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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR, Zeikos UV 52mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-16 19:13
Viewed: 3218
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Hello Friends!

Well, surely this is not a great picture of dragonfly, but I'm happy to put a totally blurred brackground for this insect, finally! :)



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Epiprocta
Infraorder: Anisoptera (Selys, 1854)

General: A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, wasps, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic beings.

Some Facts:
-Dragonflies have been around 300 million years. One prehistoric fossil had a wingspan of 2 1/2 feet! Today, the largest dragonfly is found in Costa Rica. It has a wingspan of 7 1/2 inches. Below you’ll find more interesting facts about dragonflies.

-Dragonfly eyes contain up to 30,000 individual lenses. Human eyes only have one.

-They have two sets of wings. They don’t have to beat their wings in unison like other insects do. Their front wings can be going up while their backs ones are going down.

-They only flap their wings at about 30 beats per second (bps) compared to a bee’s 300 bps.

-Excellent and strong fliers, they can loop-the-loop, hover, and fly backwards.

-An Australian variety has been clocked at 36 miles per hour.

-Dragonfly nymphs (the first stage after hatching) live in the water for about a year.

-While underwater they eat mosquito nymphs, tiny fish, and pollywogs. When they have matured to airborne insects, they catch mosquitoes and gnats in mid-air before devouring them.

-After leaving the water and becoming flying insects, they only live for about a month.

-Their natural predators are birds.

-Among the many names for dragonflies around the world are Old Glassy from China, Water Dipper from England and Big Needle of Wings from the ancient Celts.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/8000 sec
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 200 mm
Date Taken: 2011-09-04 10:49
Metering Mode: Spot
File Size: 191 kb

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  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-09-16 21:45]

Perfect macro capture as usual. Excellent work!

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-16 22:43]

Bonjour jesus,
Très belle macro et une très belle attitude dans le mouvement pour cette libellule
Bon Week-end

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-16 23:50]

Hello Jesus.
Excellent POV along with color and detail against a fine BG make this a great photo. Very well done.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus. Super dettaglio e nitidezza staccano contro un grande sgondo. Ottimi i colori.


Excellent capture of the fine details of the wings. Good point of view and nice colours. regards yiannis

Hello Jesús,
great capture of this beautiful Dragonfly with outstanding sharpness and an amazing blurred background. I also like the wonderful colours and the very nice pose. Good job, my compliments.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-17 4:48]

Hello Jesús,
Excellent photo of this dragonfly in great sharpness, details and beautiful bright colours. Taken from a very good POV in a nice composition. Fantastic blurred BG.

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-17 6:28]

why, this is beautiful image of lovely dragonfly with good composition and superb background. tfs.

Hi Jesus,
great photo of this dragonfly. Excellent sharpness with many details. Great point of view. Amazing colours. Suitable background.
Have a nice weekend,

hello Jesus
this is a Super picture
great sharpness good details and super good BG
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

sei sulla strada giusta....un diaframma piu'
chiuso e un tempo piu' breve e di sicuro un treppiede,Jesus!!!
buon W.end sERGIO

Hi Jesus,

This is really great picture of a dragonfly with good light, POV & sharpness.
As you said, the BG is really stunning. Well done & TFS.

Hello Jesus,
Great shot, nice colors, interesting light angle, nice dragonfly with perfect textures an details. Well done!
Regards, TFS

hello jesus,
Excellent focus and very good sharpness.
Nice capture with excellent colors and great good details.
It is a lovely species.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Jesus,
una splendida telemacro con il tipico bellissimo sfondo neutro con un ottimo effetto tridimensionale per questa libellula ripresa da un eccellente punto di vista
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Encantadores colores buen destacados con ese oportuno fondo. Preciosa toma.

... pues sí, mucha calor, el verano empezó fresco, pero llevamos un mes
que superamos diariamente los 35ºC y en esta época esto ya no suele ser normal aquí.

Abrazo y buen Domingo: J. Ignasi.

  • Great 
  • ricx Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
  • [2011-09-18 8:28]

Hi Jesus, I think it is a stunning image of a dragon fly, fantastic close detail keep posting Ricx

Ciao Jesus, gran bella libellula su uno splendido sfondo ompgeneo, ottima profonmdità di campo e splendidi colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-18 19:09]

Hello Jesus,
What an impressive image of this colorful dragonfly. I really like the clean BG and exceptional detail. Wonderful pose on the top of this withered stem. Great work!!

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