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Aeshna mixta

Aeshna mixta
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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: 2011-10-30
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-02 5:36
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aeshna mixta Latreille 1805
Migrant Hawker

I took this photo with a 500 mm lens from a distance of 4 m. Then I took some photos using a 100 mm lens from a distance of 80 cm. In my WS I am posting one of these photos for comparison. The photo with the 100mm lens has better detail but the BG is more complicated. Any comment is welcomed.

Aeshna mixta is a large dragonfly in the family Aeshnidae.
The male has blue marking on the abdomen and a characteristic T shaped mark on the second segment of the abdomen. The upper part of the eyes is blue and the lower is brown. On the thorax there are two greenish-yellow stripes separated by dark brown areas. The markings on the side of the thorax are different from the markings of the very similar species Aeshna affinis which has greenish yellow sides of thorax with fine black lines.
The female is brown with yellow or yellowish-blue markings.

Aeshna mixta is found throughout central and southern Europe, north Africa, the Middle East and across Asia to China and Japan. As it is a migratory species it can occur outside its normal range and in recent years it has been spreading northwards. It has been seen on the wing in all months of the year but most commonly from July to Late October or early November.

In Cyprus Aeshna mixta is a local species found at costal wetlands mainly from September to November.

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Ciao MF Christodoulos. Magnificent vertical for the lovers taken in excellent details and sharp. Fabolouse light and best colours.


Hallo Christodoulos
Great capture as usual. Details like the curved bodies of both the insects, the hairiness, the spikes on the paws and most of all the beautiful colours are skillfully captured and well seen. This is an excellent macro with super focus. Thanks for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-02 6:45]

Excellent image with wonderful details and colors, its hard to approach these shy dragonflies here. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb captured of this fantastic moment, excellent sharpness details against the background, great point of view, good composition and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Ciao Chrisodoulos, great capture of fantastic maiting couple, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-02 7:22]

Hello Christodoulos,
A photo in your normal quality, so impressive and splendid!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-02 7:31]

Another splendid composition, Christodoulos!
Great sharpness, fine detail and perfect light, fantastic colours, excellent POV, very nice background. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Chris,

Lovely composition!
Captured from a good POV with fine details & colors.
The sharpness is great & good light. Well done & TFS.

Hello Christodoulos.
This is another really impressive photo. The colours and details are superb. A lovely pose of the subject. Well seen and captured.Best regards Paolo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-02 8:06]

A very lucky meeting and a fantastic capture,great choice of point of view,the best of sharpness and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,
fine capture of this special moment with good sharpness and beautifully natural colours. I especially like their pose and the way they are related together and I also like the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos,
Another excellent macro image. Lovely natural colors and perfect focus.
The clarity, light, exposure and sharpness are superb.
It is a wonderful capture from close range with impressive details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-02 10:11]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this mating Aeshna mixta, TFS!

Hello Christodoulos,
Exallant timme for taking photo :)
Well done.
This type dragon make about 70 km for a hour.
This is very fast.
It can keep many different insect and orthopter, efc.
Very good photo.
Have a good night.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-02 11:48]

Hello Christodoulos.
Excellent shape! Great moment you captured. These shots are just fascinating artistic and educational simultaneously. Well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-02 11:52]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent close-up of this dragonflys. Fantastic colours,composition and details.
Background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Christodoulos,
amazing photo of these dragonflies. Great point of view. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Amazingly beautiful dragonflies in a symmetrical formation making a very beautiful pattern. regards yiannis

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-11-02 15:06]

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful image of thse pair in love with excellent sharpness,colors and details.Amazing composition.
Have a nice night,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-11-02 15:39]

Olá Christodoulos exelente foto de qualidade muito boa, este tipo de inseto é muito dificil fotografar e voce pegou na hora exata, meus parabéns.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb macro, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, point of view, depth of field and composition are excellent
Best regards

EXCELLENT!!!! HEART ON! :0) i'm jealous..still haven't been able to capture this one yet KUDOS

Hi Christodoulos,
It is a very fine photo with a good image. Insects are presented with a good sharpness and the mild light renders fine the natural colors.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-03 1:51]

Bonjour Christodoulos, great close-up and more over with a 500 mm lens... congratulations. Brightness colors and perfect sharpness. Very nice blurred BG too. Well done, best regards, Didier;

Hi Christodoulos,
Amazing photo of these dragonflies . Great point of view. Excellent sharpness and composition.

Hallo Christodoulos

Good composition :)sharpness and colour very nice...TFS


Hi Christodoulos,
a fine picture of the dragonflies in the wheel position.
High standard as usual, accurate WB, well exposed and good sharpness.
The DF stand out well against the BG.
Well done, mf.

I have sent you an e-mail.

Hi Chris, this picture I like it very much for the moment you've captured, personally I have only one shot with both dragons fly matting but not so good,
congratulations !

ciao, tino

Hallo Christodoulos,
As usual a extraordinary exposure. Excellent focus with detail/ sharpness and the most amazing colours. Well done my friend.

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent macro of these lovers, fine POV and
appropriate vertical framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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