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Downy Emerald

Downy Emerald
Photo Information
Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-31 1:39
Viewed: 2955
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The downy emerald (Cordulia aenea) is a species of dragonfly. It is metallic green and bronze in color, and its thorax is coated with fine hairs, hence its name. Like most other emeralds, the downy emerald has bright shiny green eyes. Adults are around 5 cm in length, and are in flight from May through July each year.

This species lives in woodlands near lakes and ponds; like other dragonflies, it lays eggs in water and its larvae are aquatic. It is distributed throughout most of Europe. Although it has been eliminated from some of its historic native area in Great Britain due to habitat loss, dense populations of the downy emerald can still be found there in spots where its ideal habitat remains.

After the downy emerald young emerge from their eggs, they live for three years at various larval and nymphal stages. They are fully grown adults for only two months, during which time they mate and the females deposit their eggs back into the water.

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Ciao Hans, fantastic dragonfly in a beautiful natural ambientation, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Hans,
a superb capture of the Downy Emerald, outstanding sharpness, fantastic light and colours, a very pleasant composition with a splendid environment.
Have a good Sunday

Hi My dear friend Hans,

This one looks very clear and well composed, truly outstanding quality.
The lighting and focus both seem perfect, exceptional work my friend.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-31 2:57]

Hallo Hans,
Lovely capture!This is a fine composition, where the close-up work is very well done! Good details and bright natural colours, background nicely blurred!
Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-31 3:19]

Hello Hans
This is an unknown dragonfly for me, but it-'s a beautiful one... thanks for sharing

hallo Hans
Dit is een helemooie super compositie zo op het groen
mooie kleuren en goed licht
ik heb in griekenland een glans libel gevonden
lijkt op die van jou ,staat ook op TN
groetjes lou

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-01-31 4:59]

dag hans,

Mooie libelle foto, voor de beste afwerking even overlopen met een ruis filter, het resultaat zal nog beter zijn.
We zien prachtig de structure van de vleugels dit is zeer mooi.
Mooi foto werk. Bedankt.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-31 5:07]

Hello Hans,
A very soft light on this metallic-colored Downy Emerald. A natural and fine presentation of this beautiful species.
Thanks. Have a nice Sunday.

Hello Hans,
Great capture with lovely details and colours. Excellent composition and clarity.

Cioa Hans. Intrigant metallic/golden reflections and excellent details. The best DOF woth fantastic light. Nice compo.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-31 5:53]

Hello Hans
Wonderful capture this lovely and very sharp dragonfly!
I like the colors and the POV.
Congratulation for this shot!

Hi Hans, Bravo! a really impressive draconfly, awesome colors, very beatiful ligth, weel balanced in all the photo plane. Special mention at background my friend, is perfect! TFS!

Dear Hans
The sharp details of this lovely dragonfly is great!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-31 11:09]

Hallo Hans,
Nooit geweten dat er zo veel soorten en kleuren in deze familie zijn. Ook deze is weer erg goed. Prima scherpte, heldere kleuren en een uitstekende compositie. Steekt goed af tegen de vage achtergrond.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-02-01 7:01]

Hi Hans

Lovely capture of this beautiful Cordulia aenea! I really hope to get such a good shot of one this season...i only have really bad ones of this species until now.
The details are impeccable here and the DOF you chose is simply perfect in my opinion, placing most of the d-fly in great focus but still blurring out the BG well.
Overall, superb work!

Bravo and TFS

bella anche questa cordulia aenea,ripresa in classica posa di riposo,
dalle caratteristiche colorazioni metalliche del torace e dell'addome

grazie Hans ...buona serata sERGIO

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