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Imm. Red-veined Darter

Imm. Red-veined Darter
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 22:44
Viewed: 3792
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

This is an immature male. When he is mature he will have a bright red abdomen and the orange-yellow wing veins will become red. One of the characteristics of the species is the bluish underside of the eyes.

The Red-veined darter is often common in many parts of the Mediterranean but rarer further north. It is the only European species of darter that ranges south to the warm parts of Africa and Asia.

I took this at the Albufera wetland nature reserve noted for its bird-life early in the morning while he was warmiing up. It was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 2 meters (6.5 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Günaydın dostum Ivan
Nice to start the day with such a great post. main parts very sharp focused. Super POV/OOF and colors. more critique unnecassary. Great work indeed. Thanks for sharing. I wish you and Ulla have a nice day with great shots, birds and insects.

Hi Ivan,

This is stunningshot of a Red-veined darter, the lighting is beautiful. Pin sharp detail in the body and wings, perfect framing, stands out beautifully against the natural background,

Cheers Rick :)

The impact of the early morning light is palpable here in the shape of the light bouncing off this young fellow's wings, Ivan.
It is a very impressive shot of this sleek dragonfly with exceptional clarity and natural colours.
TFS and regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-05 0:14]

Hi Ivan

A splendid shot of this beautiful young fellow :)
This is a lovely Sympetrum species and one that i haven't seen yet at all...so thanks for sharing really.
The side POV here is excellent and together with the shallow DOF it focuses all the viewer's attention on the body shape and colors of this d-fly. The pattern in well visible, the brighter parts on the thorax (even if through the wing) are also clearly shown and the typical eyes are there to make sure your id is 100% correct.
The overall exposure is spot-on, the BG is lovely and the composition is classic yet great.

Bravo and TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-05 0:54]

Hello Ivan
A beautiful posting. The colours are exquisite. The detail in the Darter is excellent.
Best regards Siggi

hello ivan,
lovely presentation of the Red-veined Darter , the focus is spot on and the details are good, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Merhaba Dostum Ivan,
Surely today is going to be a dragonfly day, yours is the second perfect capture I noticed in two minutes! A fine individual within a fine composition constructed by a revealing lateral viewpoint captured in the correct DOF, your tele lens left the BG surrealistically OOF. Altogether a beautiful macro scene Ivan, I tried to lift some of the brownish layers to produce a more dramatic BG, hope you won't find it too offensive.

Hi Ivan,

great macro shot of this female Red-veined Darter.
good of details and with beautiful colours and pov.
I have never been seen tis before.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-05 1:34]

Hi Ivan,

A nice and pleasant upload,well captured against a great oof BG,well composed and tfs


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-05 1:48]

Hello Ivan,

The body of the insect is so well shown having good details and very fine, natural looking colors. You have shown so well the yellow ving veins shining in the light. The sharpness you have shown the imsect is enhaced by the blurry background. The whole image has a good composition adding value to the photo.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-05 2:13]

Hi Ivan
What a super shot of the juvenile Red-veined Darter. It is interesting to see it so clearly and sharply. Well done on how the sun is shining on his wings and making it so good to see.
Good shot

Hi Ivan,
Excellent close-up picture of Red-veined Darter. Composition and POV are great, details sharp, nice low DOF and blurred BG.

Reserves and Preserves are such wonderful things Ivan. There should be many more of them...but lucky for you this one is close by. A fine image and as always wonderful notes.

Your DOF was in high gear here...You focused perfectly no9 the body which you speak to in your notations...Well written and captured.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-05 6:21]

Hello Ivan,
Another beauty in exceptional sharp details and clear colours. Very beautiful light. Excellent contrast against the blurred BG. Very good POV and composition.

Hola Ivan, excelente macro, buena composición, nitida y buen detalle.
Buena luz y fondo limpio y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-05 9:14]

Hello Ivan, Good shot and a nice view. Excellent sharp picture. Ganesh

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-05 9:24]

Hi Ivan. A fine side POV of this Red Veined Darter. A very good shine on the wings and natural colours . with fine detail in the body and head. The DOF sets it of well. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-05 12:02]

Hi Ivan,

I am always amazed by the extent of your knowledge!! And by your photographic skills. A wonderful young Darter with the sparkling wings. Is that a hint of the red that they will become? Excellent colors and details from one end to the other. A nice position showing his head off very well.


Hi Ivan, a good shot with sharpnes focused to the body. The soft background of uncharp green grass and yellow flowers is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ivan, a superb macro capture of this Red-veined darter. As you known I also captured so many shot from this species. I will start to upload them in TL in near future. TFS this fine image my friend.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-05 18:00]

Hello Ivan,
Splendid composition with great focus and wonderful colors. You do these macro images so well Ivan, thanks for sharing.

hello Ivan

excellent shot of this insect with superb focus, fine POV and framing,
and excellent sharpness and details of the insect,
i love the all blurred background, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-05 23:47]

Hi Ivan

Great work here - your use of the available light is excellent. Great pose and detail too.


Ciao Ivan,
bellissima cattura di libellula, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione, mi piacciono molto le tonalità dei colori e la luce calda (personalmente penso che si debba mantenere il più possibile la temperatura colore del momento dello scatto; in WS mi sembra che si voglia rendere neutra la luce e questo non corrisponde alla realtà visiva), super definizione esaltata dallo stupendo OOF BG, bellissimi i riflessi di luce sulle ali.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-06 4:42]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful light on this immature Sympetrum fonscolombii creating a very special and fine ambiente for this picture. Too bad to change the colours.. Good composition too. Interesting also to see the immature specimen, it can be a great help for the ID.
Bonne journée

Hi Ivan, great focus on fantastic dragonfly, lovely blurri BG, beautiful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
very good shot on this Red-veined Darter!
great dof with great sharpness, nice colour/lighting and superb details here!
excellent composition indeed

Hello Ivan,
Very nice dragonfly image. Outstanding color and well exposed.
Excellent details, well composed, & a great BG to set it off.
Well done!

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