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Large Red Damselfly


Large Red Damselfly
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-15 11:46
Viewed: 3549
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was following the danse of this nice damselflies over a little pond with my camera. A couple like this one went on the pond and the male was flying, catching the female on her neck when she deposed the eggs under the water. Suddenly coming from the shadow, a green frog jump and eat the couple. Unfortunetely, I was not so fast to catch the scene. You can see this hungry frog on the WS.

The Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) is a European damselfly. It is one of the most common damselflies, often the first to emerge, usually in April or May.
It inhabits ponds and dykes, and occasionally slow-moving rivers. (Wikipedia)

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Je suivais avec mon appareil photo la danse de ces jolies demoiselles sur une petite mare. Un couple comme celui-ci est venu sur la mare, le male volait sur place tenant la femelle au cou, pendant qu'elle déposait ses oeufs sous la surface de l'eau. Soudain, une grenouille verte a surgit depuis l'ombre et a mangé le couple. Je n'ai malheureusement pas été assez rapide pour prendre la scène. Mais vous pouvez voir la grenouille affamée dans le WS.

La petite nymphe au corps de feu ou Agrion au corps de feu (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) est une demoiselle européenne commune. C’est l’une des premières à apparaître au printemps, en avril ou mai.
Elle vit autour des étangs et mares, occasionnellement près des rivières au cours lent.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-15 12:19]

Bonsoir Catherine,

Très belle capture de ce couple de demoiselle. J'aime beaucoup la composition. Très bonnes netteté et couleurs. Avec la pluie que l'on a ce soir, je ne sais pas si il sera possible d'aller les chasser photographiquement demain.
Bonne soirée,
Mariki

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-05-15 13:00]

Lovely composition. Exquisite details and colors.

TFS, Catherine!

Ishi

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-15 13:29]

salut Catherine,
très belle macro, la lumière est très présente avec une couleur rouge qui se détache bien le l'ensemble vert.

gl

Hello Catherine

This is a very well focused picture of these mating (almost)damselflies. Well focused with excellent details on the damselflies. A well blurred background to set them off. Colours look very natural and vivid. You did almost everything right and though I wish you had turned your camera just a little to the right so the space infront of the damselflies was larger that the space behind.

apart from that little nit it is indeed a very good picture.
Mogens

Hello Catherine
What a wonderfl scene you captured,
Perfect exposure ,composition and BG.Welldone.

Regards
Fartash

Hi Catherine

Oh what a great time to get eaten!!, but that's nature I suppose.

Great shot of the mating couple. Good composition on a good OOF background.

Chris

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-15 15:11]

Salut Catherine,cette fois tu as de la chance a trouver cette couple! Une qualite' excellente et une lumiere fantastique,tres interessantes tes notes comme toujours,mes compliments,Luciano

Hallo Catherine,
Heel scherpe foto en mooi verhaal. Mooie dood toch wel:-)
TFS
Annick

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-05-15 22:22]

Wow, Catherine.
I love the composition on this one...
and the story to go with it.
Excellent sharpness on both damselflies.
Excellent DOF.
Well saturated colors.
I guess you immortalized this couple at their happiest hour. : )
Nature at its best.
Merci pour le partage.

bonjour catherine
je dirait juste bravo!!!
c'est petite demoiselle ne se laisse pas souvent approcher,bon là il est vrai qu'elles sembles tres occupées et que le sigma permet de rester a bonne distance tout en obtenant de tres bon resultats.
laurent

it is nice Catherina,
the pov is good the quality can be done better and the dof is good. I have also this lens and a tip to you is the experiment I did made with this lens with the 58mm close up lens 500d from canon. you can put it fore the 70- 300 and the result is very nice from thes two together. I would say look to my archive and look to a few shots I took with it, farther good photojob, have a nice weekend.
gr. jaap

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-16 9:42]

Hi Catherine. Well she laid her eggs thats one thing. I like the DOF in the one. good detail and colours. You have been able to keep the Damseliflies and the grass in focus. well done tFS.
Nick..

Le 400D, c'est une acquisition récente, non ? Tes dernières photos sont d'une qualité remarquable.
Antoine.

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