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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonfly with prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 9:01
Viewed: 2980
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Damselfly (Suborder Zygoptera) is an insect in the Order Odonata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along the body when at rest. Furthermore, the hindwing of the damselfly is essentially similar to the forewing, while the hindwing of the dragonfly broadens near the base, caudal to the connecting point at the body. Damselflies are also usually smaller, weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated.

This is a Coromandel Marsh Dart catching its kill. I was infact beating around the grasses trying to take shots of this small fly. I could manage a few unsatisfactory shots and as I set about for another take it was suddenly and swiftly picked up by this damselfly. I was amazed at their skill as it caught it by the stomach, the soft part, and pierced into it with their sharp teeth. A split of second......and it was all over, in front of my eyes. I was only left with this shot.

Difficult light conditions, soggy environment and mosquitoes swarming around. Hand held shot lying flat on the ground (I have an anuual contract with the local laundry man).

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera (Selys, 1854)

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Wow,What an amazing photo..Very nice,Fantastic shot of this macro photo!

great action capture wonderful focus and colors good DOF

Hi Sumon,

This is a very good picture. Perfect focus, DOF, BG and composition. Very good pose too. Well done.


Absolutely fascinating shot! Such a clear closeup. Wonderful!

Hi Sumon,
This beautiful and slender damselfly is actually an avid killer. Focus and exposure setting are on the spot. The action is clearly record and well seen. POV and composition are great. Very well done.

Perfect. Great shoot

Hi Sumon,
hey hey - a very great catch - the prey is so big - a good dinner for the damselfly.
I like the colours of this one so much, very good shot, nice moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-29 12:34]

Hello Sumon

The DOF and POV are excellent.Super sharp focus and details.The colours are wonderful.An excellent composition.TFS


Another wonderful shot Sumon.
This damselfly is a new one to me,and the fact that it has prey is a real bonus.
The green is beautiful,especially as it is on the blade of grass.
The detail is exquisite.
An excellent job.
Well done.

This is a pure action shot, Sumon, unpremeditated and sudden. No wonder you didn't have enough time to get the entire damselfly within the frame!
Events such as this one make a wonderful video footage provided we are prepared for that mode. But then we can share only pictures here on TN.
The image is technically excellent with light playing a vital role in it.
I like your "annual contract" with the local laundryman! Every avid nature photographer needs one, I believe!

bonjour sumon
cette demoiselle a un apetit d'ogre,sa proie est plus grosse qu'elle!
belles couleurs et bonne netteté.
bon POV et BG assez bien fait.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-29 15:58]

hi, well presented pose with splendid colours,nice pose and BG with good compo TFS wel done

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-29 19:47]

Hello Sumon,
I love the colors in this composition, very vibrant and well saturated.
The close up is great, very nice focus on the detai and the sharpness is excellent.

Hola Sumón,
Espectacular toma de este momento de captura, la definición y el detalle son fantásticos. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Sumon,
Same spiece as the one i just posted but i love the action in your photo. Vivid colours with a good DOF, POV and sharpness.
great shot,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-11-27 23:27]

Hello Sumon,
a very sharp and amazing shot of this damselfly. the wings are clearly seen like a net.
Lovely colours rendered in a brilliant composition.
Diagonal formation is very effective.


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