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Common Bluetail

Common Bluetail
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Sigma 72mm MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mating, Australian Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-19 1:17
Viewed: 4397
Points: 54
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Common Bluetail Damselfly (Ischnura heterosticia)

Family: Coenagrionidae.

Size: 34mm.

Common Bluetail Damselflies are one of the most common damselflies found in Sydney water. The male damselfly is brightly blue in colour with black abdomen. The female damselfly is pale blue to greyish-green in colour. They usually rest on the plants either in the middle of ponds or at the water edges.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-19 2:10]
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very good double Chi,
the quatity is very nice and the shot is well made, the composition is nice too, well done.
gr. jaap

Wow!!! What a shot! What action! incredible sharpness and fantastic colors!! TFS!

Hi Chi

Excellent shot. I can clearly see the hairs on the top of the head and down their bodies. An amazing shot. :-)

Hi Chi,
I love such moments so much, always an amazing moment to see them mating.
I also had the idea to present a couple of damselflies today without knowing you also have some here. They are lovely, it always seems they are watching us very well and the female looks like she's smiling ;-)
Thanks for sharing, beautiful
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-19 4:48]

Hi Chi,

Amazing shot Chi. I like to see these acrobats working. Great details and composition.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-19 4:50]

Stunning photo Chi!
Perfect on everything!
Better it's impossible!
Above scale!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-19 6:10]
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Hi Chi
Cool moves. These damselflies gives a whole new meaning to the idea of 'connecting'. Great stuff. The two sets of wings are almost in a perfect trapezium.
Very good composition & POV, lovely colours, spot-on DOF showing sharp details and displaying those patterns in the wings, perfect BG, and the exposure is on the button.
Excellent work. TFS.

PS. This is the 4th posting in 2 days which the 'alert' system did not warn me of. Some it does and some it doesn’t.

Hi Chi,
Very good picture of this species!
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Chi Liu,

grat macro photo, Well capture the colors are awsome detais DOV well done, TFS Kyle

A perfect shot as usual from you, Chi. These mating insects make such interesting compositions; you have captured one so well here.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-19 10:14]

Hello Chi,
a wonderful capture. Great macro, nice sharpness and excellent colors. Nice composition.

Hello Chi! Astounding clarity here! I love the perfect depth of field and bokeh effect here! A very lovely photo!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-19 11:18]

Hello Chi!
Magnneficent close up.I liked POV,details,sharpness,colors,simple BG and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-19 11:45]

Hello Chi,
A very nice double.
Good sharp detail and excellent DOF.
Great shot.


Superb image with excellent composition and dof. The light is spot on too. And their colour are impressive..
Well done Chi...

Nice shot of these two lovers in paradise the colors and details are fantastic Chi. :)

Hello Chi, well captured they are both nicely in focus and well detailed, we too have a blue-tailed damselfly, ours is called (I. elegans), Might be worth compairing them to this pair I captured a while back Blue-tailed Damselfies Wheeled
TFS yours Robert

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-19 17:13]

I love the composition on this one, Chi Liu.
The wings of the mating dragonflies are parallel to each other, right above the two intersecting blades of grass. Very sharp details of the pair, beautiful colors, great DOF. TFS. : )

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-03-19 20:06]

Hi Chi!

It's a classic, but when it's well done, than it's always a pleasure for the eyes.
Sharp and well exposed image, detach beautifully against the blured BG.

Excellent work and TFS.

Hi Chi,
Very nice symmetrical capture you have here. Fantastic sharpness, great colours and perfect exposure.

Hello Chi!
this is an excellent macro. So much details. excellent sharpness, great colours/lighting and very nice bg. Magnificent! This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-23 4:54]

Hi Chi, great macro. Good POV, colour and Deatil. TFS.

Well done Chi. Perhaps not quite as good as your usual standard, but an impressive image nevertheless.

Hello Chi Liu,
Very nice work. These pairs are very difficult to get right (DOF), but you've done a fantastic job..Very well done!

Great shot. the image is so clear and defined. Great composition and DOF. Very nice work

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-17 11:03]

Hi Chi,

Wow!!! What a shot! What action! incredible sharpness and fantastic colors!

TFS :-)

I am under impression!! verry verry good photo. Super composition and colors.

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