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Again(st) the sky

Again(st) the sky
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-16 17:50
Viewed: 3536
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dragonflies and damselflies are both insects in the order Odonata and are collectively called 'dragonflies' although only those of the sub-order Anisoptera are 'true' dragonflies, while those of the sub-order Zygoptera are the damselflies.

Odonata means 'tooth jaw' and refer to the serrated mouthparts of these insects. Anisoptera means 'unequal-winged' and refers to the fact that true dragonflies have two pairs of wings, the back ones being shorter and broader than the front. They are strong fliers and may be seen at long distances from water. At rest, they usually hold their wings straight out from their bodies. The eyes are very large, and usually touch each other at the center.

Zygoptera means 'yoke-winged' and refers to the fact that damselflies, which also have four wings, usually have all four wings the same shape and size. They fly only weakly, so they are usually seen near water. When at rest, they hold their wings folded back along their bodies.

There are stories that dragonflies only live for one day, but that is not true - most likely people are confusing stories about mayflies (which may only live a few days in their adult stage, though they live much longer as larvae). Mayflies are not closely related to dragonflies and damselflies, they have only two wings. For some dragonflies, the full life cycle from egg to adult may last as long as 6 or 7 years, though they only live a few months as adults.

Dragonflies start out their lives as eggs, usually laid in the water. These eggs hatch into free swimming larva, sometimes called nymphs, which feed primarily on bloodworms and other aquatic larvae. These nymphs will go through several stages of development, shedding its skin as it grows, until at last (several weeks to several years later, depending on the species) it moults a last time and emerges from the water as an adult dragonfly. The adults eat mostly smaller flying insects, like midges and mosquitoes. Some of the larger species will even eat smaller dragonflies and damselflies.(www.ajmorris.com/science/notes/dragonfly.htm)

ISO: 50
Post process on Photoshop CS2
Sharpness through Intellisharpen II (www.fredmiranda.com)

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  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-16 17:51]

Extremaly hard to shot with proper lightning but you did it very well with your flash Livio. Great composition and pose, blu sky looks perfect.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-16 18:00]

Hi Livio, I like it alot. The POV is excellent and I love the composition and the light on the wings. Very well done.

The wings look so delicate, Livio. A very interesting POV as it shows the whole body of the dragonfly and all the wings. I also like the cloud border :-) Very nicely done! Are you using a Canon that is the next generation of the S1/S2?

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-16 18:33]

Olŕ Livio. I love the way this dragonfly is deploying her wings on this one. Fantastic POV. The blue sky BG is beautiful. It must have been difficult to get the right exposure here, but you did great. The details are very sharp as well. Congratulations and TFS. : )

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-08-16 18:58]

nice shot Livio, I like the composition, great sharpness and blu sky.

Hi Livio,
A great POV. I really like this unique angle you have used here. The exposure is great. Nice Work!

Very good shot Livio,
Good detail and awesome POV. Nicely exposed. Well composed. good framing, good colours, excellent notes & Well captured, thanks for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-17 4:32]

Hello Livio!
Very nice capture against the blue sky.Lighting,colors,details,sharpness,POV and composition are excellent.TFS..:-)

Excellent POV, Livio!
Very good colour and details, great background.

Hi Livio!
As always - PERFECT!

Hello Livio, I like it! Perspective is everything and this has a dramatic one. Very well composed, I like the clouds far right the dragon is looking into..The light, colors, details and DOF are great, Very well done!

Hello Livio!
Wonderful macro.Sharpness,POV and details are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-08-17 17:08]

Hi Livio. Dobra kompozycja i wspaniale wyszło niebo. Fotka robi wrażenie.

Hello Livio,

I very much like this photo, and the angle from which you took it.

Your image is sharp, colors are lovely, BG is good, and overall this is a perfect capture to my eye.

I am beginning to grow quite fond of these creatures, and look for them whenever I get the opportunity.

Well done, and thank you for sharing.


very differcult shot livio,
I like the result, the composition is nice and the contrast is good, the pov is nice, very good job.
gr. Jaap

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