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Onychogomphus forcipatus

Onychogomphus forcipatus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-17
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-08 6:05
Viewed: 3028
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus 1758). Male
Small Pincertail

Onychogomphus forcipatus is a dragonfly species in the family Gomphidae. It is a medium-sized species with a length of a 46-50mm. It has yellow colour with black markings and widely separated grey-green eyes. The base of the hindwing is angled in males and rounded in females. The abdomen in males is fitted with three hooks of large size (anal appendages)
It is a common and widespread species found in most of Europe extending to Urals. It prefers unshaded (usually rocky) rivers and streams.

In Cyprus Onychogomphus forcipatus is a common species found near running water mainly on the Mountains. The variation found in Cyprus is Onychogomphus forcipatus var. albotibialis Schmidt, 1954. Some authors regard this variation as a valid subspecies found also in Turkey and some Greek islands.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-08 6:15]

Hi Chris!
What a fantastic, accurate composition! I like the light and its reflections on the dragonfly's body.
Sharpness and details are superb, as usual.
Fabulous blurred BG.
Congratulations my friend.
ciao! Vanda

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2011-11-08 6:15]

A stunning picture ! with great details ! I like a lot also the background who highlights the subject ! Lovely work, Tina

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-08 6:23]

Hello Christodoulos,
Like all your other photos, I like it very much. Perfect sharpness, details, splendid colours and a very good composition.

Hi Chris

Beautiful sharp grab of this dragonfly. Everything from head to hook is in perfect focus and well separated from BG. Thanks

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-08 7:28]

Bonjour Chris, outstanding clarity, focus and sharpness. Very nice capture from this dragonfly, beautiful colors that blend well and perfect framing too. Best regards, Didier.

hello neighbor Christodoulos...what a majestic capture! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hello Christodoulos,
beautiful dorsal view on this Dragonfly with good sharpness and wonderful colours. Well chosen POV and nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Wow....excellent macro....
A very nice capture with amazing details and sharpness.
Lovely natural colors and exceptional clarity.
Outstanding composition and perfect exposure as you always do.
Thanks for sharing!

hello Christodoulos
very good composition with great details and beautiful colours
great light and very good BG
thanks Christo
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-08 9:27]

Hello Christodoulos,
A very fine capture of this male forcipatus, the POV being ideal to show the pincers at the tip of the abdomen. The colours, sharpness and DOF show it up to its best in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Christodoulos,
Very nice presentation.Very sharp iamge whit excellent details.The colors is also very nice.

Hi Christodoulos,
another beautiful portrait of dragonfly. Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness.
Have a nice evening,

Hi Chris,

Just a fantastic picture of this beauty!
Perfect POV & great sharpness. Well done & TFS.

Ciao Christodoulos. Superb POV and stunning details for the dragon in dynamic pose. Beuatiful natural colours.


Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent photo presentation of this species, TFS!

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of fantastic dragonfly, good DOF, splendid light, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors, beautiful blurry BG and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-08 11:39]

Hello Christodoulos.
Outstanding shot of this dragonfly. Very neat and sharp details. Nice colours, perfect natural lighting and fine focus. I like your POV to portray it and the smooth BG. The diagonal composition very superbly done.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-08 12:17]

Beautiful capture of this picertail,very common in my country too,i like the perfection of details and the excellent colors saturation,perfect eyes too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,
A beautiful diagonal composition, taken with excellent sharpness and fine details. Colours are also great and the dragonfly stands out very well on the OOF BG. Weel done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-08 19:33]

Hello Christodoulos,
exciting view of stunning clarity. Very lively indeed. How i like the tail, never scrutinize this detail before.
Exciting shot with such wonderful top view.


Perfect detail and excellent point of view and background. Nicely highlighted from the background. Perfectly focused and one can clearly see all the wing details nicely. regards yiannis

πολύ όμορφο κάδρο...γεμάτο, και η γωνία λήψης, η ποιότητα αδιαμφησβήτητη...!
καλημέρα Χριστόδουλε

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-09 4:49]

Hello Christodoulos,
A powerful square presentation of this intersting dragonfly. In my country Small pincertails are rather rare to see. Perfect sharpness as usual and a good point of view to show the main features of this beautiful creature. Fine blurred background too.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-09 6:35]

Hi Christodoulos,
Really excellent photo. The bodies and heads are all nice in focus.
Perfect composition and colours with excellent blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Chris,
Beautiful macro, such exquisite details and love with the transparent wings.
They really are awesome!Regards,Valerian.

Hello Christodoulos,
What can I add to what has already been said above except to say that I agree with all the praise. A wonderful image. Vey well done indeed!!!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-11-09 11:43]

Hello Chris!
This is really a masterpiece, my friend! Wow!!! This is really a great show of technique and art! Many congrats ! And thanks for sharing!
Regards from,

Hello Christodoulos,
This is really big insect into Odonata group.
This is very fast.
Good detalis.
well done.
Have a good day.

Buen encuadre, luz y colores.
Eres un maestro en todas las disciplinas de la fotografía de naturaleza !
Saludos Chris: Josep Ignasi.

Excellent POV and sharpness of this!
TFS, Ferran

Superb capture, Chris. The entire subject is in sharp focus.
I shot a similar dragonfly last year in Delhi, but its tail was not pincer shaped. Rest of the features were almost identical.
TFS and regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-10 17:33]

Hello Christodoulos,
A perfectly captured image of this colorful dragonfly. The detail is exceptional with superb DOF. The fine intricate wing markings are easily seen and very attractive. Beautiful natural colors and a pleasing blurred BG. Very informative notes. Well done!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-12 2:39]

Hello Christodoulos,
What an impressive capture of this beauty from a nice POV. The pose is perfect showing the pincers typical for this species. Excellent focus, sharp details and beautiful colours too.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Hello Christodoulos

Great macro of this insect, with fine POV
and the way diagonally framing in the image
adding dynamism, superb focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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