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Horia vs Red Greg: Round II

Horia vs Red Greg: Round II
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-09 10:37
Viewed: 3430
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Next round of our friendly competition with Horia.
I don't know how but I missed this specie in my previous posts :-) That will be eleventh specie on my list - Sympetrum striolatum - Common Darter. This is the same dragonfly which I captured few posts ago from left side. Today we can see its right side. And it is also full of mites! This is what I call invasion :-)

The Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. It is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe, occurring in a wide variety of water bodies, though with a preference for breeding in still water such as ponds and lakes. Adults are on the wing from June until November - occasionally into December.


This small red Dragonfly is seen in a wide variety of habitats, including lakes, ponds, canals and slow-flowing rivers. They will often repeatedly return to a sunny spot and chase competitors away, even attempting to chase much bigger Dragonflies away such as Southern Hawkers. This habit allows you to easily predict where it is going to land, and enables you to observe it. They are sometimes quite inquisitive and may land on an observers hand. they reproduce in air.

My full list of 11 species:

1) Erythromma najas - Red-eyed Damselfly
2) Sympecma fusca - Common Winter Damselfly
3) Coenagrion puella - Azure Damselfly
4) Calopteryx splendens - Banded Demoiselle
5) Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed Damselfly
6) Lestes dryas - Robust Spreadwing
7) Anax imperator - Emperor Dragonfly
8) Orthetrum cancellatum - Black-tailed Skimmer
9) Sympetrum danae - Black Darter
10) Libellula quadrimaculata - Four-spotted Chaser
11) Sympetrum striolatum - Common Darter

Picture taken here
[look at tiny cross-hair in centre of your screen]

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Hi Grzegorz ,
A wonderful shot with excellent focus.
Thanks for sharing
Kind regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-09 10:51]

Hi Greg. I had a look on the map and i think i could see you waving but i am not to sure. !!!
A good inflight shot of the Red Dragonfly . Once again we can see the mites on its side. Good detail and colours. Good use of the light in the eye. well done TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-09 11:10]
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W locie i z dobrym rezultatem. Cikawe jaka ekspozycja wytarczylaby na uzyskanie ostrosci skrzydel. Fajne.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hello Greg,
Good image of a dragonfly in flight...
Quite normal that the depth of field is a bit shallow.
Very sharp with a 1/125 setting.
Background is fun.

quelle netteté pour une prise à cette vitesse!
la couleur du corps est tres belle, grand detail de la tete, et mes ailes se devinent tes bien aussi et permettent l'effet de vitesse..

Hi, Grzegorz,

wow, what a beauty!! very nicely taken - and the details are sharp and clear! TFS.

Man Yee

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-09 15:35]

Hi Greg

Another great addition and a splendid capture, my friend!
The focus here on the head is spot-on and the details came out stunning!
The rather long shutter speed for an in-flight made the wings exquisite and very interesting for such a shot - the almost seem to disappear towards the end...very cool! ;)
Great compo and spot-on exposure, too.

Bravo again and looking forward for more

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-08-09 16:37]

You guys and your flying dragonflies are going to be setting new standards! Gary

Hello Grzegorz. Amazing sharp focus at 1/125s with this optics. I happened to have one too but this is totally out of my ability to catch one. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-09 22:28]

Hi Grzegorz,

Fantastic shot with theis in flight insect. The image is astonishing clear and the colors very naturaly rendered.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-08-09 22:47]

Hi Greg , wow , what can I say ? that is really something special , if I ever manage that I will be some proud :-) great work , thanks for sharing

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-10 2:32]

Hello Greg, Amazing shot and superb view. I tried manytimes shooting in such a position but so far failed. This is excellently done and great composition. Ganesh

Dear Greg,
Superb macro photograph of small red Dragonfly. The inflight focus is too good with excellent front profile & POV just like Nat Geo. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-10 11:58]

Hi Greg,

A fantastic shot of this dragonfly in flight. Looks like you caught him as he was diving. Excellent details - the mites are very visible and the face is wonderful. I love the red and browns.


  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-10 12:22]

Hello Greg,
Excellent and well-timed in-flight capture of this beautful Sympetrum. Great focus on the eyes and I love the colours against the grey background. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-10 13:20]

Sympetrum striolatum, yes, I think you're right - this is the Common Darter. See, I am learning a lot from you Greg! But I also think it looks more like a helicopter.
Well done - good focus and those wings are moving fast!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-10 13:37]

Hi Grzegorz!

Duelling the damselfly! I imagine composing an electronic slideshow hughlighted with the famous music "Duelling the banjo" and putting on stage your and Horia's damselflies! Oh! This would be a phantastic show...

Congratulations, your series is marvellous.

Kind regards


Dang there guy. You are neck and neck...and besides you have given Horia quite a game which I think he enjoys much! I almost feel like critiquing you vs him or vs versa is too hard. I can give him an A+ for his newly found talents or rediscovering old ones...and you...well your in flight images of this...it must have been quite a challenge eh?

10/10 to you in this round for this marvellous in-flight shot, Greg, but how did you do it at 1/125, man??
You amaze me with your versatility.
The image could not be sharper or more colourful even if you had captured the subject in a stationary situation.
Well done and TFS.

Wieko - zabijasz mnie tymi latajacymi wazkami... ;)
Ile trzeba siedziec i celowac w taka? Widze, ze to ta sama co poprzednio, ale i tak wyszlo ekstra. Mozna powiedziec - wooow ;)

Hi my beloved friend Greg,
Great macro capture of a dragonfly in-fligth in all around.
Greetings from TR N. Cyprus

Hola Grzegorz
Impresionante captura, con lo difícil que es conseguir encuadrar, y mas todavía conseguir un buen foco, enhorabuena por esta excelente entrega, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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