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Too Fragile

Too Fragile
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best of Canon S2-IS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-25 8:45
Viewed: 3243
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Quick shot from todays walk to Botanic Garden. I was hunting for dragon- and damselflies around small pond. Weather wasn't as good as I expected - cloudy sky, only small spots of blue. Everytime I was going to capture something Sun appeared/dissapeared and shot was bad. However after maybe hour I took few pictures which aren't so bad :-) This one is first from serie - small gem from Lestidae family.

Lestidae is a rather small family of cosmopolitan, large-sized, slender damselflies. They are of the order of the dragonflies (Odonata) and are commonly known as "Spreadwings."

While most damselflies rest with their wings folded together, most members of the family Lestidae hold them at an angle away from their bodies. The pterostigma (a single dark spot in the meshwork of the leading edge near the tip of each wing) is noticeably elongated. The quadrilateral (a part of the wing venation, close to the body) has an acute angle at the end. The body has a greenish metallic shine. The superior anal appendages, commonly called claspers (body parts of male insect for clasping the female during copulation) of male spreadwings are long and strongly curved.

Usefull links:

http://www.wigry.win.pl/makrofauna/66.htm - key [in Polish, but very good]
http://www.odenews.org/imLestidae.htm - very nice key with images

ellis49, cataclysta, uleko, mirceax, Silke, marmottelolo, Janice, LordPotty, jlynx, Silvio2006, marhowie, Kathleen, coasties, hester, Argus, meyerd has marked this note useful
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-25 9:00]

Hello Grzegorz,
you captured and present the damselfly in an attractive way. There are no distractive elements. The insect stands out clearly and the eyes become prominent by their intense blue colour. A beautiful composition.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Greg,
this is a beautiful picture with great composition, very nice lighting and beautiful colours.
Good sharpness and details.
Well done, my friend.

Czesc Grzesiu
Piekna swieza fotka. Prosto z naszego ogrodu botanicznego. Eleganckie swiatlo i ladne czarne tlo
i oczywiscie swietna notka :-)

czesc Grzegorz,

Very nice capture of this dragonfly, well colored and sharp, I like it

Hi Grzegorz,

This is immaculate. Incredible DOF, I like it very much. Well done.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-25 10:32]

hi GW,
a super picture.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-25 11:39]

Hello Grzegorz,
This is a really beautiful and very sharp capture of Lestes sponsa in a fine pose. Excellent DOF, beautiful colours and the black background works really well here.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Grzegorz,
Lovely presentation of this damselfly , The fine composition and the colours are great.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-25 14:23]

Outstanding details and colours and perfect composition against the ideal background to show off this beauty

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-25 19:09]

Hola Grzegorz,
excelente macro,
magnífica perspectiva y pov,
nitidez e iluminación,

bonjour grzegorz
superbe,la profondeur de champs est impeccable,la couleurs des yeux est magnifique,encore une belle reussite.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-26 0:54]

Nice shot and you have very nicely kept the title. Lovely focus and well framed shot.Ganesh

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-26 1:17]

WOW! Greg, this looks great - like a painting. I love the colours of your fragile Lestidae and she is so sharp. Excellent focus and strong details - well done

Wow Gregzz ... this is szupercool!
Sztunning capture of this colourful damselfly.
Its sztill too cold here but soon we will have some summer inszecstz to photograph.
Good work.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2007-08-28 7:06]

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Widzę, że przede mną wielka góra wiedzy i umiejetności do zdobycia w zakresie makro. Patrzę na Twoje fotografie i zastanawiam się: jak ten facet to zrobił... Bardzo dobra fotografia, świetna jakość i ładna kompozycja kadru. Jest się czego uczyć!

Hi Grzegorz, splendid macro of this tiny damselfy with lovely details, great colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-08-31 23:57]

bardzo ladne ujecie, cala postac owada ostra, swietna jakosc. Dobra robota.
Pozdr. Aleksander

Beautiful Greg.
Very nice work mf :)

Hi Grzegorz.
Stunning image. The lighting and exposure is superb with great sharpness and detail.


Hi Greg

Wow...... simply magnificent! :-)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-09 4:44]

Hi Grzegorz

This is a beauty, it certainly looks fragile. The dark BG sets of the pale colours wonderfully. Nice light and perfect framing. Wonderfully clear sharp details as well



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-09 10:09]

Hello Grzegorz,
I have tried several times to get as good a shot as this of Lestes sponsa but have not yet succeeded. This one has good sharpness throughout and excellent lighting, composition and contrasting dark BG.
Well done and TFS!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-09-23 11:15]

Hi Grzegorz,
it's definitely a beauty. Wonderful to look at. Perfect lightingWell done!
My est regards,

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