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Variable Damselfly

Variable Damselfly
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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: 2008-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): damsel fly, Art of Procreation [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-03 11:20
Viewed: 3263
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No. 19 on my list from the Odoanta Olympics with Greg.
I'm trying to catch-up to him right now, but work is unfortunately keeping me from taking more shots and spending more time on TN, unfortunately. However, i'm NOT giving up...i still have a reasonable stock of photos and the warm weather outside gives me hope that i will still have some chances of catching some still flying.

This is a fairly common species here - the Variable Damselfly - or Coenagrion pulchellum. Many things have already been said about this species so i don't think there is any need to add the same thing again.

I will try to still capture something rarer this or the next week...wish me luck :) Maybe then i will have a more interesting note.

Even so, i hope you'll like it :)

Here is the list of my d-flies posted this year so far:
1.Calopteryx virgo - Beautiful demoiselle
2.Platycnemis pennipes - White-legged damselfly
3.Lestes barbarus - Migrant spreadwing
4.Pyrrhosoma nymphula - Large Red damselfly
5.Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed damselfly
6.Coenagrion ornatum - Ornate bluet
7.Sympecma fusca - Common Winter damsel
8.Enallagma cyathigerum - Common bluet
9.Erythromma viridulum - Small redeye
10.Coenagrion pulchellum - Variable damselfly

11.Aeshna isoceles - Green-eyed hawker
12.Aeshna cyanea - Southern hawker
13.Brachytron pratense - Hairy hawker
14.Libellula fulva - Scarce chaser
15.Orthetrum cancellatum - Black-tailed skimmers
16.Orthetrum albistylum - White-tailed skimmer
17.Gomphus vulgatissimus - Common clubtail
18.Onychogomphus forcipatus - Small pincertail

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DC Macro
Focal Length: 263 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaliative Metering
F-Stop: f/13
Exposure Bias: -1/3
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 5 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-03 11:28]

Hi Horia. I see the battle is still on you are one behind at the moment , still time to catch up. This is a beautiful clear close up of the pair. Text book detail against the plain BG. well done TFS.

Hi Horia
Great shot. Fantastic moment. Almost perfect sharpness, great diagonal composition, great OOF homogenous background and beautful greeen color

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-03 11:33]

Hello Horia,
This is delightful: worth two images in you competition with Greg! :))
I like the POV and the free-hanging female in this image of two C. pulchellum in copulo taken with excellent sharpness and hanging on the unusual spiny leaf is an added bonus.
A real goodie and thanks for sharing this,

Hello Horia,
The Dragonolympics 2008. Must be a lot of identification work concerning the athletes:-)
I don't know what discipline this is but it's certainly well photographed and done at a decisive moment.
Well done
Thanks and greetings,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-03 11:34]

Hello Horia,
Fantastic photo in fantastic clear and harmonious colours. The BG is very beautiful.
Perfect composition and excellent sharpness.
Kind regards,

Hi Horia,
Very beautiful composition and soft background. Good luck for the last weeks of the competition!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-03 12:18]

Hi Horia!

It's incredible what you two guys can produce! One image more beautiful than the other, more spectacular like the one you present us today! It also could be titled "The circus acrobats". That's what they remember me: aerial acrobats. I imagine that your job when you try to catch them sometimes is acrobatic, too.

Kind regards


Hi horia,

Great macroshot of these Damselfly's.
Exellent BG and sharpness.
Natural colours. Well done!


I like it a lot because of its colours..but Joey wins today...tell Greg:-) this is fun. You folks are really doing this competition up well and it is working..I am getting caught up in it quite a bit!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-03 20:01]

Congrats on Number 19
You and Red Greg amaze me that you can find so many D'flies in your 'neck of the woods'.
I've always liked these brilliant blue ones Horia. And I have never them in NZ.
Get out there this weekend now

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-03 20:48]

Hi Horia

Excellent capture of these beautiful insects - great detail and isolation from the BG. Since I joined TN I have become aware of just how small and abundant these are - however - I still have not photographed one!!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-03 22:49]

Hello Horia!

Great! Fight still goes on :-)

This picture is beautifully composed! Twisted leaf and two damselflies look great on green BG. Very clear and sharp. Pose is typical for mating damselflies - I saw similiar scenes so many times this year :-) New specie to me - congratulations my friend!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-04 0:25]

Hello Horia,
What an amazing DOF that you have got for this shot, superb colors and a very good POV too!! The sharpness is just great

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-04 6:15]

Hi Horia,
i never tire of seeing thi type of image, and i know that there's alot of patience and skill that goes into getting them.
As always you give you subjects the best background, and reproduced the colours and detail with great clarity - good work my friend, hope you doig ok and not working too hard :o)

Hi Horia,
Excellent work mf. I could not have done this better myself..
Well maybe if I nit pick :) I might've removed those two stray spots I see BG upper right.
You may feel I'm picking on you Horia, but I've tried to treat everyone the same on TN.. Although it doesn't always work ;-}

Hi Horia.
Wonderful macro!
Splendid chromatism and excellent details.
Perfect POV! It is really a beautiful species!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
Josť Roberto

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-05 8:15]

Hello Horia,
Very beautiful capture of these Coenagrions in a lovely pose on the leaf. Excellent focus, sharp details and true colours. I really like the green colour of the background and the composition is excellent.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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