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Box of Chocolates

Box of Chocolates
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 9:45
Viewed: 2907
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
You know what? I like every creature. Almost. I just hate aphids. They're totally useless, weird and leave bad looking stains on light t-shirts, when you crush them. I hope everyone agree that world would be better place without these insects. But there is also light side. Aphids are tasty, at least for damselfies and lady birds. This damselfly is like hungry child alone with box of delicious chocolates.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-10 9:49]

Hi Greg. I am sure the aphid i here for a reason but i am not to sure what, as you say this damselfly is enjoying them. You have a clear well detail close up of the blue with natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello Grzegorz,

Excellent capture of this damselfly and the aphids. Superb composition. Excellent sharpness. Splendid colours. I like aphids, they are food for a lot of insects. Otherwise no ladybird, no syrphid flies...

Hy Greg
I totally agree with you regarding aphids. I don't like them, they kill plants,are sticky... Let's make an aphid farm only for damselfly and ladybirds.
PS: i would like to put also a smiley face...but i don't find them anymore...

Hi, Greg,

excellent capture with bright and attractive colours! very well done. tfs.

just want to say Hi before I take a half-year break from TN. many thanks for the encouragement, pointers and insightful notes all along. i have had a great time at TN. But I guess it's time for me to stay focused on my study and the Final Exam, which is just about 5 months away.

take care, my TN friend. I will certainly miss you and other photography mentors here.

take care!!

Man Yee

Hi Greg,
Wow! Look at all that fantastic detail, this is really a nice macro. You hate aphids, I hate mosquitos! The only animal on this planet I cant stand. Beautiful OOF backdrop.
Paul :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-10 11:11]

Hello Greg,
I agree on your human sentiments about aphids but I think they have a role to play in the complex ecology of nature and not just ladybirds, but hoverflies, other insects and birds feed on them. They also produce honeydew on leaves of certain trees and this is appreciated by other insects like butterflies.
But I don't like them in my garden!
Great sharp shot of this damselfly with a bit of action! :))
I have never seen damselflies eat aphíds.
TFS this fine contribution,

Nicely done, Greg.
A happy dragonfly and photographer.:-)
I quite like these aphids actually...
Thanks for sharing

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-10 11:49]

Hi Grzegorz!

Today you do not only present us - as usually - a technically perfect and very beautiful picture, but you also surprise us with your notes. Although I don't believe there are any useless creatures on this planet (except us... mybe), I find your text humerous and... wish the dmselfly a good appetite!


Kind regards


No ja to chyba troche oprotestuje! ;> Moze i wyjsciowe specjalnie nie sa na koszulkach ;) ale i pozyteczna tez sa! Przyklad - w mirobiologii sadowniczej tych robalkow uzywa sie czaem jako "mikropipet" - gdyz moga swoimi aparatami gebowymi (typ klujaco ssacy) wbijac sie nawet w pojedyncze komorki roslin! :)
Swoja droga fajne zdjecie - cos a la wilk w owczesj zagrodzie. Tylko ciekawi mnie, czy ten Ceanagrion zjadal je, czy tez w ogole sie nie interesowal mszycami :)

Hello Greg.
More a wonderful picture!
Excellent wealth of details!
Fantastic coloration and definition.
All always, very well done!
José Roberto

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-10 22:34]

Hi Grzegorz,

Interesting situation you have captured in your image! You have chosen a very well adapted DOF keeping in focus both damselfly and aphides. Inescts and leaf benath are shown in great sharp detaisl. Color rendering is very good too showing natural color tones.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-09-10 23:18]

Siemasz Wieko!
Bardzo ciekawa fotka i calkiem fajna scenka. Zdjecie oczywiscie zrobione i przyciete perfekcyjnie ;)
Co do mszyc to sa one mi zupelnie obojetne :)

Hi Greg,
A nice capture of this beautiful damselfly enjoying the aphid meal. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-11 3:17]

Hi Greg

We might not like different kind of animals, but i think that they all have their purpose and reason for existing in nature.
Even so, this is a very nice shot, but doesn't count since you've already posted this species before. I did see that you didn't number it, though ;)

However, the Coenagrion species are all very beautiful and "shootable" and your capture here underlines this statement. The gorgeous natural contrast between the blue damsel and the leaves and BG is really attractive.
Add to the a great sharpness, spot-on DOF and some little colorful aphids and you've got a great shot! :)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Greg

great shot of these lovely little chocolates :) Great looking damsel too. I hope he ate them all.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-11 9:48]

Hi Grzegorz.
Brilliant true macro shot with plenty attractive creatures. Their reproduction is amazing. Details, sharpness, lights and colours are the best. I also like wonderful reflection of the leaf and colourfull nicely blurred BG. Great job. Bravo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-11 14:39]

Hi Greg,
fantastic macro!
I know what you mean about those squishy things called Aphids :-)
Very sharp with great detail.
Excellent composition.

Very well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-11 21:36]

Hello Greg, This is brilliant composition.Excellently thought and beautifully done. Ganesh

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Ponoc zycie jest jak pudelko czekoladek (to dla wazki) ale ponoc jest to tez smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa (to dla biednych mszyc) Ale dosyc tych filmowych porownan ;-) Fajne zestawienie, ale tez nie wiem co ta wazka moze z tymi stworami robic. Ladny kadr, dobra ostrosc

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