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A killing glance ...

A killing glance ...
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 2:11
Viewed: 3548
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello on this cold day here in Germany.
It's snowing outside and I had a look at my shots of the warm summer days.
I stopped at this shot because of this almost angry looking eyes - a little hypnotising ...

It seems this Pyrrhosoma nymphula - Large Red Damselfly - Frühe Adonisjungfer - female wasn't amused to see me so close in front of her.

I had the great luck to have this insect in my garden last summer, we built a small pond there and the insects are satisfied with it ;-)

I put a little picture of the whole damsel in a corner.

Enjoy your day - I have a public-holiday today - Epiphany - so I'm happy ;-)

Argus, Miss_Piggy, boreocypriensis, uleko, cataclysta, Pearl, horia, ramthakur, zulfu, flashpoint, eng55, nglen, Noisette, Alex99, trekks, eqshannon, marhowie, hester has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-06 2:17]

Hello Sabine,
What a fierce-looking female!
This frontal close macro makes her really look mean!
Nice sharp capture of a female P. nymphula taken from a great frontal POV to show the head and thorax with excellent detail.
Thanks for sharing this horror!
Enjoy your Epiphany Day: it is a public holiday for us too.;-)

Hallo Sabine
If looks could kill, this look would have killed me instantly. A very appropriate title for your image, Sabine. This macro is super sharp, well focused and pleasantly composed. I like the almost metallic colours that come across. The fine hairs on the face are very clearly seen and I just like the huge eyes a lot. It almost looks as if they are buffed for the occasion. I like the insert on the image of the fuller picture of this insect. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hi Sabine,
a nice frontal picture with sharp details but
for me is the contrast, light and shadows are to hard.
In the spring who comes soon, PLS, my friend try to leave the flash at home and bring the tripod instead.
I know you have the skill to take great macros with the flash as main light.
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-06 3:50]

Hello Sabine,
Superb macro of my favourite, P. nymphula! Interesting details, especially the eyes and fine colours too. I like the inserted full view of the damselfly too. Very well done!
TFS and have a nice day! Ulla

Hi Sabine a great title and perfect portrait macro of this damselfly from frontal POV. Details, sharpness and DOF are excellent!
TFS and cheers,

Hi Sabine
Face to face with a killer ;-) Great double presentation and great PS work. Great sharpness, nice saturated colors
I like it very much

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-01-06 4:35]

Hi Sabine,

Wow! this is an excellent macro of the damselfly. The presentation is unique and brilliant. You really have a keen eye which gives me great pleasure to look at your post. This in particular has a very nice tone, lovely vibrant and rich colors, the details are crisp and clear. Lovely composition and POV with good DOF. The focusing, lighting, sharpness are splendid. A killer looks exactly ;-). TFS.


this is very detailed and sharp picture,
great DOF and very nice POV,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-06 4:55]

Hi Sabine

Another exemplary macro shot from you, friend!
Indeed, those eyes are amazing and quite hypnotizing! The full frontal POV, the terrific sharpness and the DOF all held increase that effect and add a lot more drama to the composition.
The inclusion of the whole damsel in the corner is a nice touch, but honestly, the big head drew so much attention the first time that i didn't even see it :))
Anyway, great work!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i think we'll be voting for our location and time for the TN meeting this weekend or next week...keep an eye on the forum, too.

Ciao Sabine,
eccellente elaborazione per presentare questa super macro di coenagrionide, ottima definizione con dettagli impressionanti, molto belli i colori e il contrasto con il BG.

Very artistically arranged in-set shot of the full damselfly, Sabine. Of course, the close-up shot of its eyes is also tack sharp. I know it is not easy to get those eyes that sharp and full of details. Speaks volumes about your technical expertise.
Well done and TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-06 6:21]

Hello Sabine, wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful damselfly from front side.
TFS and G's,

hello sabine!
beautiful close encounter with this damselfly
truly impressive........

best sERGIO

hello Sabine

beautiful picture
great colours
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-06 9:18]

Hallo Sabine,
Beautiful capture and presentation.Well caugt and composed.Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting.

Hehehe, the real portrait of small and delicate... killer! :>
Very nice close-up with good DOF and sharpness. I like composition in this presentation - at first view - only huge eyes + rest of the head are visible, but than... the total specimen can be observed in the corner :)
Nice work!
All the best in new year Sabine!
Greetings from cold Lodz,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-06 11:32]

Hi Sabine. You are right it looks a little angry . But you have taken a fine close up with good detail and bright colours. I like the way you have included the whole picture so we can the the full beauty of the insect. wel ldone TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-06 13:45]

Wow! This guy does look fierce!
If looks could kill eh? :-D
Very good POV.
Superb composition.
I like the full-body view too.

Very well done,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-06 15:29]

Hallo Sabine !
Wow, dieser sieht aber böse aus, mit diesen riesigen Augen, mah hat den Gefühl, dass er uns direkt in die Augen schaut durch den Bildschirm. Das Bild ist aber wunderbar, mit so scharfe Details, scöne metallischen Farben, und mir gefällt auch dass du ein kleines Bild von der Libelle dazu gemacht hast.
Vielen Dank !

Hallo Sabine
Von weitem sehen die Libellen so shön aus, aber wenn man sie von ganz nahe sieht könnte man fast angst bekommen, zum Glück sind sie so klein.
Trotzdem, ist das bild ein sehr schönes und scharfes portrait mit gutem Augenkontakt.
Grüsse von Frankreich

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-06 22:30]

Hi Sabine.
Excellent title and superb macro shot of this killing beauty. Simply great details and sharpness of the insect. All tiniest details are reproduced precisely. Lighting (also fill flash) and colours are fine and eye-contact is tremendous. Bravo. Well done at first-class firm style.

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-07 2:59]

hello Wishnu

For a moment I thought the pair of insects can get along and showing the size comparison! Of course your note says the damsel was inserted.

Anyway, very lovely sharp detail of the damselfly in macro close up view to show an aggressive version of its head shot.

Great work.

tfs, bill

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-07 6:19]

Hello Sabine,
Amazing detail with your perfect focus.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Sabine

Great shot of this deadly glare, she is not happy with you at all. What crazy eyes she has. i like teh insert of the whole damsel too.
Excellent sharpness, DOf, composition and presentation.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2009-01-08 3:34]

Bonjour Wishnu,

Superbe gros plan sur cet insecte. Bravo pour les détails.
Merci pour le partage et bonne année à vous et vos proches.


Fanstastische Komposition, furchterrregend ...
Tolle Aufnahme
Viele Grüße,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-09 13:05]

Hello Sabine,
Die Augen sind umwerfend, Beharung auf das Kinn im vergrösserung sieht auch sehr interessant. Erstklassig fotografiert.
Gruße Siggi

Cold here too...but ...I am sick of it..thinking of moving back to California....wonderful shot which perhaps I might be better at like you,,,,,if I move...AWAY from snow!

Hi Sabine,
Wonderful presentation, I like it a lot.
I think the POV and look of the eyes fits your title perfectly..
She seems a bit sinister looking ;}
Very well done,

Hi Sabine, amazing portrait with fantastic details of this dragonfly, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-11 10:49]

Hi Sabine

Stunning POV here and wonderful clear sharp details. She looks quite alien and a little bit evil! The eyes look amazing. I love your presentation as well with the full body shot.



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-21 23:42]

Hi Sabine,
superb close shot. very sharp and clear. the light is very advantage here, as it gives the glow and the shine. the inclusion of a full photo is very thoughtful.
Very well composed indeed.



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