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Dragonfly II

Dragonfly II
Photo Information
Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 11:16
Viewed: 3211
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Being in the Danube Delta I decided to try photographing dragonflies. I did it before too but without decent results.

In a late afternoon I was sitting on Danube shore, in Gorgova village. I observed that a dragonfly was coming and going to and from the same dry perch. When I was going near insect was flying away but came back soon. I set the camera on the monopod at a decent distance and took some shots.

In my previous post I have photographed a nicely colored dragonfly. Thanks to the nice people here on TN ( thank you Ivan (argus), Ulla (uleko), Cosmin (cosmln) and Horia (horia)) I found out it was a Sympetrum fonscolombii.

In this second post I presume I have photographed a Sympetrum fonscolombii male. I would appreciate any comment regarding my ID.

nglen, siggi, cicindela, Amadeo, matatur, Hil, maurydv, eqshannon, anel, cataclysta, horia, uleko, Dan, Argus has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-21 11:21]

Hi Cristian. This is one thing Dragonflies do is keep going back to the same place . It has payed off you have got a good close up of this one. Not to sure if its male or female. anyway it hase good detail and colour .wel ldone TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-21 11:23]

Hello Cristian,
very nice shot, composed well, nice clarity with good details, saturated colours look lovely, nice bg, liked the pov too,
Best regards Siggi

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-21 11:39]

Hola Cristian, una macro con buena composición, nitida y con luz adecuada.
Un saludo

Hello Cristian!
Nice capture of rarely presented Sympetrum species. I like vivid colours and warm tones of BG. Also pose and details of insetcs are nice for watching :)
Greetings from Poland,

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-21 11:55]

Hello Cristian,

A very good capture of this dragonfly. Very good composition. Great sharpness. The colours are fantastic on this picture.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-10-21 12:11]

Felicitari, o libelula minunata, atit tehnic cit si ca compozitie!
Numai bine,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-21 12:27]

Hello Cristian,
Very beautiful warm colours in this photo wuth a lovely BG. Also excellent sharpness and a very good composition.

A fine capture of this beautiful specimen Christian, in warm colours throughout. Good DOF choice too. TFS my friend.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-10-21 13:52]

Hi Cristian,

Very nice capture of the Dragonfly.
its excellent composition with a great POV and a fine pose.
Superb details and love the warm colours tones and light.


Hi Cristian, lovely dragonfly with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Cristian,
eccellenti POV e composizione con uno stupendo OOF BG, i colori sono meravigliosi, straordinaria la definizione dei dettagli, IMHO insufficiente DOF per la parte posteriore del corpo della libellula non essendo la ripresa parallela.

It is certainly a different perspective and angle...that sounds a bit redundant...but the photo is a treasure then for you as a marker on the ongoing path of learning to master your interest in Photography! Well done and presented!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-22 0:11]

Hello Cristian,
Very fine and harmonious dragonfly-picture. The composition is excellent, sharpness and light-management very well done. I also appreciate a lot the beautiful warm color-tones of the whole picture. Well done.

Hi Cristian
Beautiful light and colors. Perfect OOF background. Also good sharpness and nice POV

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-22 2:02]

hi cristian,
beautiful dragonfly, very colorful, good viewpoint and contrasting background. only the perch is bit worry, which one can't help. nice capture. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-22 2:07]

Hi Cris,beautiful point of view and perfects details and colors,i like a lot the color of background too,simply perfect!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-22 6:52]

Hello Cristian! Your images are always very sharp and this one is a great example of this. A beautiful picture with very high quality. Thanks.


  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2008-10-22 9:40]
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Buna Cristian,

o imagine foarte frumoasa, felicitari.
intradevar este un mascul dar de Sympetrum meridionale cel mai probabil, ca sa fiu sigur ar trebui sa vad exemplarul mai din fata... sa vad daca are "mustata" sau nu. daca ai o asemenea fotografie te rog sa o pui la workshop.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-22 11:36]
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Buna Cristian

Imi place sa vad inca o libelula frumaosa in galeria ta :)
Si fotografia asta e reusita, in special din punctul de vedere al culorilor care aici au iesit absolut superb! Rosul masculului de fata e retinut foarte exact de senzor si redat aici foarte bine.
Adancimea campului vizual e poeate o idee prea mica, dar tinand cont ca e una din primele tale poze a unei libelule, o foarte ok. Ca sfat doar: f/8 e de regula suficient, cu conditia sa fii perfect paralel cu corpul ei :)
Cat despre ID: nu e Sympetrum fonscolombii ci Sympetrum meridionale sau sangvineum. Sunt aici de acord cu Cosmin si zic ca pentru un ID 100% e nevoie si de un prim-plan :)

Oricum, Bravo si merci de postare

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-22 22:31]

Hello Cristian,
What a perfect match to your last post! Excellent focus on this Sympetrum showing its beautiful wings with bright red pterostigma. Great sharpness and beautiful colours against a very fine background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Cristian
It is very good macro.Nice model ,detail and DOF.Well done.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-10-23 14:41]

Salut Cristian,

Ca intotdeauna un macro foarte bun cu aceasta libelula de Gorgova. Culorile si detaliile sunt minunate.
Felicitari, Dan.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-25 9:05]

merhaba Cristian
well close-up working on this beautiful dragonfly
i like blurred BG, DOF, colours and sharpness

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-26 23:13]

Hello Cristian,
Fine capture of a male Sympetrum meridionale, as shown by the relative lack of black body markings and the bright red pterostigmae on the wings.
Well focused and excellent composituion against a neutral BG.
TFS this beauty,
Have a good week,

Hello Cristian
A beautiful capture of this dragonfly.
The colours are exceptional.
Very good lighting.
The DOF is very good,and the OOF BG looks wonderful.


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