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Coenagrion puella

Coenagrion puella
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-27 5:20
Viewed: 2712
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Better known creatures around the garden pond:

This is an 35 mm Azure Bluet male (Odonata; Coenagrionidae; Coenagrion puella (L.); Hufeisen-Azurjungfer; L'Agrion juvencelle), eating a plant hopper (Auchenorrhyncha; Cicadellidae). Now I guess why the damselflies often hover inside my bushes: they check for small prey on the leaves.

ID: the type of black pattern on blue ground gives the species away for my region (in Turkey or Crete there are look-alike species). The black tip is different from that of the similar C. pulchellum. The species is frequently found in large parts of Europe.

Technical: No way could I achieve this result with a compact. I used the Konica Minolta Dynax and the macro dual flash instead.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-27 6:18]

Hello Dietrich
You capture this insect with very sharp details and vivid colors

Greetings Dietrich

Amazing picture....!!!
The details and colors are so brilliant...
Nice POV and DOF...

the colors can be improved as my workshop shows...
Hope you like it...

vipin ;-)

hello Dietrich
super picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Excellent capture, sharp details, natural colors and light, nice blured BG,
TFS, regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-27 7:30]

Very good macro of this Odonata sp. very good light and details!

Hello Dietrich,

A great capture with vivid colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-27 11:13]

Hi Dietrich . A very good side view of this Blue Damselfly. With your sharp focusing and fine detail i can see every little hair on its body. Your use of the flash has given bright but still natural looking colours. A good pose with its fly for lunch. well done TFs.

Hi Dietrich,

There's an excellent image for sure! Wonderful light, color and composition, very sharp and detailed, with an attractive subject. The smooth out-of-focus background is perfect for this subject too, something that would probably be impossible to get with a compact camera.



Hi Dietrich
Small damsel fly - small prey. Very interesting shot and nice observation. I like diagonal composition, good blured background

bonjour Dietrich
superbe photo de cette demoiselle avec sa proie, belle pose et point de vue
la photo est très nette, la luminosité et les couleurs sont magnifiques
Passe u bon WE

Très belle photo, très nette et piquée, avec de belles couleurs. Merci pour le partage.

Dear Dieter,
The metallic green and azur blue of your Damselfly - together with the sharp focus, showing even the thin hair on the insect - making it a perfect image of a Damselfly. It is an added bonus, that you were able to capture it while feeding!

I particularly like the natual colours of your photo: you do not over-"photoshop" - too many other people's photographs look like bad paintings in an Insect Book...

These damselflies are vey interesting - they do not fly much about (at least in South Africa) because their wings are so flimsy - but sit for the most part in bushes and reeds. Only in the second half of summer (January-February) they make short flights. Their mating takes place in an extraordinary way: the male seizes the female by the prothorax - immediately behind the head - with a pair of claspers attached to his abdomen. They fly in tandem, the male always in front... I have seen many notes to photos of Damselflies completly misinterpreting the image...

Have a good week,
Kind Regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-05 9:00]

Hello Dietrich,
Great moment you've photographed here. Splendid contrasting and clear colours. Great use of the flash. Excellent sharpness and details. Very pretty diagonal composition. Good POV.

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