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Eurasian Red Dragonfly

Eurasian Red Dragonfly
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-31 3:32
Viewed: 3534
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again, friends

Today i would like to show you a photo of another dragonfly, but one not so common here on TN.
It is a Eurasian red dragonfly - Sympetrum depressiusculum - and, sadly, i didn't find much data about it on the net for a proper introduction.

It's a species that flies from July until October, nearby still waters and is actually quite widespread, from southern and central Europe all the way to Manchuria, in Asia.

This photo was taken at one of my favorite spots for shooting Odonatas - an old floodplain that was turned a long time ago into a fishery. Fortunately the dragonflies and damselflies there weren't that much affected by those changes.

I know that the twig it is one is a bit overexposed, but i really liked the vivid and contrasting colors of the dragonfly and that's why i decided to post it :)

Right now i'm preparing to leave for a small outing...hopefully i'll find something interesting to take pictures of :)

Cheers and have a great weekend :)

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Focal Length: 300mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -0.66
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Flash: Yes (power: -2)
Support: handheld
TOD: about 2 PM
Weather conditions: bright sunny

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Hello Horia,
Excellent macro work!
Wonderful details, the capture is skilfully done and the result would be a pride for any textbook...
Attractive composition, with a dynamic diagonal!
Pablo -

Hi Horia ,
great details with amazing colours.
great sharpness and light.
well captured.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-31 3:50]

Hi Horia,
Beautiful Eurasian red dragonfly captured with great details, perfect pov and dof.
Have a good outing and good luck taking photos!
TFS, José M.

Hello Horia !
Another great picture from you ! I love the warm golden color of the Dragonfly, as well as the vertical composition and the blurred BG. Excellent details and beautiful natural colors. You are really a talented photographer and it's always a pleasure for me to look at yourpictures, even if I do not have time to leave a comment on all photos. very well done !

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-31 4:11]

Hi Horia,
Excellent Shot. Very neat and sharp with perfect lighting. Colours, sharpness, POV and DOF are superb. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

bonjour horia
superbe cliché,la netteté est excellente ainsi que le POV.
bonnes couleurs le BG est bien flou.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-31 5:00]

Hello Horia,
Terrific macro shot that fills the frame. Great detail, sharpness and just the right amount of depth of field. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-31 5:11]

Hola amigo,
agradable y nítida captura,
con un excelente pov.
colores la iluminación es perfecta, gran trabajo, saludos

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-31 5:52]

hi Horia,
ohoh, je vois que la macro est aussi une joie pour toi. Superbe lumière, couleur et détails, le point de vue permet également de bien l'admirer.


Salut Horia,
WOW. Excelent DOF => perfct BG. Super detalii si culori. Super compozitie.

Hi Horia, splendid macro with wonderful details, excellent light and colors, great focus, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-31 11:35]

Horia, a beauty.

Excellent sharpness, colors and composition. I like the blurred bg too.

Congratulations indeed.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-31 11:38]

Hello Horia,
This is the first time I see this interesting dragonfly, although I gather it is quite numerous in certain place in southern Europe.
Excellent capture from a nice angle, sharp details and lovely colours.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-31 12:06]

Hello Horia,
this composition is great, you really let this dragonfly come alive. Vivid colors and the sharpness is excellent. One expects that this one to fly right out of the monitor.
Gorgeous POV and the composition is great.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-31 12:35]

Hi Horia.
Reproduction of all features and beauties of this dragonfly is simply amazing. DOF is really great: whole insect is in focus and BG is smooth. Colours of your picture are wonderful. rich, perfect saturated and clean. May be stem is OE a bit, but quite a little bit. As always picture is composed and framed excellently. Next your extraordinary shot. Bravo and my best regards.

Hi Horia,
Missed this one...
So points tomorrow.
Very good composition as always. Great blurred background.
The Dragonfly is photographed in an excellent way; the wings are very sharp and detailed wheras the colouration is great.

Hello Horia!
Another interesting Sympetrum species from your collection. I have never seen this in the wild. I think this is a female specimen (males are more rather red).
DOF< POV and details are very good, I like also the black frame ;>
Best greetings,

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-31 15:21]

Hi Horia,
Firstly I have to say this a beautiful Dragonfly, I've never seen one of these before. It's a fantastic image too, it's not often we see the whole wingspan in focus from this POV. With the background defocused too the DOF selection I would say is perfect. Great flash too, it looks like natural sunlight. Fantastic colours, the reds and oranges in the body are beautiful. I'm glad you decided to post this, I've learned something new today :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-31 15:45]

Hello Horia,
Fine sharp capture of a species of Sympetrum new to me, but it looks like a female.
This shot is up to your high standards of sharpness, BG, comp., and presentation. In addition the lighting is excellent.
TFS and enjoy your weekend!

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-03-31 16:18]

Hi Horia,

Great macro picture of this dragonfly.
Great color, sharpness, lighting and background.


Very neat capture, Horia.
Everything is perfect in this picture.
I like the precise focus and immaculate details on the wings from tip to tip.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Horia,
I'm too late to see this beautiful shot. Other friends told everything. But I've to say that you have taken it as faultless. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Horia

a perfect capture of this dragonfly
the composition is "classic" with the insect paralel to the sensor plane wich allowed perfect sharpness using f/4.5 and a shooting speed of 1/500...thecnically perfect!
I also like the natural background !


Impressive wing detail, your fortunate that the dragonflies arrived, still not here yet. Love the quality of the shot, detail and exposure in the body, nice macro work.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-01 13:45]

Hi Horia

Interesting Dragonfly, not one I have seen. Lovely colours and great POV. Sharp details and a nice composition. Excellent shot as ever



Beau détail...et ces ailes ! quelle infrastructure
Bonne journée.

Hello Horia,
I was quite waiting to see your new contribution, and here it is :-)
Good composition and coolours, however the plant is somewhat overexposed. Instead, the dragonfly's exposition is perfect.
Best greetings,

Hello Horia Bodgan :)
This is a superb capture of this colorful insect. Like I said previously, I never managed to get a proper picture of those little ones that are always on the move. Are they like this only in Quebec? In all the pictures I see of them, they just seem to be very quiet and immobile... Exposure and details are very good and I like this nice compo. This is another great shot from you! Thanks,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-02 8:22]

Hi Horia, this is a fab macro of the Dragonfly, pin sharp! Good catch of light showing all the fine details in the body, head and those wonderful wings. Very good POV and DOF. Great colours. Great all round.

Your use of DOF here is really good, with the F4,5 you forced a very nice OOF BG and kept all the insect into focus. A smaller aperture would make the BG too messy. Light is moody but bright enough giving an elegant touch.
The frame is not bad, but I feel something better can be done for this beautifulk subject... always a question of tastes :)
Lovely work, MF.
Best regards, Felipe.

Hi Horia

another great macro shot from you!! the details of this
Eurasian red dragonfly are wonderfull!!


Hi Horia
Une autre très belle prise en macro de ta part. Félicitations pour le bg, les couleurs, la netteté et la pose de l'insecte.

Merci pour l'envoie et au revoir...JP

This is wonderfully sharp, Horia. That camera always amazes me. Nice work. I hope you had a nice productive outing with your camera.

Evelynn : )

The moment you've captured here is very interesting! I like it.
best wishes

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-03 10:38]

This is excellent close-up,Horia.
I like limpid cleanness picture,fine sharp details and splendid colours.Very nice point of view and perfect managed DOF with superb OOF background.Precise work with your camera.My admiration and thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-04-03 14:26]

Hello Horia , A Fantastic shot , a beauty dragon great compositie details light colours nice bg , tfs Greetings Teunie .

Buena composición ya que da el efecto de estar todo flotando ... además el enfoque es excelente.

Un saludo: J. Ignasi

Hola Horia,
Otra espectacular toma de gran belleza por su composición, luz, nitidez y fondo, enhorabuena. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-06 20:50]

Hello Horia

A very well focused(as usual) image of this dragonfly.The details are sharp,and the colours are vibrant.You have composed it well in the frame,and the DOF is well done.TFS


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-11 19:31]

Una composición con buena estética por el punto de vista captado y el correcto trasfondo que resalta la silueta del insecto sobre su percha.
El uso del flash produjo mínimos reflejos que no inciden en la calidad de la presentación.
Acertado encuadre vertical con sobrio marco completan una interesante presentación.
Mis mejores saludos mi amigo... Ricardo

A composition with good aesthetics for the captured point of view and the correct background that it stands out the silhouette of the insect on their hanger.
The use of the flash produced minimum reflex that don't impact in the quality of the presentation.
Accurate vertical framing with sober enframed completes an interesting presentation.
My best regards my friend... Ricardo

Hello Horia this is superb crystal clear macro excellent DOF well composed cand see anything to complain about only praise well done rgds Necip.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-23 3:29]

Hi Horia,
superb shot with a great composition and DOF.
Well done,

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