is a medium sized species with club-shaped abdomen. The males are black with extensive yellow markings on thorax and abdomen which turn green when mature while the females are just black with extensive yellow markings.

I know the BG for these photos is far from good, but i really didn't want to disturb this very delicate process and so i didn't touch anything around the dragonfly. I also hope to find some more dragons emerging this year and maybe get some better condition then :)

Thanks for looking :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 300mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO: 100
Flash: Yes (power: -2)
Support: handheld
Weather conditions: cloudy

Jamesp, kebapci, Luis52, vanderschelden, gondox, mariki, Argus, crs, Dan, eqshannon, oanaotilia, jmp, nglen, marhowie, JPlumb, uleko, SelenE, Alex99, peter_stoeckl, extramundi has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To extramundi: Hello, my friend!horia 1 02-24 23:03
To marhowie: thanks, Howardhoria 1 02-15 06:05
To gondox: Kosonom szepen, Andor :)horia 2 02-14 08:36
To oanaotilia: despre insectehoria 2 02-14 06:01
To jmp: Nice to see you again, Jose!horia 1 02-13 12:57
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-13 9:13]

Hi Horia

Great sequence - the detail is really good in each one - plus the colours are excellent. A well observed and captured shot.


The photo sequence with all perfect focusing, sharpness and BG is very good. TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-13 9:34]

Hola Horia.
Muy interesant las fotos en secuencia de esta "Metamorfosis" de insecto. La paciencia para lograrlo a quedado compensada aqui.
Felicidades Horia

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-02-13 9:47]

Hello Horia,
be patient! It's still winter season and nature requires more coldness so that it can develop properly in coming spring and summer.
I think during winter months we can enjoy all the nice pictures taken in the last season such as your present contribution.
It nicely shows hatching of the dragonfly and I hope that you will show a picture of the insect
with fully developed wings.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Horia,
Don't worry. Spring is in the air;-).
Very good moment and very educational...
See you...soon...soon..

Hi Horia!

What a fantastic action you have captured!
Unbelievable wonder of nature. And you captured perfectly, sharpness, colors are all very fine and I don't have any problem with the bg either... This is where it happened :)
TFS, goes to my favs!

Best regards,

Hello Horia,

Very nice composition. Very nice POV. Great sharpness. Very nice natural colours. Very interesting and educative sequence of pictures.
Well done,

bonjour horia
splendide,j'espere pouvoir assister a ce genre d'evenement cette année!
belle et bonne decomposition.
la netteté est bonne.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-13 10:08]

Buna Horia,

Felicitari pentru excelenta serie de fotografii. Exceptional momentul pe care l-ai prins. Calitatea tehnica a fotografiiklor este de asemenea ireprosabila.
Iti impartasesc frustrarea referitoare la inca prezenta noastra iarna.

Toate cele bune,

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-02-13 10:16]

Salut Horia,

Ai reusit o serie foarte interesanta, instructiva si bine facuta. Felicitari si rabdare, vine ea si primavara. Deocamdata in Dobrogea a venit iar iarna....


Archives or not it is a worthy montage! A pane full of action...almost like a strip of 35mm movie film...very nicely done in the cutting room so to speak. Fine detail and believe tis! Spring will come!

Buna Horia
Cand eram pasionata de insecte (pt licenta) libelulele erau favotitele mele. Insa nu am avut ocazia sa asist la un astfel de specatcol!
Reusita seria ta!
Si ai rabdare, va veni si primavara!!!
Numai bine,Oana

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-13 11:32]
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Hi Horia,
Long time no see! But time is a real problem for me nowadays.
Perfect capture of this magical moment that shows one of the greatest things IMHO.
Best regards, José M.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-13 12:40]

Hi Horia . Spring will get to you soon I am sure. I dont think winter is over for us just yet . A get set of pictures showing the dagonfly in the state of emerging . good detail and colours. very well done TFS.
nick .

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-13 14:08]

Hola amigo,
original transformación... :))
presentación y excelentes detalles.
saludos Horia

Hello Horia,
Thank you for sharing the process of life on a dfly, very good sequence well captured!
very good sharpness with details in the shot
well done and TFS
Spring will come for you and going to enjoy lovely postings soon!

Hello Horia,
very nice sequence here, each picture is very good, technically perfect and very fine composition,
cheer and thanks,

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-13 23:49]

Hi Horia, I think the background is great. It is very natural looking for this great collage. You've got very good detail and colour, even at this size. I can just imagine what this would look like on your terminal, before the resizing exercise. Your framing of these shots was complementary to the shots to give us an excellent presentation.

Thanks, John

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2008-02-14 0:15]

Excelente trabajo Horia, poco que añadir a lo que ya te han dicho. Luz y colores muy conseguidos. Buen documento.
Saludos: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-14 1:19]

Hello Horia,
Excellent presentation of this slow emergence!
I can't wait either, but it's not long now and the other day I saw the first butterfly here - a Brimstone, but I didn't have my camera! These three images are all very sharp and the colours natural. Well done! I find it hard to tell what species they are as they are emerging.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-14 2:08]

We do have insects now but all I've seen is a ladybird, fly and another kind of fly :-) We'll have to wait another month until the insects all explode in to life! I can't wait for the dragonflies and damselflies to appear! I think it's April at least :-(
It looks like you made the most of last years macro season anyhow!
This is a splendid capture of this emerging Clubtail!
I have no problem with the BG! I think it's very natural and shows this dragonfly's reedy habitat.
Great clarity and detail.
Superb montage Horia!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-14 2:58]

Hi Horia,
Nice collage and an interesting presentation. Well seen and captured. I think the background is not disturbing, it's natural and looks good. TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-14 3:13]

It won't be long my friend! You must be more patient, it is only February ;o)
Meanwhile, you can be glad that you have some great shots still tucked away! Each one of this trio is a beauty, with fine detail and wondeful colour. From an educational point of view, it would be hard to better this.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-14 8:30]

Hello Horia,
My patience is running out too! We are going to have a cold weekend :(!
But you have saved a nice series to whet our appetites for the summer. Great triple collage of G. vulgatissimus emerging with fine technical qualities showing how your could the best out of your S2 IS.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-14 8:46]

Hi Horia.
I like to watch one from your brilliant Canon S2 shot series. Amazing observation and outstanding quality of the each image. All is superb. And great details/sharpness, wonderful rich colours, direct POV, excellent lighting and so on. Bravo, my friend.
I am waiting for spring and such perfect shots taken with Sigma 70-300 lens.

Ciao Horia,
complimenti per queste splendide foto in sequenza.
Fra poco potrai tornare a fotografare nuove specie.
la primavera è ormai assai vicina :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-15 5:40]

Hi Horia,
I will be back in a moment.

Hi Horia,
Very nice set, man I wish I could find this scenario to shoot myself.
You did an excellent job in your presentation - top shot(s) all :)
See you later,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-15 19:42]

Hello Horia

amazing to find and document this.
Wonderful timing.
The various shades of green are excellent.
Very well focused with great sharpness.

Dear Horia,
a wonderful sequence, perfectly sharing all the excitement that you felt when watching that "birth" happening.
Thank you! My best regards,

Dear Horia!
After some days, but finally I am back here :)
Lovely and very educational presentation! The timing was perfect and you showed a very special moment from insect's life. Moreover you kept in very professional way details, sharpness, and you also controlled in perfect way light.

And one more thing... Eh... when I look at you picture I want only one: SPRING!!! :)
Greetings, Radek

Hi Horia,
This is a precious sequence that clearly shows us this strange process. In this case you patience paid off with this nice document with superb details, exposure and composition. This is something we don't see often! You should see the king of winter we have here with snowstorm, after snowstorm… It’s the never ending winter :) Thanks,

My suggested title... ready to kill! :)
How are you, MF?
As always a pleasure to rush over your gallery and discover what I am missing being away from TN, although I have seen that I am not the only busy guy araound here ;)
This one is really TN stuff, not a photo but a magnific and beautiful document, congratulations.
Best regards, Felipe.

Excellent sequence Horia, Iv always wanted to capture somthing like this but you would need the patience of "Job". Very well done.

Hello Horia,
MArvelous metamorphosis secuence, you´ve done a very good job.

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