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Nature in Our Hands - 1

Nature in Our Hands - 1
Photo Information
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: 2008-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-13 9:15
Viewed: 4174
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like to start a small series of pictures entitled
Nature in Our Hands
in order to strengthen in a symbolic way the awareness that we are responsible for nature and for the fate of many species.

Picture no. 1 in this series shows
- Gomphus pulchellus
- family: Gomphidae

English: Western Club-tailed Dragonfly
German: Westliche Keiljungfer

The dragonfly was freshly hatched and therefore was rather passive and an ideal object for taking pictures.
In addition the bright light gave me chance to select small apertures in combination with acceptable short exposure times. So I could achieve a suitable depth of field by a handheld capture.

A small nice nature reserve in the vicinity of Schladen, Sachsen Anhalt, with several ponds and beautiful vegetation.

Species information
G. pulchellus occurs in West-Europe (Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain. It is absent from Scandinavia, Great Britain and Italy and most parts of Austria.
In contrast to other species of the genus, pulchellus prefers ponds and small lakes.

- bright sunlight (ISO 400)
- handheld

* Bellmann H. (1987) Libellen beobachten - bestimmen. - Verlag J. Neumann - Neudamm, Melsungen.
* Kuhn K. & Burbach K. (1998) Libellen in Bayern. - Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.
* Jurzitza G. (1978) Unsere Libellen. Die Libellen Mitteleuropas in 120 Farbfotos. - Kosmos, Stuttgart.

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ciao Peter!
excellent moment and great close up of this
dragonfly..I subscribe to the claim that you wrote and I hope that soon there is a trend reversal against the whole nature...
have a nice W.end sERGIO

hello Peter
WAUWH wath a great macro shot
great details
so sharpness i like this picture
bautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-13 11:36]

merhaba peter
wonderful macro photo of this cute model
composition, POV, BG, DOF, light and sharpness are great

great close-up Peter !
perfect sharp and fine details , beautiful natural colours and great POV ,
well done !

Hi Peter, a great capture of this pretty dragonfly in an excellent composition with great clarity.
Have a nice WE and Happy Valentine'day!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-14 1:51]

Hello Peter!

Great idea for serie of picture. And beautifull first one. Fresh dragonfly is perfectly sharp and detailed. I like its eyes, markings on body and pale colours. Excellent picture.

Hi Peter.

A truly amazing macro, one can almost feel the shell of the dragonfly, seems to be softer and moister due its recent hatching. Great idea for a series of pictures. Thank you for sharing.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-14 8:09]

Peter, Amazing sharpness and a superb shot. Wonderful wonderful presentation and great colors. Ganesh

Hi Peter,
A nice closeup shot of this beautiful Western club tailed dragonfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Peter.

This is such a fine close crop of the excellent macro. You are lucky to come across the freshly hatched d-fly and shot in amazing exposure with so much details. Very good awareness series and looking forward to more posts.

Best regards and have a wonderful weekend.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-14 23:23]

Hello Peter,
Though I like to avoid photos of creatures together with parts of our bodies I like your theme!
I also like the sharpness of this close macro of Gomphus pulchellus that shows the head and thorax with superb clarity in great ambient lighting.
We must learn to look after what is left of the natural life on our planet and this means that we have to curb our growth. We can no longer prioritize jobs against our natural world but as unfortunately that is a minority view your little campaign is a good thing!
Thanks and best wishes,

Ciao Peter, great capture of superb dragonfly with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful composition in your hand, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

HI Peter,
tatsächlich, das gleiche Motive - aber ich hätte es beinahe nicht gesehen, Danke für Deinen Hinweis. Deine glänzt, als ob sie sich gerade eingeölt hätte ... super.
Es ist auch wunderbar zu sehen, dass Mensch und Tier auch mal miteinander können - wenn man vorsichtig ist und man gleichzeitig so neugierige Zeitgenossen wie Libellen vor sich hat. Ich bin immer wieder begeistert, wie offensichtlich sie einen beobachten, drehen den Kopf, fliegen kurz weg und kommen zur gleichen Stelle zurück ... das ist wundervoll zu beobachten und ich freue mich schon wieder sehr auf den Sommer ...
Liebe Grüße aus dem verschneiten Allgäu
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-18 11:41]

Hello Peter,
Stunningly sharp details and beautiful colours in this close capture of G. pulchellus. A good note too!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-08 6:12]

Hi Peter.
Very nice idea of the "hand"-series. And shared shot are stunning. I am impressed with this one two. Quality of reproduction of all features of the fine dragonfly my be a dream for every photographer. Terrific sharpness, great DOF, amazing rich colours. Bravo. Perfect work.

Hi Peter,
Wow! that if you have an impressive collection of photos of species. I appreciate the comments and I'm taking advantage of visiting your favorite photos on display. The level of detail is impressive. The outcome is excellent and the documentation on each photo is the front line.



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