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Aeshna cyanea

Aeshna cyanea
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-08
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-03 6:56
Viewed: 3291
Points: 74
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Going through my archives. I found this picture of the Aeshna Cyanea (Southern Hawker)I had taken in the Botanical Garden of Bern. It is a male specimen,with its typical green and blue abdomen. Females don't have the blue spots.
The Aeshna cyanea is one of the tallest dragonflies we have in Europe. It belongs to the Aeshnidae family. It is a quite common dragonfly; we can meet it easily in gardens or near small ponds.
In my mind this picture is related to a friend of mine, who died quite young a month before I made this picture. At the end of her life, we walked often in nature, looking for flowers, butterflies and insects.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-03 7:03]

Hi Anne

What a splendid photo from your archives!
This is really a terrific shot, taken from an excellent POV from which all the features of this species are well visible.
The details have a very good definition and it's fantastic that you managed to get such a nicely contrasting BG behind those beautiful wings - making them stand out so well, too.
Lovely colors and composition as well.

Bravo and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-03 8:22]

Hi Anne.
This composition is beautiful.As well as very nice harmonized colors.Very good POV and DOF.I like sharp details and neutral BG from whose that insect stand out very good.Well done this close-up.Thanks for sharing.
With greeting Milos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-03 8:45]

Hi Anne,
Perfect pov, sharpness, colours, pose, and background. A collector's portrait!
TFS, José M.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-03 9:38]

Hi Anne,
This beautiful Dragon is truly the perfectly entrusted messenger and dragoman of the soul for bringing the cherished memory of your friend (R.I.P.) out of your archive and back into nature again! Thank you very much for sharing this well-balanced, harmonious and solemn composition of a masterly immortalized Aeshna cyanea!
With my very best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-03 10:32]

Hello Anne,
What a fine find from your archives! This is a sharp and well composed shot, the diverging stems making the central placing work.
Sorry to hear the sad associations you have with this picture of Aeshna cyanea.
TFS and have a good week,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-03 10:55]

Hi Anne.
What a crisp sharpness, great details and amazing colours of this wonderful dragonfly and stem. Esthetically and technically shot is done perfectly at highest level. My congratulations and BRAVO.

Hello Anne
Very intersting shot from Odonata family,
Excellent focusing and lighting,
Fantastic colors,Welldone.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-03 12:06]

Hallo Anne,
die Libelle ist wunderschön inszeniert, das Gesamtbild farblich äußerst geschmackvoll. Der Körper kontrastiert farblich sehr gut, ebenso auch die feinen Flügelstrukturen gegenüber dem Hintergrund. Ein schöner Blickwinkel und gut Schärfe kommen noch dazu.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Bonjour Anne,
Les couleurs très douces de l'arrière plan mettent en valeur les jolies couleurs de cette libellule. Les lignes des végétaux s'accordent avec le corps allongé de l'insecte. Très beau point de vue et cadrage très réussi.

Guten Abend Anne,
hoch elegante Komposition, mutet an wie Ikebana!
Wunderbar die erdigen Farben, und im Kontrast dazu das juwelenhafte Blaugrün des Libellenleibes.
Sehr präzise die Details, und von Licht durchflutet.
Sehr schöner kunstvoller Beitrag.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-04-03 16:49]

Bonsoir Anne
Très belle composition de cette libellule Aeshna qui a l'avantage d'être plus posée que d'autres sortes. Netteté et couleurs tout y est, bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hi Anne,
Nice crisp clear picture. The colors are vivid. Wing patterns well shown against solid background. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-04 3:15]

Hola Anne,
preciosa captura,
bellos detalles y excelente pov.
perfecta nitidez,
estupendo trabajo... saludos

Hi Anne,
Why were you hoarding such a lovely picture in your archives?
It is a beauty.
Very impressive vertical capture with sharp details and natural colours.
I am touched by the sad association of this image with your friend who died young.

Hello Anne,
me voilà de retour sur TN.
La tonalité de l'ensemble est bien choisie.
La libellule est superbe, d'une netteté impeccable.
On peut observer bien des détails intéressants.

Voilà un photo qui permet de bien voir l'infrastructure de ces ailes !
Bonne journée.

Hi Anne ,
very nice macro with lovely colours.
great details and excellent sharpness.
well composed.
thanks for sharing

Hi Anne, wonderful macro with splendid details, great sharpness, lovely delicate colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Nice shot. Even though they are common, they are difficultto photograph as they don't rest that much.
Very clear pattern, both on body and wings.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-06 4:27]

What a beauty. I love the colour tones and the composition. Wonderfully sharp. Excellent DOF and POV



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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-04-06 12:34]

Hi Anne,
Perfect shot. Great sharpness and lightening.
Cyanea has wonderfull wings they look like glass.
Very well done.

Best regards


Les détails sont magnifiques et la composition où les brindilles s'harmonisent avec le corps de cette libellule c'est extraordinaire.

I did not resist to comment this shot ... wow a great perspective, light, details, composition ...
Take care Ana:)

Hola Anne,
preciosa composición, la nitidez y detalle son muy buenas, la luz y el fondo magnífico. Un cordial saludo

Bonjour Anne,
des ailes en dentelles... d'une netteté remarquable , couleur d'une grande harmonie.

Salut Anne
Magnifique photo avec un superbe de macro que cette jolie libellule.J'aime beaucouP tous ces détails ,trèsbelle présentation C'est du grand Art
Merci et au revoir ....JP

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-15 16:49]

Hello Anne,
Excellent macro shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

Hallo Anne,
diese Libelle ist wundervoll - und so schwer zu kriegen, die "Biester" sind so scheu und eigentlich den ganzen Tag in der Luft um Beute zu machen. Also Glückwunsch zu diesem tollen Schuß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Anne,
Wonderful sharpness in the subject!
This is a fine posture, and the colours work well together in creating an appealing image...
And soon it is summertime again...
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-20 7:25]

Hello Anel,
Superb capture of this dragonfly which really makes me look forward to their emergence this summer!! Great sharpness and lovely colours. I love the composition and the background colour too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour anne
tres bien faite,le BG est parfait et exempt de bruit,la libellule est bien nette et avec ses couleurs naturelles.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-25 9:59]

salut Anne,
excellente macro, l'image est très graphique. J'aime la teinte chaude et le point de vue, bie joué.


magnifique ton sur ton ... belle prise de vue cadrage top ... bravo
Amitié Alain

Hola Anne,
Me gusta como se ve la foto y como combinan los colores, tal vez no sea el mejor lugar para destacar las alas, pero es una imagen bonita, además tiene buena nitidez.

Hola Anne.
Una espectacular fotografía de esta libélula.
Bellos colores con ese fondo tenue muy agradable.
Perfecta composición.
Saludos y gracias por compartir, JL.

bonjour Anne,
Magnifique photo avec une netteté que j'aimerais réussir très belle composition,

Very nice lines in the dragonfly and plants. Wings of gossamer! Delicate and beautiful. May your friend also fly to the heavens, and be content. I feel sad she had to leave life early, at least she had a good friend in life!.

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