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B' or D' Fly

B' or D' Fly
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-04 3:40
Viewed: 2558
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the photo you can see a female of the Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum). Lately there is plenty of these creatures in my garden - it seems there is more of them here than at the pond. I had some ocassions to capture the d'fly sitting on the flower.

I wasn't very sure about the ID cause as I found out it is hard to distinguish the Sympetrum species living in Poland (especially the females).
However I read that the males are very easy to ID - Ruddy Darter is the only species that have entirely black legs .
I have a photo of the male taken in the garden the same day. His legs seems to be black, so it is very posible that the ID is corect.
If I'm wrong let me know. I'm not the D'fly expert yet ;)

Ruddy Darter is quite common species in my region. It takes it's English name from the bright red colour of male and swift flight behaviour.
In Poland it is called Szablak Krwisty what can be translated as Bloddy Sword or something like that.

Females are smaller than males, golden yellow in colour and quite simillar in apearance to other females of Sympetrum sp.

Ruddy darters prefer water bodies with tall emergent vegetation, such as reeds and club rush. They are known to breed in ponds, lakes, canals and ditches.

They appear late in the season, usually towards the end of June and have gone by early September. The mating adults often fly coupled, and perform a dipping flight over the water, the female releasing eggs which the male has fertilised. The larvae spend a year beneath the surface before emerging to hatch into adults.


Now about the photo:
I don't know if I'm right, but I think the yellow flower in BG is very distracting. I tried to change it in PP (blurred, make it less visible etc.), but the results wasn't good (the transparent wings were a big problem), so I decided to post it without changes.
If any of you has an idea how to improve the photo please share or do the WS. I would be very glad to see it.

chiliu, carper, AndyB, Signal-Womb, red45, wallhalla15, lglandon, marhowie, liquidsunshine, PDP, TAZ, Fisher, baudinm has marked this note useful
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Hi Monika,
Very nice POV, very colourful and sharp image, nice framing. I thing the BG a bit too bright, but its nice photo.

Very nice shot Monika !
Good POV and colours are very beautiful.

Nice trying Monika,
the pose is nice, indeed you have right with the yellow here, very good that you see it self, farther is it very differcult to chance,
But I like the capture, very nice job Monika,
gr. Jaap

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-04 5:31]

Hello Monika,
Its a nice capture and you are correct with the ID.
Insects are not very obliging and its never easy to get a great shot with a great background!
I like the POV,the colours are nice and vivid and the composition very good.
Yes,the background is a little distracting but not too bad.
Good work,well done.


Strong colours and nice details Monika, a higher POV would have been best to avoid the distracting BG. I think the composition is a little tight also. Its an interesting capture though. 5/10 Regards Steve.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-04 7:46]

I don't think this flower is dictracting Monika. I think it is very good for composition. Now dragonfly looks like under flowery dome ;-) I must say this is very unusual picture - most photos of dragons are ascetic - single twig, blurred BG. This is probably first photo of dragon sitting on flower ;-) Note is very good as always! Good work!

Not easy to PP the background!
Your shot is realy nice!
TFS, Laurent

Great macro Monika. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details Very good job. WEll done

Great shot Monika! This is well composed in a very pleasing and colorful frame..Very good DOF, details, POV and light. An excellent note. This is a pleasure to view, Well done!

Nice capture Monika
Good sharp detail and good POV. Nicely exposed and good colours. Good composition. The yellow BG flower is only slightly distracting for me, it could me that I like colourful images. I like your frame ;-)
Well captured, thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-04 15:08]

Hello Monika, I'm certain that you are correct on the ID I'm glad you are taking an interest in them and note just taking their photos. The dragonfly is a little soft in focus and the composition is very busy and the dragonfly gets a little lost in there. There are some nice colours in there! Well done.

Wonderful, the perfect shot.
Colours and sharpness excellent.
I like it very much, congratulations
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-08-04 23:33]

Belle présentation, l'exposition et les couleurs font bien ressortir le sujet.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.

I agree that the yellow flower in the background is somewhat distracting. Otherwise it's a beautiful picture. Excellent sharpness and wonderful colors.

Hi Monika, I have added another workshop. If you click on workshop (not Compare) you can see all three of them. Please let me know what you think of the latest one.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-08-05 13:26]

Hi Monika,
Is this a first on Trek N.
A D.fly on a flower? Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Not bad lighting. Excellent work.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-06 3:55]

What a superb female that you have well captured ! She has lovely eyes ;-) Thanks for sharing Monika.

Hi Monika,
This another of your great shot.
As usual, you captured a impressive light and perfectly managed the exposure with a high contrast.
The point of view is very interesting and the composition with the yellow flower in the bottom is very nice.
Bravo !

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