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Red Damsels mating

Red Damsels mating
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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: 2007-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-01 7:52
Viewed: 3838
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Don't worry...i'm not that lucky...
This is another shot from the archives. I had some more landscapes similar to the ones i've posted recently but i didn't want to have two photos very much alike one next to the other in my gallery :)

The species here is the Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula and obviously this is a pair mating, captured last year in May.

This species is the first sign of spring in much of Europe, being the only Pyrrhosoma present in north-west Africa, Turkey and most of Europe. Although it is easy to identify to genus level, there are no characters that separate P. nymphula from its southern Balkans counterpart - P. elisabethae - in flight.

Flight season: one of the earliest species in northern Europe; from April to August, most abundant in May and June; probably a few weeks earlier in the south.

That being said, since this species is a spring sign, hopefully this post will bring spring to us macro photographers :)

I'll also post another photo in a Workshop), for a better look of this species.

Hope you’ll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 320mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
Weather conditions: variable

Part of the info: from K-D B. Dijkstra's "Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe"

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Hi Horia
Red green and yellow Very nice image. Pretty good sharpness, very good minimalistic composition. Perfect OOF not disturbing background
Best wishes

Hello Horia,
A great capture Pyrrhosoma nymphula at their special time. POV/DOF, focus and lighting great. Nicely framed and composed. Superb colors. good notes. TFS, well done

Hi Horia,
I don't know how you could captured so great details on both insects... I have tried sometimes and I never have good focus... This is a beautiful capture with nice composition, details and natural colors and exposure. Well seen! `

Bonjour Horia
Très belle macro, belle netteté, lumière et couleurs, très beau sujet.
Félicitation pour ton site internet très réussit!
Amicalement Robi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-01 8:20]

Hi Horia

Great capture of these delicate damselflies. The detail, colour and isolation are all really good. Great framing too.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-01 8:21]

Hello Horia,
I'm still searching my archives too! We have gales now.
This is a nice one of P. nymphula in copulo, something I missed last year. I love the contrast of these against the green OOF natural Bg, which makes them show so well and they are presented with good sgharpness too.
Thanks for sharing this one my friend and have a good weekend,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-01 8:22]

Hi Horia.
I am very pleased to stay next to your and other my dear friends on the same TN page. Great true Horia's picture of the cute pair of insects. As usual, brilliant reproduction of the damselflies and amazing BG. Bravo and my hearty greetings.
Yours Alexei.
P.S. I'll be back to your previous shot soon.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-03-01 9:09]

Hello Horia,
a nicely composed picture taken just from the right point of view.
The tandem spans nearly the entire diagonal.
Optimal colour contrast between the insects and the smooth green background.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Horia,
a fine summer reminder of this nice picture of the breeding
dragonfly, it's only a few months away.
Well composed, good sharpness and DOF, the pair is well seen
against the BG.
Well done, my friend.

Have a great weekend

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-01 9:40]

Hi Horia. Now that would be lucky. but you took this in may which is not to far away now. You captured good detail and colours with this one.with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.
good notes too.

Hello Horia
I guess we are only 8-10 weeks away from this sort of activity being present again.
But that said this is a fine demonstration of the mating process..Perfectly sharp and a glorious BG to really highlight the subjects....I like the workshop which compliments the post perfectly showing another view of the subject.
(sorry I havent answered your asks on my pics but I have had a busy week taking my son to London every day where he has had some fantastic work experience days at 3 companies)
A good Sunday to you

Hi Horia, lovely couple in love, splendid colors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-03-01 13:02]

Regardless of the season - it's just a great capture. Good in detail and color! Wonderfully done!
Cheers, Klaus

We shall be getting many of these again and this year I shall try to think up some flavor of Bob style to add to the dragonflies..This year my legs are better and I think I know a place where these hang out!


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-03-01 13:48]
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Hi Horia,
I like the focus you made and the presentation. I think I would have tried to give a bit more saturation as the photo looks a bit flat.
What do you think? (or is it just due to the small screen I'm using at this moment)
Good observation and note.
Well done and TFS

Hello Horia,
Very beautiful framing for this perfect composition of the dfly mating!
a very fine super macro with such closeness indeed
good sharpness, natural colour and fine details
well done, Horia!
best regards

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-03-02 0:07]

salut Horia,
bel instant d'amour, la composition est superbe tout comme l'opposition de couleurs entre les plans.


Hello Horia. I always blame everything when I failed to capture damsels in their moments in good sharpness. These creatures are so small even to my naked eyes among the grass and weeds. I can tell from your collection, you are very talented in this department. Perfectly controlled aperture and focusing to achieve this flawless shot. The red damsels are so sharp and vivid in colors and contrasting well with the pleasant green background. I also like the way you have presented this in vertical format. Well done and have a nice day. Regards. Jusni

hi Bogdan,

Beautiful composition with perfect colours and sharpness.
Also a very good BG.

Regards Gert

Ciao Horia,
bellissima foto di questa specie, molto attraente.
Mi piace molto anche l'immagine in Workshop.
In questa foto i due esemplari si possono osservare molto bene, grazie allo sfondo verde omogeneo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-02 3:32]

Haha! My face was going green (with envy) until I noticed this was taken in Summer last year :-)
Wow! Now what a shot this is!
You've chosen a parallel POV that's kept both the Damsels in perfect focus and you've composed it superbly!
Very good clarity which has conserved lots of detail and kept the photo crisp.
Vibrent colourd and great lighting.
Superb DOF that's blurred the BG very well.
Top-stuff Horia.
A great shot to prove our Powershots were still awesome cameras :-)
Cheers mate.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-02 9:16]

Hello Horia, what a fine macro of these Damselflies, very well composed with a great background and perfect technique, thanks!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-02 12:05]

Hi Horia,
Wonderful shot of these mating Damselflies. Fantastic colour contrasts and very impressive sharpness. Superb lighting and DOF and you have portrayed a very tender moment here. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-02 14:19]

I really like this two doing whatever they do. It look like an acrobatic performance to me, like in the circus. Great detail and the constrast of the color between the red and green are just perfect. Composition is good. I also really like the close up shot of it in workshop. It show all the little fuzzy hair on its neck and back. Don' make me choose one, because I would be torn.

Hi Horia,
A splendid capture my friend, those two lacey "damsels" in a love-play. You could finely squeeze both of them within the rather shallow DOF from your ideal POV, catching them in fine focus and detail.
TFS and cheers,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-03 2:53]

Hi Horia,
yet ANOTHER great shot from your archives. A very impressive balancing act between this pair, are you sure you haven't used a bit of glue??
An excellent DOF and POV against that green background has produced a very pleasing image, well done!

Hi Horia

Good shot of these mating damsels. Excellent sharpness and well composed on a good background. The S2 + close up ;enes have done a very nice job.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-03 12:06]

Hi Horia!

Our nature is full of secrets and suprises. Sometimes I wonder why we ignore so much of it. Maybe to give us the possibility to learn at every stage of our life and to keep being curious.

Your pictures help me for this. I always learn, I'm always curious about what you will show the next time and I'm often surprised as I am with this picture.

It's so delicate, so wonderful and surprising. I like it very much.

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-05 6:54]

Hello Horia,
Lovely! Not long now and we'll see them again! Excellent view of these two with the female hanging in the air! It looks almost as if the straw is about to break off. Great focus, sharp details and I like the soft green background that makes them really stand out.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-05 23:18]

Hi Horia,
This is a very elegant mating shot. I liked the composition, colors, POV, details and the scene you captured. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Horia!

A perfect capture example of your excelent photograpy! TFS my friend.

Ps. I am in curious What's happening in Romania? on evolution. I took some message on this. All the best!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-06 9:15]

Hello Horia,
fabulous capture, the detail is amazing. Very sharp and the DOF is very nice.
Beautifully composed with a nice placing of the subject and great colors.
nice reminder of summer

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-10 20:20]

Hello Horia

It has been taking me forever to catch up with everyone's critiques.This is a beauty.The focus is sharp with lovely detail.
Very good timing,you captured the moment.
Well lit with lovely ,natural colours.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-20 14:18]

Hi Horia

You do these shots so beautifully. Wonderful moment captured, perfect DOF and pin sharp



excellent doubble damselfly in-"action"-shot, horia! :-) terrific composition with great sharpness and lovely colors against a
wonderful blurred green bg. i really like the pose with the lower one hanging in the air. best wishes & have a great sunday, thor.

hi horia!
fine macro with a nice situation!
sharp with good pov and dof
well done!

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