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Fiery Bodies

Fiery Bodies
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-12 9:49
Viewed: 3386
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a memory from the early summer:

Large Red Damselfly. (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

Swedish name: Röd flickslända, meaning ‘red damselfly’

The scientific name means ‘fiery-bodied nymph’

There are two species of large red damselflies in Europe: this one and the Greek Red Damsel (P. elisabethae).

In Sweden there is only one species. It is locally common but not widespread in the southern half of the country. It frequents most types of fresh water and usually keeps near to its breeding habitat.

During pairing the male clasps the female behind the head (see WORKSHOP). The female then places the tip of her abdomen next to the male genitals to receive his sperms, as shown in the main image. When her eggs are fertilized she then lays them by dipping the abdomen into the surface of the water while the male still clasps her behind the head.

This method of reproduction is typical to damsel and dragonflies.

Though the WS image is sharper, I think the main image is more attractive.
The male has grains of pollen from the Carex sedge that he is resting on.
This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) . It was moderately cropped and after size reduction it was sharpened a little.

Dis. Ac., brech, marius-secan, siggi, maurydv, Marco2010, lousat, flashpoint, ayasinguler, rousettus, CeltickRanger, goutham_ramesh, joska, Miss_Piggy, matatur, anel, eqshannon has marked this note useful
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Lovely shot of a lovely couple in love Ivan! Those tiny insects will never fell to impress me with their elegant beauty. Very good detail, pleasant composition and awesome depth of field indeed! Your notes are excellent as usual and the Workshop is a great bonus! Bravo Ivan!
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan,

an nice image from this mating Damselflies with low pov and exellent sharpness.
Nicely blurred bg.
Fine colors.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-12 10:22]

Hello Ivan,
What do you want more: I love in the shape of a heart. Very beautiful photo in splendid saturated colours against the neutral BG. Very sharp with excellent details. Good composition and DOF. The workshop photo is also splendid.

Hi neighbour Ivan,
Outstanding photo with excellent sharpness, amazing colours and BG; the combination of damselflies and the Carex species make a perfect composition. Best wishes, Pambos

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-12 11:25]

Hello Ivan
Superb macro capture with excellent details and nice scene
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Ivan. Fine details and impressive colours results. Very good BG!


Hello Ivan,
Nice capture with excellent colors and fantastic details.
Splendid composition and amazing clarity. You catch a great moment from a nice POV.

hello Ivan
super good pose with great details and beautiful colours
very nice light and very good BG
great shot
greeting lou

sorry i have no more Smile,s

Ciao Ivan, lovely maiting couple on a breautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-12 13:23]

Hello Ivan,
excellent photo and a good shot. These Large Red Damselfly are very difficult to catch as they costantly move and have very good eye sight. Slightly soft in focus, but still very good.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture of the Large Red Damselfly, superb sharpness and fantastic bright colours, marvellous composition, a superb picture in WS too
Best regards

Ciao Ivam.
Cosa si fa per amore persino un cuore.Molto bellasia come composizione che come colori,ottima la nitidezza molto bravo.
Ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-12 14:11]

Hi Ivan,this is one of the most difficult pic to take,and your work is great,fantastic focus along the bodies and perfect light balance,there isn't a point overexposed! Very well done!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

merhaba Ivan dostum
this is great capture of very beautiful pair of Röd flickslända in copulation. you greatly took them with a great sharpness of focus and POV. natural colors very nice. also composition and WS.
I have seen this species only several times in SW corner of Turkiye. it is very beautiful with colorful habitus.
çok teşekkürler dostum. eline sağlık. iyi geceler.

hello Ivan

excellent photos of these lovers in action,
the 3 photos are great with specially the ones
where together they are doing the sign of love,
superbly focused with excellent sharpness details,



Hi Ivan,
I like the way these gems form a heart shape when then mate! The details are good.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-12 23:31]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo presentation of this species, male and female mating, very good colorful and sharp details, TFS!

Hallo Ivan
This is just superb. I cannot find fault , even if I wanted to look for something "wrong". It is a sheer enjoyment to stop by a great photographers work and leave a note of appreciation for excellent work. Thanks for sharing this "Tribute to beauty". Kind regards.

A "hearty" love scene indeed Ivan, caught smartly from the lateral of the pair in perfect focus and exposure. Hope the poor female kept its head after this fiery embrace! Thanks for sharing this excellent image with us my friend...

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-13 6:17]

Beautiful species of damselfly, mating here in good lighting and you have captured well with the wheel formation perfectly. tfs.

Hi Ivan
Impressive photo. The POV, the composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-01-14 10:46]

Hello Ivan

Nice shot of these dragonflies. The shape of the body is very interesting, remember the shape of a heart. Good colors and details.
Well done

Hello Ivan,
An excellent macro with a pair of damselflies in love. Great sharpness and details, excellent POV and OOF BG. Well done!

Un conjunto de gran belleza que supiste captar con habilidad.

Buen enfoque y realismo en los colores.

Saludos Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-15 5:01]

Hello Ivan,
Missed some of your shots..and would like to thank you very much for your help on my last picture. Merci infiniment!
A lovely natural red heart formed by these two damselflies in front of a fine light background, ideal to underline the beauty of the shapes. Fine and pleasant shot (also in WS) and interesting note too. I didn't know about the existence of P. elisabethae!
Bonne fin de semaine à vous deux

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-15 23:19]

Hello Ivan,
wow...such an exciting view. I could see the agony of the one below being choked. ( Sorry, I dont know which one is a male).
Now i know its female!
The love circle is well formed, you have presented it so lively and so well featured.
Excellent presentation with lots of information and knowledge.


Nature has it's funny methods of reproducing and many times we must retell the tail, no pun intended. Nicely and discreetly imager and said.

They must be in love, forming the shape of a heart :) Beautiful photo - composition, colours, clarity and all else.

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