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Caught a Bug

Caught a Bug
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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: 2007-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tips and Techniques [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 2:09
Viewed: 3239
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from my archives on this raw, grey day!

Strangely enough, this is my first posting of the Common Blue-tail (Ischnura elegans), a common little damselfly in most of Europe, including Sweden. It has been posted many times on TN.

This male has caught a bug (not the 'flu!), a species of True Bug.

It is one of the earliest damselflies to emerge in the year, in Sweden as early as the middle of May, depending on the spring weather. It can be seen until September.

This shot was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters. The image was cropped by about 40% and after size reduction, selectively sharpened.

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Hello Ivan !
Excellent picture of this tiny insect ! I have seen may this summer, but never managed to get a good shot - you were better than me !:-) Excellent details, beautiful vivid colors, beautiful composition and POV and a nice blurred BG. You have also captured a great moment. Very well done !

Hi Ivan

Great shot of this common damsel.
You have used your big lens to perfection here.
Good DOF and sharpness. Good diagonal composition.


PS: here it's hot, humid and 30 deg at 9.30PM.

Hi Ivan, great capture of damselfly in action with splendid bright colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, great focus, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-17 2:49]

Hola Ivan,
magnífica captura y dinámico pov,
sensacionales detalles...
buen trabajo,

Hello Ivan
Wonderful shot of this Common Blue-tail,
I really like these guys :o)
Perfect details,composition and exposure,
Supeb shot,Welldone.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-17 3:01]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding shot and you have unearthed another beauty from your archives. Immaculate sharpness, nice colours and perfect lighting. I particularly like the BG, I think it sets up a fine tone and highlights the subjects well. The DOF is absolutely precise. Excellent POV and a great diagonal composition. Kudos.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-17 3:19]

Beautiful capture Ivan, great composition and background
Beautiful colors and great DOF
Great job

Dear Ivan,
Dragonflies(Damselflies) photo is always welcome here, especially for me! :-) Actually, in my country, we have the same one. They are rare and only observed partly a few northern area.
Very nice capture of this cute little I. elegans, with excellent details and exact focusing.
Also, vivid colours and nice composition here, with excellent POV.
Well presented and TFS,
Best regards,

Hello friend Ivan,
this is another excellent macro shot from your work!
perfect DOF in sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
very well composed and well seen
have a wonderful sunday, Ivan!
all the best

Hi Ivan,
I love to see them eating, it's amazing to see them hunting and sitting down to have lunch.
Very nice shot, I'm realy longing for summer, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-17 4:41]

Hello Ivan,
a nice shot of this eating Blue-Tail.
+++ The sharpness is amazing and there is a lot of detail.
I like the diagonal composition aswell.
Nice lighting and colours.
Good DOF and BG.
--- Some noise left from noise-reduction around the plant and upper part of the dameslfly but can easily be eliminated.
Well done Ivan.

Hi Ivan,
I see you also use tele to make great macro shots!
I was looking to see what was you macro lens, but realize it was made with a 300 plus a converter.
The focus on the damselfly is just spot on and the sharpness of the image is excellent.
The lighting was very good also, did you used some fill light or reflecting thing?
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-17 6:07]

Hi Ivan

Indeed :) You have quite many rather elusive subjects in your gallery and this is your first post of this so common little beauty :) Funny.
But it's definitely a photo for such days - here the weather is dark grey, too. It's eaning is to bring color and light on our screens at least, and it does that beautifully.
Technically, the capture is very nice. The diagonal composition is great and the damsel is presented with very nice sharp details. The prey - although hardly visible, is a good bonus. Excellent shallow DOF, spot-on exposure and nice presentation.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ivan,
Sharp image and well composed.
Archives...excellent for grey days:-)
Well done

What perfect diagonal symetry Ivan! The the blue on the damselfly sticks out well from the green perch. A couple of bonus additions. You do have the sensitive eye for nature.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-17 7:56]
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Stunning capture with amazing details. It really amazes me how you get such crisp details with an f/5.6! Is it the camera, the lens, or just you!?!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-17 8:03]

Hi Ivan. I see you took this shot in May it seem a long way of now.The detail in the body and wings is first class. good colours and use of the light. with a nice pose on the grass well done TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-17 9:58]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture of this damselfly. It's crisp sharp. I liked the POV, composition and lighting a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-17 10:50]

Hello Ivan
What a cute and interesting kind of damselfly! I like very much the POV and composition, and the excellent details on the insect upon that beautiful smooth bg.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-11-17 12:30]

Super capture Ivan, of this beautiful Common Blue-tail, with great pose, colours and composition. I see some pixels/noise around the body, when selectively sharpened maybe, but still a brilliant fellow.

salut Ivan

excellente composition of macrophoto, nice background,
excellente details on the subject, it is the insect and the grass
framed diagonally that it gives a plus to the image, TFS


Hello Ivan,
A perfect timing to get this action. Sharp focus and well exposed image. Nice color clarity. POV and composition are great.

Hi Ivan,
A very nice capture of this damselfly chewing its meal. Excellent Details and composition with a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello ivan
bravo, belle présentation de couleurs jolies et nettes, belle posture de cette demoiselle, merci de partager

Hello Ivan.
Excellent color, DOF, BG, exposure and details..
Great added interest while it's eating that bug too :)
Very well done,

Excelente enfoque e iluminación con un
correcto enfoque.

Saludos Ivan.

Hola Ivan,
Preciosa captura en una composción muy cuidada con gran definición y buen control de luces, el color y fondo son magníficos. Saludos
José Ramón

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