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Wet and Cold

Wet and Cold
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1.4X II
Exposure: f/11, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 19:37
Viewed: 4652
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greetings everyone,
Again I have to apologise for my absence lately. Work and other obligations have kept me from participating lately. I have been working on my website and photography business in my limited spare time.

I finally managed and early morning trip to our local nature center. A cool front came thru and gave us our first cool morning and a heavy dew. This guy was covered in dew and to cold to fly at this point. This gave me time to set up my tripod and work close to him.

Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis

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Hello Scott,
Really nice to see you back!!
as usual with perfect photo in sharpness, clarity, awesome colour and so much details
the dew is so amazing and beautiful!
thank you for sharing
greeting always to you

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-09-12 22:32]

Hi Scott,
So good to see you. : )
Wow, what exquisite details on this frosted dragonfly.
The exposure is perfect and turns the dew on the wings into glistening jewels.
Beautiful blue on the body. Love the DOF.
TFS. : )

Hi Scott,
Poor dragonfly being cover with ice cold dew. Sharp image and lovely color. POV and composition are great.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-09-12 23:21]

Bonjour Scott,
I was absent too ;-) Superb close-up for this lovely wet & cold insect...
The "+++" : nice subject, droplets, pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, good blurred background, colors, exposure...
The "-" : perhaps a bit centered...
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing,

Hello Scott,
Not often to see one of these guys with wet wings!
Very attractive capture, superb details and fine natural colours...
An excellent image with good informational value!
Pablo -

Hi Scott, Very nice capture on this Blue Dasher stunning detail and colours just beautiful, well done nice work, Cheers Rick

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-09-13 0:33]

Hello Scott
fine picture of this dasher. That's always a great sight to see the morning dew on the wings of a dragonfly.
Nice colour combination between the blue's and green's. Although absolute symmetry can be boring in pictures, I think think it would have been nice not to see the 'plant'. but that is just a very minor nit.
Regards, Jacob

Hi Scott

Wow, what a beautiful dragon. Stunning colour and well captured BTW.
Excellent sharpness, POv, DOF and composition.
Love the dew on the wings, makes agreat shot.


Hi Scott
Looks like frozen dragonfly :-) Very nice moment. Beautiful photo. Perfect sharpness great OOF homogenous buckground. I like it very much
Best wishes

Hi Scott,
Cool..Or should I say "really" cool :)
Love the "wet" look here, Dragons are not often seen/photographed this way..
Excellent DOF, colors, POV, exposure, sharp details, and composition. Well seen from this great BG also.
Very well done!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-13 4:54]

Hi Scott,
This picture is awesome! Poor little guy with this cold dew over him :(
Beautiful sharp and colorful photo. Great composition and POV

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-13 6:42]

Hello Scott,
Good to see you back! And with a superb capture of a beautiful dragonfly covered in dew. Really wonderful, all in focus, great sharpness and the colour is beautiful. Perfect dark green background and well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-09-13 6:55]

Hi Scott

This is absolutely amazing!!!
The vivd colors here make it look so alive yet the frosty water on its wings give it a distant and ...well...dead look. It's amazing how these two totally different "feelings" blend so well here.

Other than that, this is a gorgeous species that i'd LOVE to encounter oneday and take some nice photos of.
You did an excellent job here and the level of details you managed to obtain from this shot is impressive.
Very good POV and impeccable DOF, too with the exact and correct exposure...as usual.

Take care my friend and TFS

bonjour scott
je ne sais pas si c'est du givre ou des goutellettes d'eau,mais c'est tres etonnant.cela apporte un coté unique a cette photo.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-13 9:22]

Hello Scott,
Great to see you back in action on TN!
This is a fantastic capture of a dew-laden Dragonfly, the shot being attractive not only because of the wonderful blue of the dragon but the dew-drops on the wings.
Excellent sharpness, composition and bokeh.
An extraordinary shot!
Well done and TFS!

Perfection Scott, this is really fantastic, I love the dorsal view of these creatures it shows everything about them, and you diod it with accuracy, both colors(love the blue)and details are 'very cherry'I like the droplets of dew adhered to the subject, it's like a sugar-glazed treat. Very nice. :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-13 10:20]

Hi Scott,

Nice to see you again! Wonderful post for your comeback. This Blue Dasher almost looks frozen. The frost on the wings and the body is just amazing. Beautiful composition, sharp details, and wonderful colors. A very rare shot.


Hi Scott,
Apology accepted especially since you were busy what I consider one of the most important things in live.
I've seen manu dragonfly photos on TN, but never one that was covered in dew. It does make the dragonfly even more beautiful. The awesome blue color of the dragon is also a new to me. The fact that it gives such great contrast with the soft green BG is wonderful. The details and DOF are magnificent.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-13 15:46]

So glad to see you back again!
Super colours, outstanding sharpness and a very fine composition.
I would guess this little one wasn't going to be flying too far for a while, eh?
Hope to see lots more of your work

Oh...Poor little thing :) It is the first time I see such a picture! Details on its wings are amazing, very sharp and beautiful! I like this natural exposure a lot and those great colors. I hope it woke up after some time... Thanks,

Hello Scott

The focus on the pearls of water is fantastic!
The composition is a classic one but the sharpness and the colors are wonderful.

Thank you for sharing.


Poor guy seems to be frosted over, Scott.
This razor sharp image shows the dew on the creature beautifully.
The general blue color of the dragonfly is also very attractive.

I too have been somewhat over-busy with my new assignment and feel guilty when I make erratic appearances on TN and sometimes fail to return the favors on critiques.
Warm regards,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-14 12:50]

Scott, this is a masterpiece. Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. I like bg and contrast too. Congratulations.

Hello Scott fine details and good find with the dew, nice pov pefect dof good work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-09-14 19:58]

Wow! Beautiful picture, Scott! Excellent sharpen details and nice colours! Well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-15 7:19]

Hello Scott! You've done a fine macro job on the Blue Dasher. Great background, very sharp and a great exposure. Well done !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-15 20:52]

Hello Scott

A beautiful photo of this dragonfly.The POV and DOF are excellent.The colours are vibrant,and the blue is a wonderful shade of blue.The Focus is spot on with excellent details,the wings are amazing and the water droplets are well captured.It looks fantastic against the OOF BG.TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-15 21:31]

Hi Scott.
First of all I again wish you successes in your photo business. You have all for it and first of all taste and talent.

Your dragonfly covered by dew is really superb. At the picture all the best: crisp sharpness of the whole insect and stem, amazing pictorial smooth BG, nice vivid colours, excellent lighting, cropping and composition. First cool days are great helper of macro photographer indeed. Bravo. Perfect job.

Welcome Back Scott
Very nice capture of this Blue Dasher. I really like the dew on the wings. Great detail,sharpness and color.........

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-09-16 7:07]

hi Scott
ohoh what a very nice shot of this D.F. Well done to have shoot in the moring, the fine drops add a nice and original effet in these wings. Good color and dof.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-16 9:38]

Hello Scott
What a curious capture you did here with this beautiful dragonfly covered in dew! I love the color of its body and the fine details of the image.
A great and beautiful job!
Congratulations and thank you very much for giving us a little time too. I know how hard is sometimes to find it.
My best regards

Hello Scott
Being a fisherman before I took up photography I know how these fellas soak up the sun before they can do anything in thier short life cycle. You have produced a fantastic picture showing something I have never seen before..Great shot Scott and TFS

Beautiful! What a fun place to visit!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-18 3:08]

Hi Scott,
Good to see you back.
Outstanding shot with the dew on its wings looking fantastic. I had posted a similar picture long time back. Very sharp image with lovely blue colours. Great lighting and focus. Excellent POV and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Scott,
poor dragon - but lucky Scott - to see this wonderful moment. It's an excellent shot, I like it very much.
These dragons are so beautiful and amazing, thanks for this pretty one
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Scott!
This is a very unique picture! Not only perfectly presented, beautiful and colourful dragonfly, but moreover, a dragonfly with water. I always wanted to do picture like this one! Really fantastic photo! :)
My best congratulation because of this great image and best greetings from Poland!

PS. Just for fun, please feel free to see a dragonly covered by something different here ;>

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