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Caballito del diablo II

Caballito del diablo II
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-30 12:46
Viewed: 4307
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Reposted note: Now I realized I was wrong.
Here the male of the dragonfly called Calopteryx Virgo.
The color of th wings is transparent and black in variable pattern, in this case is almost black. They can easily be confused with the Calopteryx Splendens, in fact I did until kind experts of this site told me. You have the female of the Splendens in my first photo

This males are really dark metalic and makes good definition and balance with background hard work.

As you can see, I had an artistic angle for this photos and the sunny and hot day gave me plenty of light, the only thing is I had no shadow. I saw this one in this stone and waited for it to come again. The stone was inside the water so to get the angle for the background I had some difficulties.

The camara was in force aperture mode with F4 and the rest in auto mode, there is no time for adjusting with this nervous insects. No flash, no tripod. Vertical size crop, very light level adjust and sharpen filter to the whole pic.
I like very much natural colors.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-30 13:03]
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Felipe it is a very good shot indeed. I love the colour, composition and detail. I espicaially like hte light on the wings. However, sorry to be a pain but I think you have the wrong species. I think this is Calopteryx virgo. C. splendens has bands of colour on the wings whereas with C. virgo the pigmentation extends to the base of the wing and the legs have longer hairs. I hope you don't take offence. (C. splendens looks like this)

Very nice shot Felipe!
Good composition and wonderful color of this Demoiselle!
Interesting note.
Well done..

Nice macro Felipe.
Beautiful colours and good sharpness.
Good note .
WEll done.

This is very definatley a Beautiful Demoiselle male as paul says, a little soft towards the head but otherwise very well seen.
Have been back and looked at the female I still think you have the ident right on that one it looks the same as the images I have of it.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-30 16:07]

Otra excelente captura Felipe... realmente.
Excelente nitidez y DOF.
Bellos colores, gran perspectiva y perfecto encuadre.Bravo!.

These are definitely beautiful creatures. I'll agree with the C. virgo fraction, this looks like the one in my book. F-4 is on the short side for critters like these, which is probably why the head slips slightly outside DOF range, otherwise very good capture.

I have to agree with Bente about the dof. Apart from that it is a very good capture of one of the most beautiful damsel flies. He is really giving you a nice pose here and the well blurred background really sets him off.

Not only this is a great shot of a beatiful insect, but it is also a great composition.

Good job.

Hola Felipe,

Me encanta tu foto. Por aca le decimos tambien pipilacha al caballito del diablo. El detalle del insecto es maravilloso, la profundidad de campo tambien esta muy buena.
Gracias por compartir estas fotos tan bonitas,



Thanks Felipe. I just need to post at Treknature too as I have taken some photos of animal/plant in my hike and would like to know what it is. I saw one just like this dragonfly and I took the picture out of curiosity. It was blue, black and shiny dragonfly. And also by the river as seen in your photo. The way you took your dragonfly is interesting enough for me to know more, from the thumbview.

Felipe, curioso o título desta foto: aqui no Brasil, estes insetos também são conhecidos como cavalo-do-capeta.

Quanto à foto, grande nitidez e ótimo contraste. Perfeitas cores.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-26 11:09]

An excellent second performance, Felipe.
Nice composition and point of view.

I wish you the most cordial welcome on TN.
In the pleasure to admire your next posts and to read your notes and critics. ;-)
And I did so.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-29 8:02]

Another that I missed!
Very good photo Felipe!
Odonatas are a beautiful subject to photograph!
Very good on details!
Nice BG and POV!

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