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The forest warden

The forest warden
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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: 2006-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The best photo on TN? [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-02 15:23
Viewed: 4144
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
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Generalities of Calopterygidae

This family is composed of three subfamilies: Caliphaeinae (the clearwings), Calopteryginae (demoiselles), and Hetaerininae (the rubyspots mainly). Most calopterygid males can be distinguished by the absence of pterostigmae while females have white spots named pseudostigmae instead of pterostigmae. Both sexes have strikingly iridescent metallic body colors (particularly at young and not too old stages) with some species bearing unique male wing pigmentation patterns. It is a well-distributed family both in temperate and tropical habitats and males are very active in sunny conditions. It has 16 genera with approximately 161 species. Our knowledge of the evolution and ecology of these animals comes, unfortunately, mainly from only three genera – Hetaerina, Calopteryx and Mnais - and, therefore, a few species (possibly not more than 16).

I found this info HERE, where there is a very interesting read about this insects.

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/125 sec. - Manual exposure - Diffuse flash - Handheld

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Hi Felipe,

I opened this photo up to get a better look and scrolled down to be presented with what is surely alien bug! A very strange looking thing indeed.

You have caught this in an interesting way, at first I was convinced there was way too much space above him, but looking at it again and again I think it conveys where this thing lives, the BG is blurred but not so we can't recognise it. Perhaps a little recomposing would set it off better but not too much.

The flash has pulled detail out on the bug but has also caused some light to bounce back off those shimmery body parts, the shiny leaf hasn't been done too many favours either.

But good job overall and well done for getting my attention with this photo I think I like it!


Precioso y original punto de vista. Sencillamente genial esta presentación. Qué lujazo poder disfrutar de esta imagen.
Muchas gracias.
Saludos, JL.

hello felipe,
very nice shot,
i liked the way you have composed the shot,
very sharp image,
excellent pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-03 4:34]

What a character this fellow is, and he's sitting on a fern too. Excellent composition Felipe and Cristina, and the blurred BG makes the forest warden stand out even more. TFS

Hola Felipe,
Me parece una toma con un encuadre muy original, la sorpresa es cuando se abre la imagen y ver la composición y nitidez conseguidas, enhorabuena. Un cordial saludo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-03 7:34]

Hola Felipe/Cristina,
De toda la serie de vistas frontales, quizás esta sea la mejor.
La composición ortodoxa y atractiva, el fondo semiborroso, atractivo, misterioso e inquietante, el cuerpo oculto que desfigura la libélua (o caballito) hasta convertirla en un par de ojos sobre un pentápodo de garras... ¡Qué fuerza!
Saludos, José M.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-03 7:41]

Hi Felipe,
Quelle apparition! On dirait un extra-terrestre.
Image surprenante et originale. Bien vu.
Meilleures salutations

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-04 5:01]
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Hi Filipe

This is another splendid and very interestng shot from you!
The frontal POV here is great and it gave you room to make this wonderful and rather unique composition.
The details are crispy clear and the colors are lovely, but what i relly like the most is the lighting - very good flash control and illumination on the damsel, but also keeping a very good idea of what's in the BG.
Splendid work!

Bravo and TFS

PS: for out of curiosity: how come you didn't shoot this with the Canon? :)

Hello Felipe, your gallery is like a box of chocolates. I don't know which one to reach for.. Well this is simply brilliant! Great composition and effective DOF. Excellent photography!!

This shot is a great one!
The sharpness of the subject is amazing and the background stupendous.
Nothing but good words for this one.
The POV and composition are the best ones.
The title of the picture is the best and I think it is the most appropriate.
This goes to favourites and could this be The best photo on TN?. From my part it is!
It has it all! Beautiful, meaningful background, great details, great colors, great composition, shows good skills in controling the light in difficult conditions!!!

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