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Glass or Emerald

Glass or Emerald
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-23 4:34
Viewed: 3569
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first picture of this lovely dragonly. I haven't met any of them last year and this year we seem to have a real plague which is great, of course :-)

These shiny fellow cause some troubles when I wanted to find an ID. I know for sure that it belongs to the Corduliidae family. Dragonflies from these group are usually called an Emeralds and if you look at the picture you will surely know why.

As for more close ID, well I think this could be a Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) which is probably the most common Emerald here, but...
When I was searching in internet I found also some pictures of dragons from Somatochlora species that look very similar, so I'm not sure about the ID for 100%.

In Poland Downy Emeralds are called Green Glass dragonlfies. I think I like the English name much better cause it really nicely describe there beauties.

Anyway, back to the ID matter.

I think the eyes caused most troubles. My dragon have quite pale colour of eyes and Downy Emeralds usually have a striking apple green eyes. I guess this can be a juvenile and hence the eyes didn't get the right colour yet. But I also read that juveniles have a brown eyes and my dragon has something between green and brown. Maybe it's on it's way to become an adult soon? I don't really know.

Anyway, I think that whatever it is, this is one of the nicest dragons I've ever seen.

I wanted to show the great metallic colours and structure of it's thorax and head hence the big close-up and tight framing.

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Your macro shots are really wonderful, and this one makes no exception. I love the metallic colors of this dragonfly, very nice. Nice sharp details, good colors and composition, excellent POV and BG. Very well done !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-23 4:54]

Hello Monika,
Excellent macro.It's very close and well detailed.I liked POV,sharpness,colors and composition are wonderful.

This close-up macro of a dragonfly's upper body is beyond description as a nature photograph. Everything is not only crystal clear but also very beautiful to look at.
I particularly like the shades of emerald green on the upper back.
In short, the picture is a masterpiece in every respect.
TFS, Monika.

Wyciskasz ze swojego aparatu chyba 120% mozliwosci. Nastepne swietne zdjecie. Ostrosc w punkt, niesamowite kolory i detale. Gratulacje!

Hello Monika,
this is a great photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness and POV. This is a very nice composition. I like it very much. TFS.

wow, a shiny-green-metallic dragonfly!
excellent macro-shot, monika! :-)
does he glow in the dark? *g*
another amazing job with excellently composed
with superb details and colors.
well done & take care, thor.

Hello Monika,
Great macro shot. Perfect in every aspects. Clearly seen and TFS.

Hi Monika

Congratulations on a fantastic macro. Top marks here! Thanks.

Hi Monika
Here we are again looking one more beautiful photo
Excellent macro,nice colors,details and BG

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-23 6:22]

Hi Monika!
Shinning gem indeed! I like so close POV with focus set on eyes and mettalic green body. Very nice composition, lots of greens also on BG. Interesting note also, agree with you - one of nicest dragons for sure!

Hi Monika,
Another superb macro shot from your camera. Beautiful saturated colors. The detail is intricate and tack sharp. The metallic colors are amazing. You have done a great job here.

Hi Monika,
Excellent closeup work. Very sharp, detailed, with perfect light and color..Lovely metallics seen in the thorax..Very good comp. and POV as well..
Very well done.

Hello Monika, great capture here again, What eals to say but perfect, great Job, TFS Kyle

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-05-23 9:03]

Nice macro Monika, lot of details, very sharp and colorfull picture. Well Done

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-23 10:49]

Hello Monika,
You've got a maximun in macros! Color and details are the insuperable!
José M.

Hi Monika,
wonderful, the metallic colours and the sharpness are wonderful, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-23 13:54]


Piękne makro.
Kapitalny kadr i wykonanie... jak zawsze :-)
Podoba sie bardzo.


Hello Monika,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.
All I really need to say is...Perfect ;)
Thanks for posting, have a great week my friend.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-23 17:43]

Green Glass - good name for this beauty Monika. Congrats on your portrait of him. Great macro, sharp and clear to see. Well done,

Great metallic colours on this one! What a big eyes! This one a new adding to your soft green gallery :-) (Great, beautiful, perfect, interesting) shot! You can chose what you want! but only one of them :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-23 20:59]

Bonjour Monika!

Félicitations pour les détails les couleurs et la netteté.
Merci pour l'envoie.


Another brilliant macro that you have posted. The POV, Composition, DOF and BG are excellent. I believe that the best attribute in this pic is your lighting. It is basically perfect. TFS,

Fantastyczne makro :-) Bardzo dobry kadr, kolory i ostrosc. Coz tu dalej pisac.... ehhh :-)
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-24 17:57]

Hi Monika
great macro shot. Great colours, details, sharpnes and POV. Also good note
Well done


hi monika.
tout simplement impeccable.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-25 11:50]

Hi Monika,
Amazing detail and beautiful colours. The metallic colours on the body are quite amazing, it's like he is wearing some kind of futuristic armour :-) The eye is very interesting, although the detail is pin-sharp it looks blurry, almost as if it has some kind of cover over it. Great shot.

Another nice closeup shot of this dragonfly the metalic effect shows nicely in this. Great job! :)

Bonjour Monika!

Félicitations pour la qualité d'image et l'éclairage qui fait bien ressortir les détails.Bravo pour le BG qui est très joli.
Merci pour l'envoie et au revoir .....JP

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