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Golden mirrors

Golden mirrors
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-12 11:01
Viewed: 3697
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
the Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum.
Well distributed, has benefited from the gravel pits and grazing by cattle which creates bare ground. Only recorded at standing water bodies.

Spotting: Often confused with the Broad-bodied Chaser, the Black-tailed Skimmer is characterised by a blue abdomen in the males with a black tip, orange patterns down the sides and a lack of basal black markings on the hind wings. The confusion with the Broad-bodied Chaser is often made over the colouration, but when observed in their respective habitats, there are clear differences.

This species favours sites with bare, trampled ground. When hunting, they make skimming flights over water, very close to the surface and will clash with other males where their territories meet. They can often be observed flying vertically upwards when "fighting" other males.

Females are seen less often, preferring to spend their time in fields and areas away from the water. Their yellow and black-banding colouration is similar to immature specimens of both sexes, such that it is not reliable to sex an immature in the field.

well season is almost over for my friends the dragonflies. A few will fly till november but most of the new born ones we will see next year. I hope you like this special shot with this beauty.
gr. jaap

wishnugaruda, Fisher, ellis49, red45, wallhalla15, Libor, electra, henrye, Aramok, sAner, scottevers7, marhowie, jhm, Phoki, ddg, dew77, Luc has marked this note useful
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I can't beleave, I've never seen such wings.
The reflection of the light is marvelous, it looks like a wonderful mosaique.
You had the perfect POV, Jaap, it's a beautiful shot, thank you very much.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-12 11:22]

Hi Jaap,
A beauty and well done on the capture and details. The wings are like a mirror, excellent work.


Great macro, Jaap.
As Mike mention, the wings are like mirrors, it's very beautiful. Good POV , well composed and nice colours.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-10-12 12:59]

Wow, Jaap! One of best shots of dragonfly's wings. They looks like stained glass windows. Great POV and details.

Hi Jaap, a very fine macro shot. Excellent detail and good tones of colour. A great capture, very well done.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-12 14:35]

perfect macro shot :o)
Great details !!
good work
regards Libor

Eating Time! Wonderful Macro Jaap, very beautiful shot. I like the wings. Wonderful Details.



Great photo Jaap. I love the interesting composition you chose. The details are great and the reflections on those wings are super!

Hello Jaap!
Fantastic close-up! I would like to look at a mirror of its wings.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2005-10-12 15:35]

the detail in this picture is amazing. The wings are worth it alone. fantastic

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-12 15:40]

Nice closeup Jaap. Good details and great colors. I can't wait to see the macros you will shoot with your new camera and new lens! :) Well done & TFS!


Hi Jaap,
The light reflections on the wings make them look like they are made of glass. What a neat POV. The colors and detail look excellent to me. This is a awesome shot!

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-10-12 16:56]

Hoi Jaap
hihihi dit heb ik nou nog nooit gezien.
Gos, glas en lood vleugeltjes.
Mooi zeg en las ik nu dat je een nieuwe lens hebt ??
Nou voor een nieuwe start geen gek begin :)
wat moet dat gaan nog meer gaan brengen ik wacht ongeduldig af.
groetjes Lia

Very good details and a unique POV Jaap. As others have said, the wings have a very nice mirrored look to them. Thank You.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-10-13 2:10]

Jaap, uw titel geeft letterlijk aan hoe mooi deze foto opnieuw is, een juweeltje maar totaal anders dan anders, een andere hoek bijna een boven aanzicht, wat is onze natuur wonderlijk mooi, en dat de meeste mensen dit niet weten. Jaap wat moet u veel geduld hebben voor die schitterende beelden te maken.

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-10-13 4:16]

Great shot!I like the way the light and the reflections play on the wings!Kiril

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-13 5:51]

Bravo Jaap pour ce shot qui privilégie la mise au point sur l'aile afin de bien mettre en évidence l'effet miroir!! Very well done TFS Didier.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-13 9:20]

Hello Jaap!
Wonderful capture.POV,details,sharpness,colors,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-13 10:09]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Power of evocation in me: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you, Jaap, for sharing a so beautifull picture and for the enjoyment which it gives me.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-13 19:02]

Jaap, this is a very beautiful macro.

Excellent composition, great lighting and pov.

Lovely colors, excellent bg.

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