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Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Pyrrhosoma nymphula
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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: 2005-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-20 4:46
Viewed: 3682
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This specie was not in my gallery, so I decided to include it.

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Widespread and common. Adult flight period extends from late April to August. Pyrrhosoma nymphula is the earliest Odonata species on the wing, appearing in warm Springs in late April. It is found in most habitats except for the most exposed sites. It has a preference for small acidic pools and is able to persist on many very dry sites that have become unsuitable for other Odonata. It is also quick to colonise newly created ponds.


A large and robust red damselfly with extensive dark markings
Black markings on upper surface of abdomen towards the apex
Some females are almost entirely black on the upper surface of the abdomen (form melanotum)

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/125 - Manual exposure - Handheld

uleko, hansh, RAP, marhowie, horia, red45, hester, liquidsunshine, slrnovice2, Luciano75, hekcik, Alex99, Fisher, phlr, eruyanik, musin1002 has marked this note useful
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Bravo! Its eyes looks evil :)! Very good details and great composition. I like this POV and DOF! Well done :) TFS,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-20 5:01]

Hallo Felipe,
excellent point of view with good sharpness. Nice colours and composition, too. Damselfly body and leafs in the background are in parallel.
Best wishes,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-20 5:18]

Hola Felipe,
Aparte de la nitidez y el color -que son inmejorables- la pose da a esta libéluda una gran personalidad y agresividad. Magnífico punto de vista que reta la mirada de este depredador.
Me gusta mucho la composición, con el centro de masas en la derecha y el punto de apoyo en izquierda.
Un saludo, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-20 5:55]

Just brilliant and nicely framed!
Great, thanks, Ulla

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-08-20 6:20]

Hello Felipe.
You captured this damsel in a beautiful wat. All details of the head are good to see. He looks a bit angry but this sepcies always do. Very nis picture, well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans


This picture of the damselfly is fantastic. You have done this really well. The composition is perfect. Very good picture. Well done.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-20 8:56]

Hola Felipe...

+ composición, encuadre, DOF, nitidez, colorido, POV, notas.
= iluminación, fondo.

Un fuerte abrazo... Ricardo

Hello Felipe,
Excellent red color! Very nice DOF, sharpness, detail, exposure, POV, and framing. That BG is just awesome as well :)
Very well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-20 9:17]

Hi Filipe

What a splendid shot! Absolutely remarcable!
I really have to ask you how do you make this type of frame. It really looks fantastic!
Also great POV, super sharp details, lovely colors and DOF. A very nice composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-20 14:24]

Hi Felipe!

Surprising POV :-) I love composition. Red damsel, sharp stalk of grass and blurred leaves of fern on BG. Superb. I'm not 100% sure about frame :-)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-20 14:57]

Great POV - it looks quite scary like this. It is almost like something out of a horror movie. Perfect sharpness and colours as well.

Hi you two,
this damsel looks very agressive - perhaps the red colour - and this POV - it's wonderful.
Excellent sharpness and good contrast, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Felipe,

excllent shot
Great colors,fantastic sharpness

Gr Thijs

This is a great capture Felipe,
And it really deserves a place in your impressive gallery
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed good framing and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Felipe, well done on getting so much of this damselfly within the DOF. It's a lovely pose and POV and the background suits it perfectly. Colours and sharpness are both great, it's a lovely image. Well done, I'm glad you decided to include it :)

great shot of this damsel,great sharpness,colours,POV and composition...the BG is awesome too...TFS
best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-21 7:31]

Hi Felipe.
It's really superb picture. I am amazed by its colour palette, composition, lighting and details. Appearance of the shot and comments very well. TFS and my best regards.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-08-21 11:16]

Hi Felipe

Beautiful specimen, colorful, details, DOF, POV, composition, excellent work.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-08-21 12:08]

Excellent close-up Felipe and Cristina!
Perfect view of the insect's head!
Very good DOF!
A 5* photo!
Keep on going and TFS!

Hello Felipe, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF, perfect colors and details, Very crisp, , excllent work, TFs Kyle

Just perfect Felipe! Damsels are really hard subjects to showing beautifully. But you presented this strange and beautiful one! Really an impressive work! Colours, sharpness, bg, framing and the frame you chose all are great. Superb pov and composition here. dof is incredible despite your pov.
Ugly face with bloody eyes :-) Completely beautiful!

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-08-23 13:29]

Hi Felipe,

Excellent shot and presentation.
Very good sharp, colors and composition.
Great BG and POV.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

Hi Felipe and Cristina...

Honestly speaking I rarely even never have seen this kind of dragonfly, very beautiful coloration it has. And what amazed me is the angle you took...it is a challenge for me to take a sharp, detail and good DOF created photograph with this angle. I normally took a plain angle. Bravo for this lovely image...!


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