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Chewing on a fly

Chewing on a fly
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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: 2006-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The predator with the Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-12 3:59
Viewed: 5007
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A damselfly eating small white fly.

I guess the damselfly can be a female of Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans). I'm not sure though.
As for the "meal" I have absolutly no idea what can it be.
Last summer these little flies were everywhere on water plants in my pond. They must have been very tasty cause many times I've seen either damselflies or dragonflies eating them.

I have only few decent pictures though because damselflies were either shy or they were sitting in some "difficult" places. I had luck with this one. She choose a sunny cattail leaf and wasn't too eager to fly away.
The original picture shows whole damselfly. I decided to crop it though to get closer view of the head.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-12 4:05]

Bella macro, colores y compo. luminosa escena y agradable bg. un magnífico trabajo... saludos, Monika.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-12 4:19]

Hi Monika

This is a splendid capture...both yours and the damselfly's ;)
The side POV is really great here and gives a good insight of the meal of the damsel, too.
I really like the rather shallow DOF here, that completly isolated the subject(s) here from the BG, blurring it totally and giving it a nice, monochromatic look.
The details are impeccably clear and sharp, the natural colors are lovely and very wel saturated and the lighting is excellent.
I think you did well to crop from the original...this way all the attention is cocentrated on the feeding of the damsel :)
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

hello MONICA
trs jolie ta prise de cette DEMOISELLE , les couleurs métal sont bonnes, dommage qu'il lui en manque un petit bout mais pas facile!!!
amitiès et merci

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-12 4:55]

Hi Monika

Munch, munch, what an appetising meal for such a flamboyant little damselfly.

While it is always nice to see either the complete insect or just a portrait of one I think you actually did well with this POV and composition. The old question of where to cut or crop obviously played a major role in your taking and optimisation of this photo. As said, I think your discretion work well. It is clear that the lady is a hunter and she got what she wanted.

The colours are splendid and correctly saturated. All the details are clear and well defined. The BG is superb and utterly pleasing on the eye and the exposure sure took neat control of the available lighting.

Great work and TFS.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-01-12 5:44]
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Hello Monika, great shot of the damsel eating a bug...I'm not sure what the bug is either but you are correct with the specific information on the damsel but this is no lady, it's a boy :-) You can tell as the sexual organs are visible on the underside of the second segment of the abdomen.

The photo is well composed and the details look fine. I wonder again if there is a bit of a yellow cast?

Well done.

The damselfly is obviously enjoying its meal and you have captured it in your usual immaculate way, Monika.
When it comes to technicalities involved in a macro shot, you set very high standards in your pictures. Something to emulate and not be just envious about.
The two-tone BG is just perfect.

Hello Monika,
This is a good capture of this insect eating another. Before being a member here I was sure that Damselflies were vegetarians :-) I never thought that they could eat insects too. I love this close crop and those excellent details, colors and composition. This is a very one! Thanks,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-12 6:13]

Clara, nítida y bien captada macro Monika con intensos colores, bien contrastados sobre el fondo difuso de la escena.
Me gustan los detalles que se destacan del insecto y su presa con interesante punto de vista y bien encuadrado.
Buen control de la luz, evitando sobre exposición o reflejos indeseables.

Clear , razor sharp and well captured macro Monika with intense colors, very contrasted on the diffuse bottom of the scene.
I like the details that stand out of the insect and their prey with interesting point of view and well framed.
Good control of the light, avoiding over exposure or undesirable reflections.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-12 6:36]

Hello Monika,
Excellent capture of this damselfly, razor sharp showing clear details and lovely colours. Beautiful background colour and a very nice composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Monika,
Very good sophisticated image.
Nice compo and great sharpness
Well done

Hi Monika,
I like your choice of composition by cropping in here. The photo has excellent detail. Quality light and a spot on exposure have rendered some beautiful colors. Great OOF backround!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-12 7:20]

Hi Monika!

Beautifull, green damselfly in very nice composition. Big eyes look great, different shades of green, structure of wings and last but not least captured moment - they're all excellent. I'm glad that you founded time to post this beauty, my friend!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-12 7:29]

Hello Monika,
You caught an interesting and wonderful shot. You and the sigma are a good team !
The "+++" : subject, chewing moment, point of view, exposure, sharpness, DOF, nice blurred background, colors...
The "-" : nothing...
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing.

Hello Monika.
This is a great closeup of the action.
Excellent color and sharp details. You did very good job PP IMHO as well :)
Very well done & have a great weekend!

Hello Monika,
An excellent macro here of this demselfly.
I like a lot details got on the insect, their wing's structure and color saturation.
Composition is a very good one, I like the vertical branch and the pose and crop of the insect to construct it.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-12 9:34]

Hi Monika.
I like your nice close-up picture very much. Crisp sharpness, great details on the beautiful (amazedly blurred and coloured) BG make a strong esthetic impression. Captured moment and composition are outstanding. Exposure, soft lighting and contrast of your picture are prefect too. BRAVO and my congratulations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-12 9:37]

Hello Monica,
Your shot certainly tolerated a closer crop to produce this fine close macro. It is sharp and well presented and you are right to think that this is a female. The meal will have to remain a mystery but looks like some species of hoverfly.
Well done!
Best wishes, Ivan

Nice picture, with good light and beautiful gradients and colour combination and saturation. Good details and clearness too. You decided well cropping, I like it this way.
Thanks, Felipe.

Hello Monika,
I add my praise here. As for the prey, according to my lights it could be a homopteran, but definitely not a fly. I guess it's a member of the Jassidae family (->hindleg bristles and the long green wings in rooflike position), Thamnotettix or Elymana?
EWWhatever, the high uality shot remains.
Cheers, Dietrich

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-12 12:57]

Hi Monika,
Lots of beautiful things here, but eyes are marvellous. Colors, details, pov, background, composition are outstanding!
TFS, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-12 14:17]

Hello Monika,
Wondeful action close up.I liked POV,moment you caught,details,colors,sharpness,simple BG and composition a lot.Have a great weekend!

bonjour monika
POV et BG extra.
les couleurs sont magnifiques.
bonne netteté et bonne apetit a cette demoiselle.

Really well done always nice when they are doing something interesting you captured it beautifully lovely sharpness rgds Necip.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-01-13 3:16]

beautiful close-up with great focus and details. nice colors and composition. tfs

Czesc Monika
Piekne zdjecie, bardzo ladne kolory i fajnie wyczekana chwila podczas przezuwania muszki :-)Bardzo mi sie podoba takie skadrowanie obrazu

Fajnie to zlapalas :-) Jesli o "muche" chodzi to wyglada troche jak jakis maly pluskwiak, choc za wiele to jej nie widac :-)
Swietna ostrosc i ladne odcienie zieleni na calym zdjeciu.
Jak tam Ci w Albionie??

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-20 7:41]

Hi there Monika,

This is a very nice macro. Colors are great and details are sharp. Love the light!


wow,wonderful macro congratulations...tfs

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-01 14:10]

Hello Monica , Fantastic shot from the damselfly with lunch ,good compositie details colours sharpnes and bg ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-02-06 22:57]

Hello Monika!
Wow! Impressive picture! This is really sharpen and the colours are pretty natural and beautiful! Well done!

Hi Monika.
Really nice macro. Excellent coloured presentation. Picture is good arrected. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Belle photo,cet insecte est très beau,bien net et les détails sont bien visibles. Amicalement Thomas

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-03-18 3:08]

Bardzo dobre makro, Moniko. Obiekt czesto spotykany ale ladnie go tu umiescilas w kadrze, bdb ostrosc i jej glebia.
Pozdr. Al.

Hi Monika,
Great macro. Perfect details, lovely colors and great timing.
Perfect BG. Good composition.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-18 8:38]

Hi Monika,
I always enjoy your compositions, but some how must have missed this one. Again you showing a wonderful composition, I enjoy the great details and the excellent colors. Great crop and the simple frame does coplement your picture very well.

Salut Monika
Cette photo en macro de cette belle demoiselle est superbe, c'est une oeuvre d'art ,cette scêne de chasse est vraiment réussie.
Les couleurs sont tellement belles, les détails très précis, et dépouillée de tout artifice dans l'arrière plan, ce qui met en valeur le sujet.
Félicitations merci et amitié...JP

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-11-01 17:26]

Hello Monika,
I have to come back as i saw this beautiful damselfly
Very sharp and clear. The details are so clear that the lines and hairs are very obvious. I took a few but still not good enough. Soft BG makes this subject stands out excellently.


Hi Monika,
A nice capture of this beautiful damselfly. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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