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Happy couple ;-)

Happy couple ;-)
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Sexy nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-14 2:25
Viewed: 4315
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I suspect that some of you might be a bit weary with photos of d'flies, but I think this shot is worth posting.

Of course not because it is my photo ;-) but because of the situation captured here.
I must say that I'm proud of this shot for it was quite hard to take.

First of all this is a couple of Black-tailed Skimmers (Orthetrum cancellatum) that belong to the group of not very easy models.
The males (with blue colouration) can be often found sitting on the bare ground on the banks of ponds or lakes. Though this is most common dragonfly on my pond I have only few good photos of this fellows cause they are quite shy.

The mating couple was no exception. It was flying most of the time and sit still only for a moment. They were scared and chased by other dragonflies that were there. At first I was also 'chasing' them, but that wasn't good tactic ;-)

Later I was just waiting trying not to move in front of the rock with the camera focused on it. Luckily the couple (or rather the male) decided to land on it, so I could take some shots. They were so close that I had to use macro mode.
I decided post the bigger close-up with the cutted wings, to show as many details as possible.
Why the title?
Just look at their faces. The 'happy' look of some species of dragonflies always amaze me.

If you want to see the place I take most of my photos of d'flies look at the WS.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-14 2:29]

Great shot.
Excellent focus.
Great colours.
You caught the moment well here.

Well caught Monika... they do look happy!!!

dobra robota:-)

Now this is a Macro! Excellent work.

Excellent shot Monika. The details are very sharp and the perspective very good. It is amazing how many details you can see if you get close to them. Superb shot. Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-14 4:47]

Hello Monika!
Wonderful capture.Clear details,sharpness,framing,POV and composition are perfect.Very well done!TFS...:-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-14 5:02]

An excellent shot Monika,
Superb detail and great DOF.
Excellent composition and framing.
Weary of dragonflies?...Not me,I love 'em!
Great work,well done.


Hi monika,
Excellent shot!
Very good sharpness and detailts. Lovely pose, great composition.

Hi Monika!
Very nice shot.Lighting,details,sharpness and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-14 6:24]

Hi Monika!

Wow! This is close ... great details and superb exposure. Very good composition and good POV. Well done & TFS!


Fantastic shot Monika,
I have seen them too, but I had not the luck too get them for composition. You did a great job her, fantastic capture, good composition, good in pov and a fantastic dof, very good job, I love it,
gr. Jaap

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-07-14 8:34]

Gratulacje, znakomite zdjecie. Ekspozycja, ostrosc, uchwycona sytuacja i kompozycja - idealne.
Pozdrawiam. Krzysztof

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-14 9:15]

Insipe of all a great shot!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-14 12:21]

Fantastyczne makro, jak zwykle technicznie doskona³e.

What a great photo, Monika! It's rare to find and, on top, capture, this moment so well. I've never seen this here, and would be as thrilled as you were in the same situation. You managed it very well, presenting a real strong image. Congratulations.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-14 16:02]

Great moment and photo Monika. Very good sharpness and colors.

Bonsoir Monica,
Excellent cliché, très rare moment, que je n'ai pas encore eu la chance de voir.
Bon choix de composition. Les détails, la lumière, le fond, tout est parfait.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-14 16:39]

Hi Monika, great capture. You did very well to catch these at it. Nice details and I think the composition works well. Nice work.

What a moment and what a close-up.

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ****
Focus/sharpness: ***
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Impact: *****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

Monika your patiences has paid off, fantastic capture, superb details. I love the close crop. I find these kinds of shot require alot patiences as we wait for opportunities. Lovely work.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-14 18:10]

Monika, how nice this picture is. The title summarizes what the pic shows.

Excellent pov and composition; sharpness is great too.


Wonderful shot Monika,
They do have a big smile
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, Great POV and DOF. Perfect exposure. Thanks for posting.

Fantastic shot Monica! Nice composition, good POV. Great sharpness and details. TFS

Hi Monika
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 4/5
POV: 4/5
Great shot
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-15 4:22]

WOOOOOOW ! Wonderful and interesting shot for this superb couple in love ! Composition, pose, details and sharpness are GREAT ! Congratulations Monika and thanks for sharing.

Amazing photo! They both have big smiles! I wonder why? Seriously, though, great detail and wonderful colours.

p.s. I've added it to the 'sexy nature' theme!

Really like this POV Monika, It's great! Excellent DOF to get them both in this well. The details and pose are fantastic, Very well done!

Fantastic details Monika, great action shot.
I think the super close up is very apt here. Well done.

Hehe, nie bede ekspoatowal mojego angielskiego, gdyz musialbym sie powtarzac z tym co zostalo juz powiedziane powyzej :) Ta fotka jest jak wszystkie inne niesamowita :) pozdro

Hello Monika, fantastic photo, very good capture here, very good details and good in pov,

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2005-07-19 17:23]


Jak załe Twoje PF, wyśmienite, jest na co popatrzeć :)))


Very good capture.
I am especially impressed by the DOF - it seems to be very good.
Would like to see more tech details of the shot.

TFS - Shir

Hi Monika,
I've never seen such an impressing shot.
I was proud to see a couple of dragonflies and that I made a shot of them. But when I look at your photo, I can throw mine in the waste bin.
This is absolute perfect. The second one seems to be smiling hanging at the tail of the front. What a great shot, wow!
Thanks a lot for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-07 1:14]

Excelent macro!

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-09-14 8:47]

Very well done!
Wonderful capture.Clear details,sharpness, framing,POV and composition are perfect.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-29 19:40]

Wow... what a great macro! nice capture i like your compositon, colours & detail are great, very well done Monika :-)


You've really done very well to catch this arresting photo. I know how difficult it is to capture a good photo of a single insect, and these may be somewhat preoccupied .... I would rate this as one of the best odonata shots I've ever seen. Inspiring. Thankyou.

This macro is fantastic! The subject, the colours and the moment are really wonderful!

Hi Monika,
I just love this picture. Clear and sharp, detail is nice.
Excellent composition and perfect exposure.
Fabulous job,very well done.

(Makes me want to buy a macro lens for my camera.)

Darn, how did I miss this one ? :))) There are certain advantages about being a dragonfly... I bet those werent Catholic bugs saying "Wszystkiego Najlepszego z okazji Dnia Mamy" to eachother , right?

Hi Monica, I have seen many dragonfly posts on here but this so far has to be the best posting i have seen. Super work , excellent note. Well DONE!

Demetrio :-))

Uauuuu !!!!
Simplesmente maravilhoso !!!

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  • ErEs2 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 15] (582)
  • [2006-01-02 4:41]

zainteresowalem sie tym zdjeciem, poniewaz tez polowalem na Leciche; i wiem, ze to dosc 'wymagajace' stworzenie ;) bardzo dobrze uchwycony moment, ciekawie skomponowane :) podoba mi sie bardzo
Pozdrawiam i przy okazji zycze wszystkiego najlepszego w Nowym Roku

Yes, they do look happy! What a hilarious post. Great macro, well seen.


Nice scene sharp, colorfull, original and..........sexy


Terrific shot, great composition Monika!!!

Hej Monika!
¦wietna fotka ostra w obu znaczeniach i jako foto i jako sexy :). Gratulujê

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  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-03-19 17:22]

in fact you have reasons to be happy with your photo...
I love it

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