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A flower to S. African couple

A flower to S. African couple
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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications I have received, Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-05 8:17
Viewed: 4735
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi dear friends,
Today I'd like to dedicate this Orange Flower in an unusual POV to our lovely South African couple of friends Anna Eksteen
Miss Piggy and Loot Eksteen Loot who have given us great contributions with great postings and useful critiques, always in high style, and I'd like to say that I really admire their work.

Since Dragonflies are always in this site, I'm sure that it is not necessary put notes about them.
I hope they, our friends, and you enjoy this one.

flashpoint, horias, Argus, marianas, nglen, hansh, jlinaresp, Luis52, Miss_Piggy, eng55, loot, chrisruth, Noisette has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-05 8:24]

Hello Francisco,
Great photo of this dragonfly in a special pose. Fantastic sharpness and details. Very beautiful colours in a fine contrast against the BG. Very good POV and composition.

very strange but terrific Pov,Francisco
i like so much!!!good clarity of abdomen and orange wings

thanks and compliments sERGIO

hello Francisco
a super sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
very good BG. and nice light
greeting lou

Ciao Francisco.
Interesting angle to capture this dragonfly.
Good details and colors.Well done.
Friendly regards.Alin.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-05 9:22]

What a great capture this "Orange flower" in an unusual position!
Great shot and great dedication to ours friends!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-05 9:51]

Hello Fransisco,
A great way to depict this dragonfly in the 'hand stand' pose to deduce overheating from the sun. The sharpness and colours are excellent.
The rear POV does indeed make it look like a beautiful flower, which makes it a fine tribute to Loot and Anna1
Thanks and best wishes from a cold and dark Sweden.

Wonderful gift for ours friends from South Africa.
Very good shot!

Ciao Francisco, great POV on wonderful dragonfly, fantastic pose, fine details, splendid golden colors and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Francisco,
Amazing jewel! Very fine capture of this beautiful golden dragonfly with a transparent body. Very well done. Congratulations,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-05 11:32]

Hi Francisco . I am sure both will like this dedication very much. Its a first class close up of this very colourful and unusual looking dragonfly. Taken with such fine detail and warm colours. I like its pose so much. Well taken TFS.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-05 12:04]

Hello Francisco MF.

Another great capture of your of this beautiful orange flower.
I like the POV very much and the spread wings looks realy like a flower.
Your dedication is deserved for Annan and Loot.

Gr. Hans

Ola Francisco,

Céus! certamente você é um fotógrafo com grandes ideias!

Lindo trabalho, muito inteligente. O PDV é difícil, mas você tem tratado de forma magistral.

Outro bom presente para Anna, e vai várias! espero que a operação corra bem e voltar para casa em breve.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-05 18:17]

Hola Francisco.
Hermosa foto, un bello momento capturado aqui en el preciso instante, lleno de colorido y nitidez.
Anna Y Loot deben de estar felices por tan bello regalo.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-05 19:25]

Hi Francisco,
That is an amazing POV of a dragonfly.
Very interesting and unusual.
It does look like a flower with ephemeral petals.
A great tribute to Anna and Loot.
TFS. : )

Dear Francisco
I had some surgery done yesterday where they removed Morton’s neuroma from my foot, and only saw your lovely dedication when I now came to take a glimpse at the response to my own posting done for my 2nd anniversary on Trek Nature. This is such a special dedication and I appreciate the kind thought and noble gesture very much. I am not speaking on Loot’s behalf as I know he will give his own gratitude as soon as time permits. The detail captured on this "flower" is breathtakingly beautiful. The pose in which you captured this Orange Flower is really beautiful and the "fan" effect it created with its wings gives it this extraordinary look. The vertical position of the body is very catchy to the eye and has an almost magnetism to it. The golden colours are unique and displays beautifully against the neutral background. Thanks for thinking of Loot and Anna when you saw this amazing "picture" through your lens. A super image, which have our names on it. Best regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-06 0:09]

Hi Francisco,
Excellent close up.Well seen and composed.Sharpness,details,colors and BG are greeat.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-06 1:38]
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Hi Francisco

First, I have to thank you for you kind words and let me ensure you the admiration is
mutual. Yes, I definitively enjoyed this one. A remarkable pose from this dragonfly. I
cannot remember ever seeing a dragonfly being captured from below. It is quite a hairy
fairy from this angle. The almost perfectly symmetrical posture and capture is thrilling.
The lovely isolated and OOF grey BG is brilliant to enhance the insect that stands out
like a sore thumb in the frame. The fast shutter speed (1/2000 of a second) ensured
you overcame any possible movement issues and made sure to capture remarkable
sharp details. The vertical stance of the subject ensured the F/5 aperture was more
than sufficient to cover the entire range of the dragonfly.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Francisco

Beautiful dedication for Anna and Loot Eksteen.
Quite a different POV, but i must say that i really enjoyed it.
DOF is perfect and the sharp details and vivid colors are all amazing...

Well done and TFS
Kind Regards

Hello Francisco
very special shot and very great POV of this Dragonfly, beautifult focus on the whole insect, good conrast with the wonderful BG
a very great shot TFS

Wow, a wonderful acrobatic act done by this beautiful dragonfly! I love this pic with excellent sharpness, fine details, and nice colors. Well done, Francisco, and thank you for sharing!

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