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Please Do Not Approach

Please Do Not Approach
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 250
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-18 13:20
Viewed: 3117
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
2 male Common Blue Damselflies (Enallagma cyathigererum) on the edge of the nursery pond. I had been trying to get some individual images of these brightly coloured males perched on bank side vegitation when I noticed that every time a flying damsel approached one that was perch the perched one went through the same routine every time. The one perched on the piece of dead plant has staked this spot out as a good vantage point from which to spot a female arriving to find a mate. The reason for wishing for such a vantage point is that it takes less energy to perch than to fly, so a good spot is a mater of first come first served and the one on the perch has raised his wings to tell the one approaching that the spot is occupied, I also observed that they also arch the body at the same time to make it more obvious that he is there, but I didnt manage to capture that well enough to show you.
Taken not with the camera on a tripod but resting firmly on the ground to steady it and to get as low to the water as possible. The damselflies are about 2ft - 60cm away from the edge and 9ins - 23cm down from me. Non of them are as clear and sharply detailed as I would like or expected them to be, but I thought it was reasonable enough and was of intrest to show you and see what you all think about them.
Cropped to size,
sharpened with High Pass Filter
Save As to preserve the Exif Data.
Hope you like

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To thor68: Thanks for the critque ThorstenRobbrown 1 07-20 06:39
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Olá Robert,
Em primeiro lugar quero agradecer-te pelo histórico do teu momento de captura, não se encontra este tipo de informação em artigos científicos(a metodologia e a intenção da mesma). Em segundo lugar, a fidelidade à imagem natural, é magnifica!
Muitissimo obrigada pelo teu trabalho!

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-07-18 13:45]

Quel réflexe remarquable... Bravo
Bonne soirée.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-18 14:18]

Hi Robert!
You catched very interesting scene. I think damselflies around the world acting in same way :-) Oerfect sharpness on both insects, very nice, bright colours. Damselflies are well visible on brown BG. Interesting note also.

Bonjour Robert,
very good shot. Not an easy one but great result. And it seems you know them! Congratulations!

excellent capture, robert, i would jump for joy if i had one
like this, or even just one with only one dragonfly...
great presentation of the interesting behaviour of the DFs,
well composed and with beautiful colors.
thanks & take care, thorsten.

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