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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/420 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-01 12:34
Viewed: 3725
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Well this was a surprise!

This male and female in tandem landed on my knee when I was sat near to the pond edge.I gently placed my finger below the male (the red one) and he climbed on, I managed to get a couple of shots before the pair, still in tandem, flew off.

They will fly together to the pond edge and the female will lay its eggs in the vegetation and mud.
Upon hatching the larva lives under the water, feeding on pond life for one to three years, depending on species type, undergoing up to eleven changes, loosing its outer shell as it grows. Finally the larva climbs above water level and the immature adult emerges, leaving behind its empty shell - the exuvia. Maturation takes up to six weeks, and the life of an adult rarely lasts more than six weeks.
Our commonest true dragonfly in the Autumn,its flight period is from mid-July to
early November.

Photo cropped and sharpened USM 40 %

RAP, gerhardt, japie, milloup, marhowie, carper, jhm, Callie, PDP, hojper has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-01 13:11]

Reitero el concepto que he comentado anteriormente, no me agrada en general la aparicion de dedos sosteniendo insectos, pero en este caso, dada las circunstancias que relatas y la belleza,colorido y agudeza de la imagen, tienes mi voto positivo.

I reiterate the concept that I have commented previously, does not please in general the appearance to me of fingers maintaining insects, but in this case, given the circumstances that you relate and the beauty, colorful and sharpness of the image, you have my positive rate.

Nice capture Andy. I agree with Ricardo on the finger issue but, given the circumstances very interesting photo and I believe an exciting moment for yourself. TFS.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-01 15:19]

Well I hope you went out and bought a lottery ticket as this is your lucky day. This is will brobably happen to me too, but I wont have my camera with me.

Thanks for posting. The image has been well captured.

Nice capture of these two, very sharp and with good light. I realize there's a difference of opinion on fingers or no fingers here on TN, but for my part I don't mind, in fact, I quite like it when you can get them to "sit" ;-))

Its amazing what they will do for a warm spot andy , a good capture.

Andy, First thing that comes to mind is different. Seen more than a few "fingered" dragons but this one has all that transparent wing action going on! Great notes, Thanx!!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-02 13:17]

Two for the tandem, not for the composition,I hate to see fingers on a photo with an insect on top.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-10-03 6:03]

I find this a splendid tandem Andy, with perfect colours, also excellent sharpness, I like this!

Nice catch, Andy! Love the roound the finger curl here. I know you did not have it with you, but here is a situation where a coloured card, used as a BG prop, will elimminate the busy BG nd bring the wing texture of the female out much better. Hold the card about 300 mm behind them. Just a suggestion.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-03 13:51]

Good stuff Andy, as you say it was a surprise...especially as you were saying a little while back that you hadn't seen any for so long. Good work, nice note.

Good note to a good shot. I think it was the personal touch (your finger) that actually got me interested in something I am normally not that interested in. So good idea also.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-04 17:13]

Andy, this is a very nice interaction.

A rare and great moment. How great you managed to capture this.

Sharpness and colors are excellent.

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-12 11:58]

What a lucky one!
Very good job on this picture!

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