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Red "rose"

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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: 2006-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-13 2:33
Viewed: 4003
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'll start of by saying that this is one of my favorite pictures of mine. And i'll tell you why very soon. It was taken during a short outing this summer, to a forest near my town.

It's a Sympetrum sangvineum male resting on what was once a "wild rose" (or dog rose - Rosa canina). This is exactly why i like it so much. A red darter on a rose can mean a whole lot of interesting things. For example it can become itself a rose - if you look at it figuratively.
What i also thought about is how i should crop the shot. At first i wanted a close-up with the dragonfly; then i though i should leave more space to the right...after a while, after taking a couple of steps back form the monitor, i thought i should definitely leave the second branch in the frame and have the dragonfly in the upper part of the shot. Call me crazy, but the two thorny branches positioned in "V" reminded me of a very good movie i saw recently - V for Vendetta...symbols everywhere :)

I'll leave you like that, hoping you'll use your imagination when seeing this image and perhaps sharing your thoughts and ideas with me :)


Aditional EXIF data:
Filter: Close-up Hoya +1
ISO: 50
Support: handheld

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To eruyanik: about the favorites :)horia 3 09-17 05:01
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Hi Horia,
Very nice Red Darter you have here! Love the 'over the shoulder' POV, excellent DoF the whole darter is in focus with good sharpness. Great light and colours, framing and 'spot on' composition. Very well done! I can see why you like this, so do I. Great write up as well. Regards Tim.

Hi Horia,
Red dragonfly on stem of rose, nicely captured. Very sharp and great details. 'Skeleton' of the wings are clearly visible. Neat image. Very well composed picture. Blurry and contrasting color background makes the dragonfly stand-out. Superb shot and excellent PP works.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Horia,
I like the composition in your picture. Although I haven't seen that film, the second branch really gives depth to the image. I do however think the main rosebranch is a bit over exposed (correct me if I'm wrong). I'll try to give it a PS wrokshop later today.
Greets, Jacob

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-13 3:17]

Beautiful composition - I must learn to take a step back at times! Nice and sharp against the background.
Thanks, Ulla

Hello Horia, nice shot with great colors and details.
Compo is perfect and sharp.


Hello Horia,
This red tone is eye catching. The transparent wings are in focused. Nicely composed and well seen.

Perfect macro.Great lights, colours and composition.Bravo. Best wishes my friend.


Hi Horia,
This looks great. Your overall composition and framing looks excellent.
Exposure was spot on, and this rendered some beautiful color saturtation and nice sharp detail. Great clarity in the wings. The good seperation from the OOF backround is perfect. A nice one!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-13 9:54]

Hi Horia,
excellent shot. Great details, great light and BG. I like composition.
Good work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-13 10:56]

Hello Horia,
Wonderrful capture.POV,vivid colors,blurred BG,sharpness and composition are excellent.

The dried up branch of rose bush makes an interesting perch for this red darter and I certainly appreciate your thoughts on the selection of details before posting the image, Horia.
Apparently, the composition is well balanced and attractive.
The subject has been captured from a very good angle, presenting a fine view of it in terms of details, colours and sharpness.
Well done and TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-13 14:14]

Hallo Horia,
well captured scene with this intensely red Sympetrum on top of this dry spiny plant. In spite of difficult point of view, there is good sharpness on all parts of the wings showing wing venation in detail.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Horia,
Even the wings of this DF look sharp.An excellent shot with good colours and DOF.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-14 13:34]

Hi Horia
Nice shot of this red D fly. Good sharpns, details, colours, light and POV.
Well done Horia


Nice capture.
Good compo, little animal is on focus...detail in wings.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-14 17:37]

Hello Horia,
great shot, the OOF shows of the details off this dragonfly so well. Wonderful POV and excellent DOF.

Bonjour Horia
Très belle prise de vue,les couleurs tres belles, l'éclairage, les détails et la composition sont parfaits et le BG est très joli.
superbe cette libellule
Bravo et merci....JP

What an imagination you have Horia! Yes, pretty red rose, and I love the leaves! Very good DOF, nice and sharp too.
My imagination sees a helicopter!
Good one, and TFS

Hi Horia,
This is a beautiful post with excellent details and very good composition. The colors are great! Everything is clear and sharp and this blurred BG works very well. It is not easy to catch them. I never succeed like I wanted too. Sorry for the points, I'll be back tomorrow; I was up too early this morning :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-16 5:27]

Hi Horia.
It is really wonderful shot. You managed to show this nice insect in all its beauty. I like the POV and DOF. As a result BG is well blurred and colourful. Details of the dragonfly and the plant are great. Superb done and TFS.
My regards,

Hi Horia,
Great contrast with that red and background colors! Soft coloured patches on the bg look wonderful here! pov, framing, details (especially on the wings) all are great! i'm curious about the reason that this is your favourite! i know this one should be a favourite shot, that's really beutiful composition, but i think you have a another reason also :-)
Thank you and best regards,

ps: i could't open that link, can you send me that toad vs. snake photo to my e-mail :-)

[email protected]

Hi Horia
I like your composition and the shot is so clear, simply excellent.

remember, remember the 5th of november...
"V" for vendetta, yeah, good movie, enjoyed it, too. :-)
anyway, i really like your ruddy darter, horia! :-)
the red is always so strikingly beautiful.
well composed with it resting on the thorny dried branch
against the great blurred bg.
excellent pov showing all the nice details in perfect sharpness.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-25 15:41]

Hi Horia,
Excellent Red Dragonfly capture my friend.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,colors,note,blurred bg and framing.Mersi:)

Nice shot Horia,
Very good color, detail, and light. Great comp in the vertical and an interesting POV here. "Red" stands out nicely on this smooth BG as well :)
Well done & TFS!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-25 7:52]

Beautiful shot,nice caption fo rht pretty fly shot.Liked the POV&Compo.TFS!

Encantadora fotografía.
Una exposición perfecta, con un color y una luz excepcionales.
Maravillosos detalles.
Saludos, Juan Luis.

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