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Blue Eyes
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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-02-05 8:47
Viewed: 5633
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my friends from TN!
I`m happy because I`m coming back home (TN) after a little vacation.
I hope you like this one and I wish you all a very nice weekend!

Probably at the next few days I`ll post a lots of odonatas: dragonflies (Anisozygoptera), and damselflies (Zygoptera).
Just a little curiosity about dragonflies: Why are they so agile in the air? Most bugs have four wings, which operate "in phase" with each other, as aeronautical engineers say. Dragonflies have four wings, which operate "out of phase" with each other if the dragonfly so chooses. Out of phase wings create an incredible flying machine that turns on a dime, climbs or dives like lightning, yaws or rolls with almost unbelievable dexterity. Dragonflies put the clumsy bumblebee to shame. Dragonflies live most of their lives in water and survive best in water that is clean and full of oxygen.

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Olá Francisco,
Good heavens! that way back friend! This photo is just perfect. I like your next pictures will be Odonates! I too really like these insects. Really I do not understand very well that owes its extraordinary ability to fly, but also quite surprised me.

Great pose, perfect light and an impeccable arrangement, to cut and compose. Congratulations and welcome back to TN!

TFS, Happy WE for you!


Hi Francisco,
A perfect macro with excellent focus and nice sharpness.
Very well done

Kind regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-05 9:57]

Hello Francisco
Excellent macro capture with great details, perfect focus and natural colors

hello Francisco
great you be back with a special picture
super sharpness and beautiful colours with very good light
great pose and nice BG.
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-05 11:14]

Hi Francisco . Good to see you back from your hoilday i hope you had a good time. This is a veryb right blue coloured dragonfly. Which you have taken with fine detail .I like the tyoical pose on the single grass . All with natural colours. well taken TFs

Hello Mello
Wonderful capture this lovely dragonfly!
Wonderful details and colors!
Blue is fantastic!

Hello Mello,
a great and well-composed picture of this dragonfly. The focus and also the point of view
are perfect. In addition, colours are very natural.
I tried to improve the excellent picture even more by a workshop: there is slight background noise
which I removed. I hope that you will like the result.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Francisco,
this shot really is beautiful. The body, especially the eyes are very sharp and detailed. the background is perfectly smooth and doesn't disturb the damslefly in the foreground.
Like the square composition.

TFS Tatjana

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-05 13:10]

Olá Fransisco,
Welcome back!
A beautiful dragonfly captured in an artistic way with a high technical standard.
The POV shows a typical body up pose to reduce over-heating in the sun, taken with nice sharpness against a blue sky. The composition on the curved stem is exquisite!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Francisco,
Lovely capture with excellent colours and very sharp details.
The composition is great. I like the blurred background behind the dragonflie.

Hi MF Francisco,

Welcome back! this is an astonishingly awesome capture of a beautifully coloured dragonfly perched on a tip of a twig from lateral POV. The DOF, clarity, details and composition are all impeccable!
TFS and have a nice night and Saturday MF!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-05 23:19]

Hi Francisco,
Nice to see you back.It's a wonderful close up.I liked harmonious colors,lighting,cross framing and details a lot.Have nice weekend too!
Thanks for posting..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-06 0:51]

Hello Francisco,
This is a superb photo of this dragonfly. Very beautiful colours, also in the matching BG. Fantastic sharpness, details and composition. Excellent POV.

Ciao Francisco, great capture of splendid dragonfly with lovely blue eyes, wonderful blurry BG, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Francisco,
a splendid macro shot of this Dragonfly taken from an excellent POV with very good sharpness and colours, a very nice composition with a lovely pose of the insect.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-06 1:46]

Hello Francisco.

A great capture of this blue one.
Very sharp and a very nice POV, taken in a obelisk statue.
Great blue colors.
Very well done and i'm looking forward to yous next Dragonflies.

Gr. Hans

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-06 3:57]

Hello Francisco,
This is a shot I really like a lot! The different shades of blue are of great beauty and the green eye of the dragonfly looks like a jewel. The composition with the dragonfly perched on the dry blade and forming the diagonal of the picture is excellent. Great!
I wish you and your family a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hello Francisco,
Awesome angle for this shot!
It's so good the first plane and appealing pose in which you caught the insect.
I like a lot the composition made with the lines of the branch, body and wings.
Great work and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Ciao Francisco. Superb dynamic pose with excellent colours results. Great POV, perfect details. What beautiful soft BG!


This is a wonderful beauty, Francisco, the eyes are amazing, I love this colour.
Also a lovely pose, thanks and have a nice weekend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2010-02-07 17:57]

Hi Francisco!

Very well imaged this dragonfly, with good details and nice colors, and for me the information you provided was very interesting too. TFS and for telling!

Best regards,

Dear Francisco!

I like your picture very much and I'm looking forward to seeing more drangonflies as you have anounced in your notes. The picture is very pleasant especially because of the delicate colours and the pose of the insect. Moreover, your notes and especially the explanation concerning the flight are very interesting.

Kind regards


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-08 8:28]

Hola Francisco,
espécies esplêndida de libélula. Que cores e tem um jeito muito bom.
POV Splendid. Excelente detalhe e clareza.
Um belo dia,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-08 12:12]

Hello Francisco,
I'm very fond of just blue dragonflies and your capture of this beautiful and slim species is brilliant. Excellent focus on the bluish/green eyes too and excellent details. I like its upright pose that keeps it cool and the fine smooth background that makes it stand out. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Francisco,

an exellent shot from this dragonfly with good pov, dof end details.

fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-08 23:34]

Hello Francis.
Very good picture of this dragonfly. Wonderful colours and POV. Very good uniform background. And the sharpness is amazing. Well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-08 23:45]

Hi Francisco

Excellent work - the pose is spot-on - superb.

Best wishes


ciao MF Cisco!
excellent management of light and great sharpness at this capture where the dragonfly from blue-green color, is shown in the particular posture called Obelisk ...

have good w.end sERGIO

This capture is amaizing: congratulations!

wow, this is really striking, TFS Ori

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