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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dragon-fly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-13 0:50
Viewed: 3709
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The (Sympetrum striolatum) is a kind of darters from the family of the Skimmer Dragonflies (Libellulidae). These are a family of the large spirit dragonflies (Anisoptera). It acts thereby around a medium sized darter with a wingspan of maximally 6.5 centimeters.
Characteristics The large Common Darter reaches wingspans of five to 6.5 centimeters. The head, the chest section (thorax) and the abdomen (Abdomen) of animals are with the male red, colored with the female rather brownish-yellow-red with black design. In addition the thorax carries two bright stripes, which makes a distinction possible to a very similar common darter (Sympetrum vulgatum). They moreover the head carries a black front design, which ends at the eyes, while it pulls itself with the common darters a piece down far on the eyes.

As the third distinguisher the males of the common darter possess one to the end clearly widened abdomen. The legs are black and possess oberseits a red to yellow colouring, which is missing with the likewise similar blood-red heath spirit level (Sympetrum sanguineum). Way of life The large heath spirit level is to be found in the months July until Octobers at standing waters of all kinds, among them also small waters and little dikes males sit frequently somewhat off waters.

The mating and the oviposition take place in the flight, whereby the animals to tandem position over the water or damp bank soil fly. The females strip their eggs by whipping movements of the abdomen at the water surface or the soil. After some minutes the male from the female and this separate put down without the male further eggs. Larva development The larvae slip partly already in the same year after approximately six weeks, a large part wintered however in the egg. They prefer the range on the waters reason or between aquatic plants. Their development takes one year, afterwards the adulten common darters appear.

Let me tell you that this was a translation from a German note. I hope I did it well. About the photo. I have place one trek earth almost the same. Yes almost, because this was the first one of a serie of photos. I saw this darter sitting and try to become closer. There I saw sitting near that darter a fly. I saw the darter looking. The fly flies away, so the darter did also, and in a few seconds the darter was back with the fly in his mouth. So, I made some shots. In the WS
WS PHOTO you can see the fly sitting near the darter. I hope you like the shot.
f6,3, 1/400, macro, distance, 37 cm

red45, willie, Signal-Womb, milloup, marhowie, jhm, touristdidi, gerhardt, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-13 5:12]

Great note Jaap and even better picture. I like details of its wings, eyes and of course great moment you captured.

He looks like a gangster in his glasses :-)
Wonderful photo. Good idea. Interesting note,

Amazing macro with action to boot. great moment captured here Jaap. Very well done

Composition: ***
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ***

Very good close-up, great details.
Well done.

Very good macro Jaap showing impressive details. I like the workshop even more. I always think its great to have a different perspective posted in WS. I would however link the workshop in your note as I almost missed this. Great post.

Nice catch for the both of you, good colours and focus spot on the head and the "action". I think perhaps you ran sharpen a bit too hard, though.

Jaap, A unique POV combined with superb details make this darter fly! Very well done & TFS

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-14 3:05]

Dit was de bedoeling toen u mij zij, de kop laten zien, wel Jaap hier laat u de kop zien en de manier waarop is gewoon groot letterlijk en figuurlijk, weinig mensen weten dat onze natuur zo wonderlijk is.
Mooi werk Jaap.

That is a most incrediable shot, so close! I can see golden parts of the body that are amazing!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-14 15:58]

Well, that was lunch :) The sharpness and composition here is excellent.

Superb work and thanks for posting

WOW, Jaap. This details are unreal. What a close up shot. Fantastic, well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-16 3:35]

Great action macro, Jaap.
Interesting lunch!
An excellent presentation: pictures and a great note.
Thank you very much.

Great macro my friend.
I have seen this before and it's still very good.
Good details, composition and great informative note.
Very well done.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-10 12:56]

Jaap, great macro of this lovely creature. You managed to capture a great momento.

Nice POV and composition. Great job.

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