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Who eats who?

Who eats who?
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Magnificent Macros, posts with a difference [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-27 8:57
Viewed: 5523
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I could not leave this beauty in the forest without trying one of my favourites POV, a frontal view.
Further info about this one in my previous shot.

Who eats who?

The life cycle of a Dragonfly varies from species to species. In its naiad form a Dragonfly or Damselfly can live anywhere from months to a few years in the water. Habitats range from rivers to ponds and even bogs. Odonates eat water dwelling insects. Dragonfly naiads also eat tadpoles.

They shed their naiad shell and sit for many hours waiting for their bodies to expand. Blood flows into the wings and during this stage they are in great danger of being eaten by frogs and other creatures. Ironically Odonates eat tadpoles as naiads then risk being devoured by frogs later in their life cycle.

I found this info in outdooradventurecanada.

Hope you like!

F:5.6 - 1/125 - Manual exposure - Flash - Handheld

marhowie, ddg, mario-roberto, navnith, horia, elefantino, Hil, wallhalla15, hekcik, liquidsunshine, slrnovice2, mogens-j, Alex99, firelord has marked this note useful
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Perfect POV & sharpness.It's already gone into my favorites.TFS.

Hi Felipe,

Good to see a frontal POV of the damselfly. Excellent shot and well done on the composition. It's a beauty.


Hi Felipe,
Perfect! Damsel headshots don't get any better than this :) No words..just let me sit and stay awhile ;)
Very Well Done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-27 9:23]

Bonjour Felipe, excellent POV with a lot of details and perfect colors too. It's very good this shot! Didier.

beautiful shot

Hi Felipe,
Excellent POV and sharpness.

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-07-27 10:08]

cette insecte est magnifique
les couleurs aussi et très bons détails

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-27 10:09]

Splendid shot, Filipe!
The sharpness and details are stunning and so id the DOF. Amazing!
Lovely colors, excellent POV and great framing. All-im-all a SUPER shot.
A big Bravo and TFS

Hello, nice POV and great compo.
Good colors and details on the focused area.
Great blurred BG.


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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-07-27 11:06]

Buenas a los dos, un punto de vista de lo más original y curioso. El colorido es fantástico. Un saludo.

Bravo pour cette prise de vue! C'est vraiment impressionnant de la voir comme ça si proche et de face. J'adore le DOF et la composition, les détails et l'éclairage, très réussi!

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-27 12:01]

Hi Filipe,
Superb image you posted here!
very good details and colors, POV and BG are beautifull!! deserves more than 2 points..
keep going and TFS!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-07-27 12:56]

it's a beauty Felipe,
a great close up, a perfect one, great pov and a marvelous dof, fantastic job, my compliments for it.
gr. jaap

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-07-27 12:58]

Hello Felipe,
What a great macro shot, so full of details, very nice colors.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-27 13:27]

Hello Felipe & Cristina

Nice POV, I love his face, nice colours & details, Great Shot

TFS Hilary

Very nice shot and realy sharp.
Posted a shot almost the same as yours but with a red Damselfly. Check it out by clicking my name and then view my posts.
I like your more than mine it seems more sharp and crisp. Sorry but i dont like the frame you have added, frames spoil shots for me.

Un gros plan terrible..à faire peur!
Belle réalisation

I love it! Wonderful POV, great DOF and excellent composition. Great details too. TFS!

Hello Felipe,
this is an excellent shot! Fantastic POV, great sharpness, colours and composition. Thank you for sharing with us m.f..

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-27 16:42]

Absolutely fantastic, Felipe
Love the frontal POV.
Incredible details and gorgeous colors. That blue head is magnificent.
TFS. : )

Excellent macro Felipe,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-28 5:52]

Hola Felipe,
Esta toma frontal de libélula ya no se puede mejorar y establece la perfección en el sentido estricto de la palabra(1): enfoque, color, simetría, contacto visual, representación del carácter de un depredador, fijación del interés sobre la mirada,... ¡Bravo!
Un saludo,
José M.
(1) Que tiene el mayor grado posible de bondad o excelencia en su línea.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-28 17:27]

Hi Felipe,

Excellent eye contact and interesting DOF.
I like it. Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-29 6:42]

Si vas a empezar a competir con super macros conmigo, deberé tomar venganza y comenzaré a publicar fotos de hongos.
Veo que le has podido sacar mucho jugo a tu nuevo equipo Felipe.
La nitidez en los ojos y boca de esta libélula es realmente impresionte, más con el efecto difuso logrado por la apertura que elegiste.
Gran captura.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: *****
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Note: ***

Oops... :) mañana

Hi Felipe. I saw this shot the other day and didn't have time to critique it. I hope you'll take it as a measure of my appreciation for this shot that I've paged through all the gallery to find it again! It's just lovely. That DOF and sharpness is awesome, the pose is fantastic and the BG is the icing on the cake. Brilliant shot :)

Excellent macro shot Felipe. Perfect dof to set off the details in the head. Fantastic sharpness and very good and natural colours. I really love the composition too. Yuo did an excellent job here - really a second to none.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-30 7:44]

Hi Felipe.
You have found fine contact with this insect. There is an impression, that it studies you. Let so. All of us, spectators, is won form it. Great macro. Bravo.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-03 10:17]

Wow!! What a great macro this is. So close and such radient colors. Amazing. Good POV and composition too. Well done & TFS!


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-14 16:08]

Hi Felipe
Great composition. Great colours, sharpnes, light and POV.
Well done Felipe


Wow! Another wonderful pose and capture from these ET looking damsels. Superb sharpness on the eye and all face which is so hard to get!

Hola Felipe!
Esta es una de las mejores capturas de libelulas que he visto!
La nitidez es increible igual que el POV y colores.
Saludos, Shir

I must say I envy to you........this is just great!!!! no more words needed, just take a look....pict tells everything...salute!


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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-19 6:02]


It's really impressive. TFS.


This is really a fantastic full frontal view. The green surrounding makes a good contrast with the blue fly. Well captured

amazing POV and sharpness, TFS Ori

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