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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Macros, Bayram's Favourites-III, Unique pov [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 8:48
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Odonata

Suborder: Zygoptera

Family: Platycnemididae

Genus: Platycnemis

Species: P. pennipes

The White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) is a damselfly of slow-flowing, muddy waters. It is much more restricted in range than the Banded Demoiselle which it invariably accompanies.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 antehumeral stripes 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.This species favours unshaded slow-flowing sections of muddy rivers with abundant floating vegetation. it has been recorded in tidal rivers and the larvae seem well able to tolerate brackish water. It also occurs in muddy streams but is rare in lakes or ponds of any sort.
Mating is preceded by the male displaying his white legs. Elongated eggs are laid whilst in tandem, into emergent stems and especially the underside of floating leaves. The larvae live amongst bottom debris and emerge after two years.After emerging, adults tend to congregate in the shelter of tall vegetation, although some immatures wander away from water and have been found five kilometres away from the nearest breeding site.

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Ciao Luciano, bella la danza delle damigelle e molto bello l'angolo di ripresa a pelo dell'acqua. Una bella foto, complimenti. Paolo

Wowww... a superb, incredible capture in both photography and aestetism MF Luciano!
You caught this remarkable symmetric lovely pairs perfectly!
A fine vantage point with nice details and sharpness. The composition, reflections and the light effect on water are amazing too.
The shallow deep DOF works extremely well in this situation.
TFS and have a great day! Take care amico mio!
It is going straightly to my theme of favorite shots!


Hi Luciano,

what an exellent picture from you and good seeing this with the mirroring.
I think one of your best ones.
Fine colours.


Ciao di nuovo Luciano, da pubblicazione, favolosa, riflesso da sballo e doppia coppia da favola, sembrano allo specchio, magnifica cattura, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Luciano,
Très original cadrage, avec un résultat étrange et spectaculaire. Belle réussite pour la mise au point, avec une netteté sur l'ensemble de la scène. Magnifique image.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-08-18 9:34]

Hello Luciano,
It's unusual scene so tiny Damselflies is enough funny. Very interesting are colours in BG.
Regards, Pawel

What a fantastic shot!

Congratulations on a real eye popper.


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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-08-18 9:41]

Hey Luciano,

Nothing is perfect but this is!! Stunning image.



Ciao Luciano,
splendida cattura di queste damigelle in ovideposizione, favolosa la parte riflessa, bellissima la composizione con un ottimo impatto visivo anche dal punto di vista grafico.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona serata
Ciao Maurizio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-18 9:59]

Hello Luciano,
A really great symmetrical composition showing two pairs of Damselflies in cop and with lovely reflections in the water. Excellent focus, sharp details and beautiful blue colours that stand out against the dark water. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ovvv..i could not find proper words to describe this beautiful image. just stunning!
Details, composition and POV are super.
Kind regards,

I quickly added this one to my favorites for all the right reasons!!!!! This is one which should be published in at least a color magazine!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-08-18 10:24]

This is incredible !!!
Superb macro !

Bonsoir Luciano!
Quelle photo fantastique! Vraiment admirable. La symétrie, les couleurs et la composition sont top! J'aime beaucoup le vert de l'eau et le bleu des yeux des demoiselles... 8 X bravo!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-18 11:52]

Hello Luciano,
What a fantastic scene! Very impressive photo, not only for the scene itself, but also for the gorgeous colours. Perfect DOF, POV and composition. Very sharp. Typical that the colours in the reflections are different from the original ones.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-18 12:41]

Hello Luciano,
This is interesting, unusual and of the highest quality. Fantastic timing to capture this White-legged Damselflys as she lays her eggs. The reflection is magnificent.
Best regards Siggi

hello Luciano
very nice picture with good sharpness and beautiful colours
nice composition
greeting lou

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-08-18 13:16]

Ciao Luciano e complimenti!!! Una fantastica, infredibile foto! Sembra una scena del "Cirque du soleil" :)))
Luce e riflessi fantastici.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-18 14:54]

Hi Luciano,

You have outdone yourself with this fantastic photographic work of art. You have captured the moment perfectly and present a wonderfully symmetrical picture. The Damselflies are magnificent and the reflections are sensational. Colors and composition are fantastic.


Hello Luciano,
Great momment taken with excellent sharpness, fine details, nice colors, very good composition and POV. Well done!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-18 21:26]

Hi Luciano,
Splendid photo, vary rare moment, congratulations!

A magical capture and unmistakable sign of artistic eye, no surprise! Bravo friend Luciano that's what we need more often here - creativity!
George Veltchev

Hi Luciano,
A National Geographic Shot. WOW! How lucky you are to see such a beautiful scene. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-19 4:44]

Bonjour Luciano,
To retour est couronné de succès! Quelle image intéressante, vraiment. Une multiplication par réflexion assez extraordinaire et que tu as su si bien rendre avec cette image si spéciale. Bravo!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-19 5:28]

Hi Luciano
What an outstanding composition.You were at the right place at the right time.Every thing is amasing ,the pose the symetrie the reflextion the colors.Excellent work
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-19 6:04]

Well, superb image, what more can I say. Good timing and observation. tfs.

Hola Luciano

Vaya que casualidad para conseguir este juego de libelulas en acto de procreación. Creo que las dos que estan por enciman estan charlando amigablemente o cotilleando. Muy agradable imagen y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

bonjour Luciano
j'adore le face à face de ces deux couples de demoiselles, la scene est exceptionnelle avec les reflets dans l'eau,
très belle netteté et beau jeu de lumière
Passe une bonne nuit

grande scoop e un tempismo(beh potremmo chiamarlo cosi'!!)da far paura...la simmetria creata dalle due coppie,con i due maschi a sorreggere le femmine mentre ovidepositano e'
molto bella,il riflesso sulla superfie dell'acqua la ciliegina!!!
buon w.end Luciano e nei tuoi viaggi dovresti inserire anche la montagna....ti farebbe bene scarpinare su quei pendii scoscesi inseguendo le farfalle come fa Silvio !!!!sERGIO

Azz! Arte allo stato puro! Che gran colpo! Titolo fenomenale. Bentrovato.


Good evening Luciano,

2 would have been perfect, but here you have given us 4x the pleasure! Beautiful and artistic work, with a wonderful sense of movement. The reflections are amazing!

To see this AND have a camera in your hand makes you very lucky. I have added it to my favourite photos.

Ciao, Amelia

Wow! Super pic ! many congrats and thanks for your lovely comments about my photo .
Have a nice w-end!
love from ,

Fantastic capture sir..!!!

I have never seen something like this before, Luciano. The double pair with the reflection is just outstanding. You have done well with the capture and the details are top drawer.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

Hi Luciano,I missed this capture.The most beautifull of TN.TFS
Happy new year...

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-04 4:11]

Hello Luciano,
very amazing capture!
such a stunning view of the damsels and its reflections.
A wonderful composition of a classic image.


Ciao Luciano
One more for the books! Great moment and fantastic composition.Colours,reflections,details... pure beauty!!!
Thank You

Hello Luciano

WOW ! I have missed this photo from you,
you where at the best place the best moment
to obtain that scenery and effect, with very
fine POV & DOF, very beautiful reflection
color tones of the water, TFS

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