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"A Tiny little fellow"

Photo Information
Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Micro Nikkor AF60mm f2.8
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Korean Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-27 15:10
Viewed: 6085
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
* Nannophya pygmaea Ramber,1842
(= Tiny dragonfly, Northern Pygmyfly, Scarlet Dwarf)

* Total length: 14 ~ 17 mm (Larva: 7 ~ 9 mm)

* Wingspan : only 20 mm

* Range: from Southeast Asia to China, Korea and Japan

TN friends, I'm posting the photo of the smallest dragonfly in the world. Their length is only around 15mm and live in shallow marsh, swamp and bog. In South Korea, they are found very rarely and protected by law in present time, so we can't catch them, even larva. When I met them first time, I was very happy and impressed deeply because it's very rare species in my country and the first meeting with them is so amazing to me. :-)
While I was shooting them, It's observed the scene that robberflies were hunting them frequently. I was very upset and angry at that time, and I made the robberflies fly away by using some fallen tree branch. :D)
Anyway, it was very wonderful opportunity to meet them for me and photographed them for a long time. :-)

Thanks for looking and I hope you like it. (^_^)v

This little dragonfly has a pure and deep red colour on body and was taken on a cloudy day, so maybe the saturation is a bit strong. It's also cropped and resized, levels, USM and NR in photoshop.

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To kristies: Thanks, Kristyundoredo 1 10-27 17:13
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-27 15:13]

Hola Kevin,
hermosa macro,
color y excelente foco...

What a great looking insect !
Excellent sharpness and DOF here very good composition to

Thank you fore sharing

Greetz Kristy
I am wondering why I can not see the camera-information ??

hI Kevin
great macro shot very well focused
beauty colors and details

regards sERGIO

In my opinion, you are the last word so far as the nature photography on dragonflies is concerned, Kevin. It is just perfect -- both artistically and rationally.
For instance, the head and especially the double-toned eyes of this cute little insect give the best possible impression of its unique physical appearance. Other than that, the full image is like a beautiful haiku poem.
It is just 5.30 in the morning in India while I look at your image and record my reaction.
What a great beginning to a day, and I thank you for it, Kevin!

Great Shot!! Beautiful insect. I love Dragonflies. Really nice color.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2007-10-28 0:02]

Hi Kevin,
very good colors and details here. lovely pose.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-28 2:13]

Hello Kevin,
Wow, this is fantastic! How lucky you are to have seen this tiny dragonfly and to have photographed it!! It is very beautiful and your capture excellent with great focus on the eye and fine details. The colour is stunning too and it really stands out against the soft green background. Thanks a lot for showing us this!
Best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-28 2:31]

Hello Kevin,
This portrayal of the World's smallest dragonfly is a great contribution to TN! Even if this shot is over three years old it was worth taking from your archives to show us. The POV shows the front part of this little one very sharply and well and the composition is excellent.
Well done and thanks for sharing this remarkable image.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-28 2:52]

Hello Kevin,
Beautiful insect, great POV & composition
Great Shot!

hello kevin,
lovely shot, liked the pov, the colours are well saturated, green bg offers good contrast to the colourful insect, well composed shot,
liked the way you have framed the shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-28 10:49]

Hi Kevin,
Excellent macro. Perfect sharpness on head and wing & very well done DOF. Lovely vivid colours...
Nice frame too.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-28 12:58]

Hello Kevin, that's a super macro ! Very sharp on the head, great background and very good pose. Thanks !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-28 18:41]

Hello Kevin

The colours are beautiful in this shot.The red is amazing.Well focused with excellent detail and sharpness.The shot is well composed with an excellent POV and DOF.TFS


Good attempt Kevin,
The detail/DOF I would be looking for is absent, but overall a pleasing image.

Hi Kevin,

I never saw one of this color. Excellent one, great details too.



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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-18 8:05]

Hello Kevin,
Nice shot. Good colors and composition!

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