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The Egg-laying Empress

The Egg-laying Empress
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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: 2008-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-12 0:37
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Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)

This female is busy laying eggs.
We saw both this female and a male patrolling over this recently created pond. The front view of the female ovipositing can be seen in the WORKSHOP

To the credit of the National Department of Defence, these ponds were dug out on our nearby army shooting range primarily to create homes for the threatened Natterjack and Green toads. One can speculate about the survival of their tadpoles with the appearance of the voracious Emperor Dragonfly nymphs!

Though we can see a number of photos of settled Emperors on TN, I have yet to capture one resting. Instead, I took this of a female ovipositing.

Though fairly common in most Of Europe, the Blue Emperor is a new arrival in S. Sweden.

As usual this shot was taken with the camera hand-held and the distance was about 4 meters. The reflection in the blue-sky reflecting water inspired me to post this.

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Hi Ivan,

nice capture from this blue emperor.
Very good pov, I like the reflection on the water.



Very well composed pic that shows the reflection very well. The sharpness of the pic and the detail shown are great. The clarity of the image is excellent!

Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this beautiful empress laying eggs. You have captured it very well with sharp details and a lovely composition. I also like the WS although busy BG. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-12 0:56]

Dear Ivan,
Fanatastic documentation of an event in making.
Superb timing, good observation...fine PoV showing the subject in action.

Hi dear Ivan,
Very nice capture.
Great compo and excellent details.
Kind regards

Hi Ivan,
This is an amazing moment. A wonderful capture.

Hello Ivan,

Excellent capture of this female Emperor laying eggs. Excellent composition with a very nice reflection in the water. Very good detail. Nice natural colours.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-12 1:21]

Hi Ivan,

Two nice captures of this waterballet (although thats what it looks like),I have seen this a few times myselves,but impossible to make some descent shot,or it was to far awayor I had to get some wet feet,anyway I like them a lot (the posting in the ws even more),tfs and have a nice weekend


Hello Ivan!
Very special moment photographed by you this time. To take a picture of Anax species is for me like a "black magic", I have never even a chance to do this, as this species is too fast for me :)
Very nice documentary photo with good and interesting note.
Greetings from rainy Lodz (it looks that autumn is comming...),

Hi My friend,
An excellent close-up capture of this beautiful dragonfly with wonderful details, nice DOF and composition. I liked also the mirror reflections:) Great!
Many thanks for sharing this beauty!

PS. I had some troubles with my PC at home last day! thus today I will be off:)

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-12 3:06]

Hello Ivan,

You photo has a very nice composition with the dragonfly's image reflected by the water. The diagonal placed plantseparating the dragonfly from its reflected image look great.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-12 6:42]

Hello Ivan,
Both photos are very beautiful. Wonderful moment in excellent clear colours and with great sharpness. Lovely composition in both photos. Nice reflection.
Kind regards,

Beautifully captured and well detailed image of the egg-laying Emperor Ivan... Composition including the refection is well done. TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-12 9:02]

Hi Ivan,you have raison,the fantastic reflections in the water make a difference!! An unusual and spectacular way to show this dragonfly,great idea and perfect realisation,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-12 9:10]

Hi Ivan. So Your depatment of defence has done some good by the sound of it. The insects soon move in. I like the refection in the still blue water. good detail and use of the light which has given bright colours. well done TFS.
Have a good weekend.

Hello Ivan, perfect macro of this dragonfly. TFS.
Regards, Bahadır

Hi Ivan, an superb shot with wonderful detailsand nice composition. Thanks for sharing.
Regards, Deniz

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-12 11:15]

Hi Ivan,

Fascinating!! Two excellent shots of this female - I loved the workshop too. It really is amazing to see her laying eggs. You captured this perfectly with excellent details. Her colors and wings are lovely. The wonderful reflection is a bonus.


Hi Ivan,
interesting capture of an important moment of life of dragonflies
excellent composition and beautiful game reflexes..thanks for sharing

best sERGIO

Hello Ivan,
Sorry for my delay, I dont know I didnt see this great macro-shot. Blue Emperor is one of very beautiful and fascinating dragonflies. I tried to take its shots when it flew. It is very beautiful, when it laying eggs. You captured it greatly, with splendid coloration, great focus and POV. I also like feflection. Notes always very nice and informative. Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend my friend

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-12 13:07]

Hola Ivan,
magnífico trabajo,
interesante foco...
óptimo reflejo y compo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-12 13:31]

Excellent shot of this Emperor Dragonfly laying eggs!
The reflection is perfect.
Superb sharpness.
Brilliant DOF.
Very original :-)

Well done, Ivan,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-12 14:32]

Hi Ivan

A very skillful and beauiful capture. Great pose and detail.


Hello Ivan,
Top quality image with my respect!
a very clean and neat well captured and composed!
Not only mention the sharpness on the reflection but also the subject itself too!
simply in perfection!
have a wonderful weekend, Ivan!

Dear Ivan,
Excellent capture of the rare event by you. Good sharpness, details & light effect with mirror image reflection on the surface of water. TFS Egg-laying Empress :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-12 21:49]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent shot of this dragonfly laying eggs. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours. The reflection looks awesome and you have freezed this moment perfectly. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-13 4:55]

Hello Ivan, wonderful capture of this female dragonfly whie she was laying eggs. TFS and kind regards,

hello ivan,
what a fine capture, i have never seen a dragonfly laying eggs while searching for the dragonfly shots, you have captured it with perfection, i liked the pov and the reflections very much,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-13 7:57]

Hi Ivan

Believe it or not, i have some VERY similar photos of the same species :)) I tried all year to get a classic shot of a Anax imperator, but managed to get shots like these :) I was happy with them, as i'm sure you are, but i'm still determined to pursue the matter further next year.

This is a very nice close-up of this delicate moment.
The details here are very good and sharp and the colors are lovely. Surely, the splendid reflection adds to the compo and creates such a nice visual impact.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Ivan, fantastic macro with wonderful reflections, interesting scene, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
Well done. THough I have to say I prefer the image in the workshop.
It's educational. I'm not seasoned in ethology so I figured the dragonfly was just having a bath. Hmm...
Thanks for having this contribution.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-15 5:01]

Hello Ivan,
I missed this most beautiful and interesting picture. Anax imperator laying eggs, fabulous subject,rendered in a very artistic manner. The slightly decentred composition with the reflection on the water is excellent, the colours very harmonious. I like also the workshop picture.
Best regards

Hello Ivan
This is a fine capture..I have never seen a Blue Emperor before and you have done well in your research to find a new site to capture such a wonderful Dragon.
The reflection is superb on the blue water..Perhaps if there is a downside to such a wonderful capture is that dof slightly ran out on the near wing..I know the Dragons dont stop still for long but I now try to use a mono pod with a manfrotto rc322 head which allows a great range of movement and then use af to bring the subject into focus and keep the shutter depressed and then manually focus...It fails more than it works but it does give a chance to play with settings quite quickly to achieve the dof and focus you want.
All the Best

The blue sky reflected on water indeed makes this image very special, Ivan.
It is a wonderful action shot with great clarity. This species of European dragonflies is very good looking. I like its green and black abdomen.
The mirror effect adds immense value to the composition.
Thanks and regards.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-20 13:31]

Hello Ivan, that's great shot for sure, very unusual but very nice. The composition is well done and the sharpness and exposure are great, good reflections too, thanks!


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