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My 800th Photo - Bad Luck

My 800th Photo - Bad Luck
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-07 11:01
Viewed: 3262
Points: 52
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Yeah, this is my 800th photo on TN.

A Damselfly.

I was going to post photo from desert or coral reef as my 800th, but everything went wrong... Here is the story.

About month ago I won [in kind of competition] seven days long trip to Sharm El-sheik in Sinai Penisula, Egypt. I was really happy and excited - it was first good thing which happened to me for really long time. I started to plan my trips to desert, to Jerusalem and Dead Sea, to Petra in Jordan and so on. Free four days long diving course was included to my prize so I was ready to see coral reefs and its inhabitants from really close distance. It was happy time - searching infos about Sinai and Red Sea's flora and fauna, reading, buying stuff for trip and waiting.

Two days before flight to Egypt I woke up with hyperpyrexia [over 39C] and intense pain in my throat. Doctor said - streptoangina. Next few days I spended in bed, weak and very, very p****d off. Dreams about desert and coral reefs gone. End of story.

Just call it bad luck.

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Hello Greg,
Congrats on # 800! Yeah:-)
And then I read the 'good' news.
I'm sure next time you'll have 'bad' luck.
And in 'good' times there are always damselflies and damselfly competitions..:-). At least in the season.
Nicely done this photo. Good compo with an OOF background.
Hope you are better now.
Annick with a cold and stuff..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-07 11:12]
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Hi Greg. Firstly i am so sorry to read about your illness and having to cancel your trip. But things happen for a reason and most times for the best.It may not seem that way just yet.
Now a big cangratulations for 800 postings very well done .
The picture as well is just great with good detail and colour. I think a damselfly is right for the big event. i think of you as the damselfly/dagonfly man.
very well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-07 11:15]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Serdeczne gratulacje jak ja to osiagne to chyba juz bede na rencie.Twoj dorobek ogladam czesto i musze powiedziec jest co OGLADAC !!!
Dzisiejsza wazka znowu doskonala .Wspaniale swiatlo i ostrosc kolory do pozazdroszczenia do tego idealne tlo.Grtuluje i zycze nam ,ze Ty tutaj jeszcze dlugo pobedziesz.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-07 12:01]

Hello greg,
Congratulations onyour 800th TN image!
You celebrate it with a fine capture of a female Lestes sponsa with great sharpness against a fine neutral green BG.
I'm sorry to read that your plans for a fine holiday in the Middle east went wrong and I hope you are now recovered from your illness.
Better luck next time!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-07 12:26]

Hello Greg,
I do feel really sorry for you having been all set for this fantastic trip! Couldn't you get another chance due to illness?
Anyway, this Damselfly does very well for your 800th - it is superb!! Congratulations and keep posting many more! A wonderful capture, very sharp and the colours are splendid and stand out beautifully against the green background. Well done!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-07 12:33]

Hi Grzegorz!

Congratulations for your 800th posting. And I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your precious contributions here on TN. Your pictures as well as your notes are of high quality and always a pleasure to look at and to read.

Maybe all the positive feedback will help you to digest the sad story of your trip...

I hope you keep smiling!

Kind regards


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-07 12:57]

Hi Greg,

A nice capture as #800,sorry to hear your trip was cancelled,hope you will get another chance in the future to visit egypt ant the red sea,best regards,


Yes, being sick sure puts a damper on things... :(

Hope you are feeling better now and congratulations on this wonderful image. Excellent detail with good composition. Congrats also on your 800th... :) TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-07 22:34]

Hi Grzegorz.
You have told a very sad story. However, can be so should happen. You know how many incidents happens in Egypt.

But the key point is you are here with us and with amazing 800th picture. My heartfelt congratulations and thanks for your unbelievable contribution. Good luck also are happy.

Brilliant shot with amazing scene and blameless composition. DOF, details and sharpness of the insect and twig are superb. Colours and lights are sweet and framing is precise. Bravo for all.
Yours Alexei.

Hey, Greg, I'm so sorry about your bad luck! This was an opportunity of your lifetime. Never mind; there will be other times to do it.
Congratulations on completing a huge tally of posts on TN! You have truly been prolific both in terms of quality and quantity.
Your 800th image bears your special stamp -- super quality but with no exif data! I am quite dumb with my Sigma 70-300 :-(!!
That total green BG with not even a dot of distraction is sheer magic.
Wish you a speedy recovery and another spell of 800 quality pictures on TN.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-07 23:32]

Hi Greg

I'm so sorry for what happened to you!!! This really is a big bad luck, my friend :(( But at least you could have let me go in your place, don't you think? :)) (only trying yo lift your mood)

Nevermind that now...there will be other times to visit Egypt and go diving etc. The important think is that you are healthy now and it wasn't something else (more serious) that kept you from going.

Now, big congratulations on your 800th post! WOW...now that's really an impressive number :)
And even if this post is not of a desert or some corals, i think this represents you very well, my friend. This is a lovely Western Willow Spreadwing female presented here is a superb light that just makes all the colors stand out so beautifully. The details are spot-on and impeccably sharp and the the DOF is outstanding! A real gem!

BRAVO, TFS and better luck next time :)

Hi Greg

Well done on 800 shots. Unbelievable bad luck. I hope you are OK now. I Really can just imagine how you felt, sooo disapointing. But I agree with the others, these things happen for a reason; so hopefully something good will come out of your misfortune.

Great shot, excellent sharpness and OOF background.

Best wishes

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-08 1:44]

Oh Greg - how sorry I am for you... So, so sorry. oh dear.
And all you can post here now is a D'Fly.
It's no where as good as seeing Sinai and Red Sea's flora and fauna.
Cheer up - I'll give you a green smiley and 2 points for this d'fly

PS Congrats on winning the d'fly contest and this being your 800th Red Greg...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-08 2:53]

Hello Greg, WOW what an achievement. brilliant stuff and a great shot. Ganesh

Hy Greg
I am so sorry for your dab luck...but don't worry...you will have another possibility to go there. Don't throw all the staff that you bought fot the trip.Maybe we will aspect you with something from there at 900 or 1000 post.
This is a very simple imagine, but I like it.
Regards, Oana

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-08 8:25]

Hello Greg,
What a bad luck! I hope you getting better now.
But congratulations on your 800!!! posting. You celebrate this with a perfect one. Everything in this photo is gorgeous. High quality!!!
Hope to see a lot more of your work.

Hello Greg,

Congratulations with your 800th photo on TN.
Bad news that your where ill.
About this picture, good composition and razor sharp.
Beautiful colours and bg, exellent pov.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-08 9:45]

Hello Grzegorz,

I am very sorry about missing the trip. I do agree with Nick that things happen with a reason and hopefully for the best.
Congratulations for your 800th post. As usually the image has a very high quality starting with sharpness and ending with the background. The black point from insect's eye look fascinating.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-08 13:50]

What a bummer! That must be so frustrating :-(
I'm sure everything happens for a reason.
This is a superb shot.
Perfect for your 800th!
Excellent composition.
Superb sharpness.
What species is this?

Well done Grzegorz,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-09 11:40]

Hi Greg,

Congratulations on your 800th. Wow - that's a lot of wonderful photos. So sorry to read your sad story - hope you are fine now. A beautiful damselfly to celebrate with. It is picture perfect - colors, details, pose, background and composition are all superb. Here's to the next 800.


Ciao Grzegorz, congratulations for your splendid 800 post on TN, elegant damselfly with fantastic colors, perfect focus with wondeful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, a superb macro, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-10 1:18]

Hi Greg,
I am sorry to read what has happened :o( Hope you are feeling better now. I am sure you will have another chance to go there on your own.
Congrats on your 800th posting :o)
Neat background, POV, composition, details and the framing are very nice.
All the best,

Hello Grzegorz,

Splendid capture of this damselfly. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Great detail and colours. This time I do not like the plain background that much. It gives the impression that you changed the colour with a software.
Congratulations for your 800th post. I am very sorry for your bad luck.

Excellent image Greg, fantastic actually :)
Congrats on 800 posts, and so sorry to hear of your unfortunate circumstances.
As John Steinbeck said, "The best laid plans of mice & men often go awry".
Hold onto your dreams mf.

Cześć Grzegorz
Rzeczywiście miałeś pecha z tym wyjazdem do Egiptu. No ale na pewno jeszcze się uda i zobaczysz zarówno pustynię, jak i rafy (a jest tam co oglądać).
Wracając do tematu, czyli zdjęcia, to tu nie masz żadnego pecha i zdjęcie jest super.
Ostre, dobrze skomponowane i bardzo ładne kolorystycznie.

Czesc Grzesiu
Fotka na taka okazje idealna. Piekna, ostra. Tlo, kompozycja, ostrosc wszystko idealne. Chyba masz najwieksza galerie na TN ;-) Przykro slyszec ze takie fajne wakacje w taki paskudny sposob Ci przepadly ;-( Zycze wielu fajnych przyrodniczych wycieczek oczywiscie bez anginy

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-23 3:46]

Hi Greg,
One can understand your predicament even as you posted this shot.But i hope you are now well out of the mood by now.
Congratu;ations on the milestone.
A very fine macro to celebrate with.The green BG suports your subject's colours excellently. The sharpness, focus and details make this a very fine piece of work.
TFS and cheers

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