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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: 2006-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 8:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everybody :)

I know this is a stretch for your imagination, but the plant the Sympetrum sanguineum really looks like a trident to me :)

And since this species of dragonfly is so well known around here, i decided to search some archives for some interesting facts about the "Trident" and its mythology:

- From the fishing origins, the trident is often associated with Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek mythology. By hitting the earth with his trident, Poseidon created the horse and some water sources in Greece. The Roman Gods, such as Neptune (parallel to Poseidon) also used a trident as a staff, and created earthquakes and new bodies of water. A good example can be seen in Gian Bernini's statue "Neptune and Triton".
(Neptune (Latin: Neptūnus) is the god of the sea in Roman mythology. He is analogous but not identical to the god Poseidon of Greek mythology)

- The trident or Trishula is also the missile weapon of the Hindu god Shiva, and it often includes a crossed stabilizer to facilitate its flight when thrown

And since i mentioned Triton, he is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the deep. He is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Amphitrite, goddess of the sea. He is usually represented as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish.

PS: did you know that Triton was at the name of a big group of amphibians called Triturus which are formally called newt :)
(that brings special interest to me because i study them :) )

Anyway, hope you'll like it :)

PS: This is a dedication for Greg (red45) an old TN member (not that old as the mythology of the trident...but still) that i esteem a lot.

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Extra Lens: Hoya Close-up +2
Focal Length: 374mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: Handheld
TOD: about 4PM
Weather conditions: sunny, but poor light

i also added a Workshop with a horizontal compo...maybe you'll like that one better ;)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-13 9:17]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful close up.POV,colors,simple BG,details,lighting and composition are exellent.

Hello Horia an excellent shot the details are good well composed with a nice clean background TFS rgds Necip.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-13 9:59]

Hello Horia,
OK, I'll stretch my imagination: it needs some excercise. 'Trident' means three toothed in latin. In Swedish it is called 'three points'. I'd like to give you three points for your imagination and this fine shot of this red darter and its POV, BG, sharpness and comp., but I'm afraid I'm only allowed to give you two!
TFS and all the best mf,

Hello Horia,
very elegant, dynamic and noble composition of colours and shapes. The slightly soft appearance of the dragonfly seems to be due to the inevitable procedure of downsize to web.
I also like the typography your name is printed - the font seems to be Exocet by Jonathan Barnbrook, looks perfectly well with your name.
Thank you also for the little shortcut to Greek mythology, always welcome to find good information combined with pleasant entertainment.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Horia,

Nice capture of the dragonfly on the trident,I posted in the ws a small snap of Neptune armed with trident a habitual visit when mariners pass for the first time in their life the equator with a vessel,well captured and TFS


Hello Horia,
The picture of the dragonfly is very good -- something usual from a dedicated photographer like you.
However, it is your note on the Trident that I enjoyed reading. You have brought forth certain very interesting facets of it from the world mythology.
The scope of learning and widening of horizons need not be restricted to nature only at times, and this is it.
Best regards,

Hello Horia,

well done on this excllent colors bg pOV DOF perfect details very crisp nicly composed and captue photo excllent Job

TFS Kyle

Hi Horia,
Almost always the same critique from yours truly: I do like the subtle composition.

Hello Horia,
Wonderful picture. I like the way this dragonfly and the trident float from the background. Thanks to your imagination and flash back to Greek mythology. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Horia,
a nice close-up with good details and ´nice colours.
Maybe I had cropped it in landscape mode but thats me.
The DOF is aslo good, the subject standout well from the BG.
Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-13 11:47]
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Hi Horia.
I have read your note with great interest and pleasure. Thank a lot.
I like your nice picture so much too. As usual, details, sharpness and exactness of colour reproduction of the dragonfly are perfect as well as the flower and nicely coloured and blurred BG. For my taste the vertical cropping is disputable a bit. But this is not a lack. It is my personal perception only. Without any discounts excellent work.. My best regards and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-13 12:06]

Hello Horia,
In this shot I think the dragonfly and the plant with dry seed-heads play an equal part against the very beautiful background. The sharpness is excellent and the colours are beautiful. I really like the composition and the vertical framing here.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi my friend,

Great work, fantastic sharpness and a splendid background. You've caught his wings in a neat position forward and leave us with the impression he's not staying for long!
Well done, TFS


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-13 12:47]

Hello Horia,
Great shot of this dragonfly and trident.
Perfect composition. Great POV, sharpness and details.
I like your explanation very much and the WS of Paul is hilarity :)

bonjour Horia,

magnifique macro superbe netteté et couleurs trčs belle composition bravo


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-13 13:06]
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Hi Horia,
great display of colours here (though I wonder if it is red blood-red)! The sharpnes and shown features are nice (also the white dots -flowers?- in the background). Some time ago I posted a sypetrum pedemontanum in the portrait composition. Having seen your workshop I should have taken the landscape format as well. The lengt of the dragonfly is more stressed by the format.
Also some interesting facts. Good for my knowledge about mythology.
Here's another fact: taxonomists in the Netherlands have decided to leave the conventional path of Triturus and for example T. alpestris is now called Mesotriton alpestris.
But most of all I'll like the picture and I wonder what you aim at looking at o's in your name ;-)

Regards, Jacob

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-13 13:52]

Hello Horia,
the picture is well composed and the focus on the dragonfly is pretty good. With f/3.5, depth of field is rather narrow and leads to lack of sharpness on important parts of the insect. I would have suggested a smaller aperture.
Best wishes, Peter

bonjour horia
ah je vois que je ne suis pas le seul a devoir puiser dans les archives a cause de cette hivers qui n'en ai pas un!pas de gel,mauvaise lumiere donc pas de photos!
vous avez bien fait de conserver cette belle libellule dans vos archives,męme si le BG comporte un peu de grain,la pose de l'insecte me plait bien ainsi que sa couleur.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-13 14:10]

Hello Horia,
can't wait until they are flying again, in the mean time I have to shovel snow ;-)... up to 25 cm we are expecting today.
So this is just wonderful to look at and dream about summer. The composition is very elegant, I love the OOF BG it allows an undistracted view of this wonderful dragon fly. The details are amazing sharp to the smallest details. POV, colors and framing are wonderful.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-13 14:40]

Hi Horia

You must have a huge collection of amazing Dragonfly shots. I love the composition and the muted colours in this one. Great POV and excellent DOF. Nicely sharp



That's wonderful Horia, splendid macro with amazing details and great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-13 15:13]

Hi Horia,
When one stretchs imagination, one can go back to greek times and immerse in the mood of mythology. It's a clear example of the human nature that makes some fun of our own species.
A great composition with excellent details and dof.
TFS, José M.

Hello Horia!
A little more time so the comment will be a little longer ;)
I nteresting presentation with interesting note. Really I have to say that I had to think a minute why the title is trident ;) On the picture there is jus a draginfly! :)
But of course very soon I saw the other elements! Nice idea for the title with the main object (Odonata) only as a "detail" ;)
The DOF is good (if we look at the species) but if should be better (especially if you want to see a trident ;>).
Anyway, I like this presentation because you payed my attention for something more that a "normal dragonly" ;>

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-13 17:38]

Bello Dragonfly, colores, nitidez y pose precioso... bg, excelente, saludos amigo Horia

Hello Horia,
Well done mf.
I like most the dappled OOF BG I see.
Well focused where it must be, with good details, light, POV, and color.

hi horia,
lovely shot,
good sharpness,
nice details captured,
excellent bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi dear Horia ,
great image with excellent focus , light and BG.
very well done.
thanks and regards my dear friend

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-14 6:52]
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Hello Horia, my friend!

I was away for few days, but now I'm back :-) Big thank you for this dedication, I'm really honoured! I like both - photo and your imaginetion :-) Plant looks like trident, its sure thing. Insect looks like... well, Dragonflies almost always looks like futuristic speeders from sf movies :-)

BTW - I like your Diablo font :-) Do you like computer games?

Bonjour Horia
C'est Une superbe de belle photo en macro que cete Jolie libellule, Trčs belle composition, les couleurs les détails et le BG sont trčs bons.

Bravo et merci...JP

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-14 16:17]

Ambos encuadres son agradables gracias al adecuado punto de vista Horia.
A pesar del escaso DOF el foco es realmente muy bueno mostrando grandes detalles del insecto con apropiada iluminación y colores naturales.
El OOF obtenido realza la silueta del dragón y su tridente.
El workshop de PVS... sin palabras ;~)

Both framings are pleasant due to the appropriate point of view Horia.
In spite of scarce DOF the focus is really very good showing a lot of details of the insect with fitting illumination and natural colors.
Obtained OOF enhances the silhouette of the dragon and your trident.
The PVS workshop... without words ;~)

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-14 18:22]

Hi Horia!
Great composition, and nice shot, great work on BG!

Hi Horia
great composition,colours and sharpness of this beautiful insect...insects,flowers..well really spring is arriving again to treknature!
best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-14 21:22]

Hi Horia,
Wonderful shot. Superb colours and sharpness. Very crisp details. Wonderful DOF and POV. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-14 23:14]

Hello Horia

A simple but beautiful composition.Very good DOF,I really like the focus on the dragonfly,and the lovely natural colours.The OOF BG is nicely done,and the "trident" that the dragonfly is perched on is well seen.TFS


I like the font you used to add your name at the bottom


What a shot! The colour is sparce but outstanding.

The lacey wings on the dragonfly are awesome! The best part for me is the balancing act! The monodent spear end is in perfect balanch with the chunky frontend, wings and all. WOW!

Tfs, Jay

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-15 2:08]

Hi Horia,
This Sympetrum sanguineum didn't know that being on this plant it will start a worldwide discussion on tridents!
Excellent composition and marvellous colour-combunation.
In french the newt is called "triton".
Best regards

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-15 7:28]

Hello Horia,
Great picture with good background, color and composition.


Hello Horia,
What a complete post, I mean; there are many elements here :) This picture from Paul in WS is just too hilarious. I will be honest with you, I really have problem seeing a trident in your picture but I must have lost my child's perception :) This is a great capture of this beautiful insect. I really don't know how you can photograph them, I never succeed is such a difficult task. I love its pose, details, colors, exposure and beautiful BG. For me the vertical composition works very well! I had a good time looking at this post and reading your notes. Thanks,

Hola Horia,
Bonita composición, aunque a mí me gusta mas el formato horizontal, la definición y el fondo son excelentes, la otra toma del tridente es muy simpática. Saludos

Hi Horia,
How are you? Good to see you again. :-)
This is really wonderful photo with nice pose.
It's lovely to me.
Excellent details and DOF, POV is also perfect, well done, Horia.
Regards and TFS,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-17 23:23]

Horia, I like this one.

Great contrast between the main subject and the background.

Besides, very nice shades of red.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-18 5:43]

Hi Horia.
This is superb compositon.Perfect focus and great point of view.You caught of this dragonfly in very nice pose with beautiful colors.Also very good blurry background.I prefer original picture,maybe I would a little cut upper part.
Well done,TFS and for very informative note too.
Best greetings Milos

Delicada imagen en la que la libélula parece flotar sostenida por la rama seca.
Perfecto encuadre y una muy agradable composición, con un BG estupendo.
Un saludo, JL.

Hi Horia,
Excellant exhibition of DOF. The whole DF is in perfect focus.Excellant sharpness.The trishula adds interesting aspect to the composition.Its wonderfull to know that a person from Romanis knows about Hndu God Siva. :D
Full marks to Focus.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-03-31 9:55]

Hello Horia,
I have discovered with pleasure your portrait in your profile.
I like your "Libellule" on its trident ;-)
The "+++" : subject, pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

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