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Love is complicated...

Love is complicated...
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-24 1:23
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) is a damselfly of slow-flowing, muddy waters.
Mature adults differ from most other blue damselflies in having expanded white edges to the tibiae, paired black markings down most of the abdomen, broad pale brown double antehumeral stripes, wider head and a pale brown pterostigmata.

The male has a blue abdomen that is often pale and usually has a greenish thorax.

The female is a very pale yellow-green colour with black markings.

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hello horia,
today we are neighbors, great shot, fantastic colours and sharpness too. looks like a heart...
have a nice weekend.
best regards from germany

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-24 1:46]

Hello Horia,
Yes, this pose surely is complicated. The sharpness, details and clarity in this shot are really perfect. Very beautiful colours. Great DOF and OOF BG. Good choice of composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-24 1:48]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful damselflys and an extraordinarily beautiful picture. You froze the moment perfectly. Wonderful colors and sharp sharp details. The setting is spectacular. A marvelous composition.Best regards Siggi

Hi Horia,
maybe love is complicated but it even much more complicated to achieve a good shot of a pairing wheel...!
And these buggers don't sit still at all. My heartfelt compliment for this perfect picture, a sort of classic. I make it a favorite of mine. Thanks for this one, Horia.
Best regards

Hello Horia,
Excellent capture, with every part of this couple in focus. The background is perfect too, with the diagonal grass. Very good presentation of this heart-shape love. Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Horia,
a fantastic macro shot of the White-legged Damselfly, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition, very well done
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-24 2:14]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful heart-shaped couple in love..picture taken with a superb light and an interesting decrescendo of colors from top to bottom. Very fine and subtle work.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2010-07-24 2:55]

Hello Horia.
Nature generously generously bestows onto us images that are not all seeing. This world is only available for careful and interesting people. This is a world that requires the inclination of that part of nature, which sees a man surrounded by the industrial bustle.
Very nice story about the duration of this world, and by the way wonderful macrophotography.
Excellent sharpness, depth of field and beautiful colors.
Very good used light.

Hi, Horia,
Thanks for your excellent capture and yes, love is very complicated.
Best regards,

Hi Horia

Very true, love is complicated, but teh way dragonflies do it is quite bizarre. Excellent sharpness and composition. Beautifully highlighted agaiunst teh OOF green background.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-07-24 3:27]

Yes, sometimes I wonder why the love making of these damselflies has to be so complicated, god knows. Well captured image with good details and colors. tfs.

Una fotografía espectacular de estos acróbatas, que te pusieron en un aprieto a la hora de realizar el cuecyadre que supiste resolver de manera práctica.
Excelente luz y magníficos colores. Un buen trabajo.

Saludos Horia.

Hi Horia MF!

This is an utterly excellent macro of this happy looking pair in "love wheel" position:) showing their body details so nicely. The contrastin blurr green background is pretty and provide additional interest. I can't say too much about your choice of shutter speed, because it worked so well.
TFS and have a nice Saturday!


Ciao Horia, very difficult pose for this lovely maiting couple with fantastic metallic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-24 4:26]

Hello Horia,
really complicated but you showed it very well.
excellent sharpness and superb view. The moment is well frozen in clarity and surroundings well intact.


Salut Horia
Excelenta imagine, cu amandoua libelulele in focus perfect.
Numai bine,

Ciao Horia. Outstanding macro shot! Razor details and sharp for a great compositive idea. Wonderful light. Best compliments!


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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-07-24 8:54]

Hi Horia,

Superb shot. Great timing, composition, dof and light.

Thanks for sharing


Fantastic capture with even more appropriate title, Horia! truly spectacular shot, with amazing clarity dept of field and detail indeed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Buna Horia,
O realizare de exceptie cu detalii si claritate maxima.
Lumina este excelenta si detaliile pe masura.
O compozitie foarte bine realizata cu un fundal perfect.
Felicitari! Marius.

hello Horia

excellent photo of these lovers on their acrobatic pose,
focused superbly with great sharpness and details, TFS


hello Horia
super picture with good details and great sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Hello Horia! Amazing scene. Ideal macro. Good exposure and capture. Superb lightness and colours. Splendid effect. Good luck!

Buna Horia,
Un moment deosebit surprins cu detalii, claritate, culori si fundal exceptionale.
Numai bine,

Hello Horia!
Ha ha ha ha! :) Really complicated!... very complicated!
Great macro, excellent performance focus with f/10.
Regards, TFS, Jesús

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-24 22:13]

Hi Horia,

This picture is fantastic with the beautifully colored damselflies in these unbelievable positions.
Great timing to get this show with such amazing details and wonderful colors. You were so fortunate to see this with your own eyes and we are so lucky that you shared it with us.


Hallo Horia, beautiful damselflys, fantastic sharpness, and light superg. A great photo. Very very very nice. Paolo

Hi Horia,
I just realised you were here but with a new account. Its good to see a lot of old friends returning.
Your photography has got very good indeed.
This capture is absolutely perfect.
Excellent exposure, sharpness and composition.
Very nice work!

Hellow Horia,
A difficult subject to capture which you have done to perfection.Both razor sharp and spot on exposure showing intricate details such as the little hook like structures on its legs,facial and body hairs,wing design and even the grass is well shown.Great job.

Hello Horia,
a exellent sharpness, detailed and almost diagonal composition.
Good blurred bg with fine colous.


Hello Horia,
congratulations for the photo, beautiful, excellent sharpness and contrast.
Excellent POV and beautiful colors.
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hello Horia
Splendide Shot !! i have taken a similar shot a few days ago, but far from this quality, sharpness is exceptional, and the plain green Bg highlight this couple so well, great colors and lighting
Have a good night

Hi Horia,
great for these macro dragonflies hot, their position looks like a heart.
Goog POV, excellent detail and clarity.


Wow. This is a great image. Both subjects are incredibly sharp and in focus. Great depth of field and wonderful colors. Thanks for sharing this image.

Hi Horia,
Great composition, sharpness and detail - absolutely great photo.


Complicated is right!!!
Congratulations & bravos are in order.
Greetings from Mario in Canada.

Hi Horia,
The close-up on this wonderful macro shows some incredible detail. POV couldn't be better on this one either. Also very fitting title as it does look difficult. Well done. :)

Boa tarde Horia,
That's a very good work and a excellent Note.
Very good diagonal and perfect narrow DOF. Good Blurred BG.

Hi Horia,
Fantastic pic, one of your best captures. All the colors, sharpness, composition etc. are truly amazing, and the title was chosen with great humour. :) No need to say more, this is a masterpiece. Bravo.
Friendly regards from Hungary, László

Yes Horia, you have built correct analogy. Love... take us in a pincers (I always wondering what are those pincers at the end of abdomen in damselflies for, now I realized - for the female neck), request acrobatic skills and expose us to danger.
And artistic macro you've made. Congrats,

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