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Libellula depressa

Libellula depressa
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 10D, 100 macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-04 15:52
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one from the summer archives. It was last year that I went along a lot of ponds to check the reproduction of amphibians. Many ponds has been made in the southern part of my province. This Broad bodied chaser has certainly benfenit from the new waters. This male did what his name suggests. Chased al other males away and in between these hunts, he made sure to have a good overview and rested on this Soft rush (Juncus effusus).

Wiki stuff:
The Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa, is a European dragonfly. The approximate wingspan of the broad-bodied chaser is 70 millimeters. It is active between the months of May and August. It is seen near still-water lakes and ponds. It eats many types of small insects. The female has a brown abdomen with two yellow stripes. The male has a pale blue abdomen. Because of the male's pale blue abdomen, they can be confused with the Black-tailed Skimmer, or the Orthetrum cancellatum. Both the male and female broad-bodied chasers have dark brown, triangular patches at the base of all four wings.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-04 16:08]

Hello Jacob,
A fine capture of one of my favourite species of dragonfly and you present it at such a POV that would make it difficult to have it all sharp, but you have almost achieved this with F8.
Great BG and comp.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Ciao Jacob, splendid macro, great sharpness, wonderful details, veri well done, ciao Silvio

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-04 16:28]

super macro foto
pozdrawiam Marcin

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-04 16:49]

WOW! Excellent shot!
A beautiful libellula, if a bit strange with that fat blue abdomen.
You have got an excellent sharpness and neat background.
Congrats and tfs, Jacob.
Best wishes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-04 17:19]

What a beauty!!!
I wanted so much to find many of these this late summer and fall but didn't quite have any luck. I only found one single male in july, took some pictures (not quite terrific)...but next year it's a must, a chalange...a "vendeta" as Greg would call it :) (BTW, same goes for A. imperator :)) )
Anyway, this here male is a splendor and you captured him in all his beauty.
The POV is really great and shows the charming colors on his back, plus the set of dark triangles on his wings very nicly.
I love the sharp details here and the impeccable blurriness of the BG, too.
A wonderful composition, my friend!
Bravo and TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-04 17:53]

Hi Jacob,
Wonderful macro shot. Superb colour and sharpness. Excellent DOF and POV. Very neat and well composed too. Kudos.

Hi Jacob,
Very nice details on skeleton on the wings. Great sharpness and neat image.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-04 18:38]

Excelente Jacob, perfecto encuadre y nitidez... buenos detalles y composición, perfecto trabajo... saludos

Hi Jacob,
Fine macro capture. Good DOF and exposure with the BG rendered beautifully soft.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-04 20:51]

Hello Jacob,
Very nice capture of these very common but neverthless beautiful species. Excellent details, good control of DOF, well exposed.
Best greetings,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-05 2:44]

I really like that lavender blue abdomen on that dragonfly, Jacob.
It shows up very well against that brownish-green BG.
Excellent sharpness on the body and most of the wings.
The light is just right.
TFS. : )

Hello Jacob,
Excellent pov, dof, and sharpness. Great details and color saturation. With best regards,

Great shot, good POV.
Excellent sharpness and comosition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-05 7:32]

Hello Jacob,
How beautifully composed your picture of this male Libellula depressa.The colours are outstanding, the sharpness perfect.
Best regards

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-05 8:30]

Una bella captura Jacob con buena profundidad que brinda no sólo el foco necesario sino también el perfecto OOF del fondo de la escena.
Los intensos y naturales colores contrastan muy bien con dicho fondo, gracias a la correcta iluminación.
El encuadre es algo centrado, pero es sólo una opinión personal.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful capture Jacob with good depth that not only offers the necessary focus but also perfect OOF of the background of the scene.
The intense and natural colors contrast very well with this bottom, due to the correct illumination.
The framing is something centered, but it is only a personal opinion.
My best greetings... Ricardo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-05 8:51]

Hello Jacob,
Really wonderful close-up of Libellula depressa, an absolute favourite of mine which we don't see too often here! Your capture is razor sharp apart from the tips of the wings which I don't think is disturbing at all and the blue colour against the brownish background looks beautiful.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-01-05 9:48]

Another unusual model and excellent capture with DOF.

Hello Jacob,

Excllent work, Great colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and captured phtoo

TFS Kyle

Hola Jacob,
Excelente la composición y nitidez, el fondo es muy bueno. Un cordial saludo

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-05 14:40]

Hallo Jacob , Een prachtige foto van de libelle , hele mooie compositie en kleuren en vleugels mooie bg , Fijne Avond Teunie .

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-07 2:12]

Hi Jacob

What a lovely clear depiction of this splendid chaser. Maybe it is a little central in the frame, but what the heck, it is beautiful.

I like the top view POV as it shows all the body parts explicitly and with very sharp details. The colours are rich, the BG is splendid and very complimentary to the subject, and the lighting was perfectly controlled.

Great work and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-07 22:37]

Hello Jacob

Super sharp image of this dragonfly.The DOF and POV are well done.The details are sharp and well focused,it looks awesome against the beautiful blurred BG.The colours are vivid.TFS


well composed, exposed. good BG

TFS mario

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