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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ, 38-380mm built-in
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-24 1:24
Viewed: 4972
Points: 23
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Odonata
Family : Coenagriidae
Genus : Enallagma

Size Wingspan : 38mm
Average body length: 32mm

This species is found around open lakes and ponds, along river and canal banks, and streams, provided there is plenty of bankside vegetation.

Common blue damselflies appear in mid to late May and their flight period lasts right through the summer months to September. Adults live for around 12 days on average and in this short period they must breed. Mating can take up to 20 minutes and the females lay their eggs in the tissue of plants both above and below the water line and are capable of remaining submerged for some time. The male will stay guarding her at the point where she entered the water.

Damselflies and dragonflies spend the greater part of their lives as larvae, sometimes as much as three years. The larvae are predatory hunters, feeding on other water creatures that also lurk amongst the waterweed. When ready to emerge, the larva climbs up a plant stem free of the water and, once the insect’s outer case has dried and split, the final perfect damselfly frees itself from the chrysalis by arching its body backwards. Once free, the adult insect pumps blood into its wing veins until the wings are fully expanded.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-24 1:34]

What a wonderful and interesting photo that you have well done ! The couple of damselflies is small, but is doesn't mind because the composition is so pleasant to see. The green colors and exposure are great !
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Sochirca ! Very beautiful shot of these damselflies ! The composition is wonderful, and this green color is very beautiful. Good details, exposure, DOF and BG. Very well done !

Hej Sochirca
Ladna kolorystyka, ciekawy kadr.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Sochirca,

You have done so well here. I find the picture perfect with no nits, but what I find outstanding is the composition. Well done.


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-06-24 6:01]

Very good composition and colors.

HI Sochirca,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Good macro with solid comp, looks like there dancing among the reeds, nice shot.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-26 5:07]

Bonjour Sochirca!

Félicitations pour cette belle composition. J'ime bien les insectes perdu dans ce grand environnement.
Bravo pour l'éclairage et la netteté.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-27 19:17]

Hi Sochirca
Well sen and captured. Good colours, sharpnes and light.
Well done


Hello Sochirca,
Nice shot! I like the space here. The diagonalblades ofgras in FG look superb too. I just think the composition is too centered and somehow doesn't look good with the portrait framing.
Overall, it's an interesting picture of mating d'flies.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-07 7:28]

Hi Sochirca.
You have captured a very interesting scene. The picture's colours, DOF and POV are great. May be the photo would become even better if to bring a focus a bit more to protagonists by framing. Well done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-20 3:56]

Salut din nou :)
Nu am putut sta mult timp departe fiindca am vazut poza asta excelenta si trebuia sa te felicit pentru ea.
Superba compozitie si fenomenal contrast intre cei doi si absolut totul in rest!
De asemenea culorile sunt foarte frumoase, detaliile curate si clare si lumina (desi puternica in momentul pozei) bine controlata.

Bravo si TFS

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