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A faithful visitor

A faithful visitor
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-25 7:49
Viewed: 2900
Points: 66
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Vagrant Darter - Sympetrum vulgatum

A fortnight ago I posted a picture of a male immature Vagrant Darter on the ‘helicopter landing pad’.

This is the same fellow that has kept on returning and is now red and fully mature.

This was captured from a distance of 1/2 metre with the camera handheld. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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Hi Ulla
What a great capture!
Details are very sharp and colors are perfect!
Perfect blurred BG and good POV.\

hello Ulla
super good pose with great sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Wow, this is truly an amazing transformation in the subject, Ulla!
I do remember this very good looking dragonfly perching on the 'landing pad' some weeks ago; it was such a beautiful composition.
This one is equally charming. The focus is exceptionally sharp and those dabs of red on the junction of wings are lovely.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-08-25 7:56]

Hi Ulla,
very well composed shot, i like the bright red Darter AND the landing pad in this one! Good DOF and some fine details too - well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-25 8:11]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent photo of this Vagrant Darter in a perfect composition. Taken from a pleasing POV. Great sharpness, details, DOF and OOF BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-25 8:22]

Hi Ulla,what a perfection....and wasn't easy in this perspective,impressive focus everywhere and the best red to contrast the green background,i like the reflections of the light too on the eye and on the wings.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-25 8:54]

You are lucky enough to capture your friend again, now with fine colors, well done. tfs.

Hi Ulla,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Vagrant Darter dragonfly. Lovely composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello ULLA,
Wonderful capture with superb details and colours.
Great shot. Perfect focus and good clarity.
Lovely image. Congratulation!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-25 10:42]

Hi Ulla
That is an excelelnt closed up ,we do not see them to often down here.Good POV and very sharp image with excelelnt light and beautiful colors.I also like that nice OOF BG color that provided a good contrast with the main subject.
TFS Michel

Hi Ullu,

wow, what a nice Dragonfly taken with good sharpness and details.
Fine colours.
Very nice muted bg.


hello Ulla
what a great macro shot of very beautiful Darter, with splendid colors. light using and exposure great as like sharp details, POV and DOF. burry BG and composition superb. you greatly captured it on dry Papaver.
Thanks for sharing, best regards.

Hallo Ulla
What an incredible macro with impeccable sharpness and splendid detail. I personally like the centralized, almost full framed composition. I also like the way the Darter is clutching onto the dried stem. The clarity of the wings and the the way the wings attach to the thorax is superb. Thanks for sharing this beautiful visitor. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-25 13:16]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent capture of this Darter. Great lighting, outstanding colours and details. Also good DOF and Very well composed.Best regards Siggi

i like its pose and the composition of your shot.
You have taken this with very sharp focusing and fine detail.
The colors are enhanced by the good luminosity, also with fine background.
Ciao, melania.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-25 16:19]

Hi Uleka,

I will never forget the darter on the pad. Although this doesn't have exactly the same impact it is a wonderful capture in another fine position. The colors are marvelous and the wings, body and head are razor sharp. A lovely background and composition.


An amazing shot, Ulla, considering this is a handheld macro, esp.
I love the composition, esp. the landing pad here.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-08-25 22:14]

Dear Ulla!

It's impressive to notice the changing that has occured. One would not believe it's the same "fellow" you already have presented. And again, you do it in a very pleasant way and the poppy offers an ideal landing place for the now red painted "helicopter".

Kind regards


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-08-26 0:42]

Hello Ulla,
Darter is perfectly sharp, very good composition, splendid colours.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Ulla. Wonderful photo of this red dragon, clear details and fine composition.
TFS and kind regards,

Ciao Ulla,
another very beautiful macro shot of the Vagrant Darter taken with superb sharpness and splendid colours. a very pleasing composition with a marvellous BG.
Best regards

Ciao Ulla. Impressive DOF here with razor detaisl and super sharp. Indeed well done. Cheers.


Hei Ulla,
Excellent sharpness on this darter. Wonderful colours too, both of the dragonfly and the poppy head. He seems to be enjoying basking in the Swedish sun. I love the composition. The wong markings show up so well against the muted green background.

Greetings, Amelia

Hello Ulla
Beautiful close up of this helicopter landed on an interesting place:).
Great colours and fine composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla
wonderful sharp shot with crisp clear details, great POV, colors and DOF
a perfect composition
Have a good night

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-27 4:56]

Hello Ulla,
The poppy-capsule as dragonfly landing-pad couldn't be more photogenic. This association of plant and insect is just wonderful and so pleasant to the eyes. The fine blurred background and the color-combination make the picture look very artistical. Well seen again!

I know that camera a bit and this is a super example of its capabilities! You do so very nicely to attract from year to year:-)

Hi Ulla,
Absolutely beautiful macro with fantastic colors and sharpness. Dragonfly shots, which I like very much, are rarely sharp on each bodyparts of the insect, but you took the focus perfectly. Plenty of details, greattexture on the wings, wonderfully blurred background - simply a brilliant masterpiece. Bravo Madame.
Tfs, friendly regards, László

Good Night Ulla,

Impressive macro capture, the focus looks perfect. Fantastic lighting and details too, the sort of shot I wish I'd taken myself :). Inspiring work my friend, well photographed.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Ps. do not worry about my posts when you could not visit MF!
i can understand you well because i am also missing some great posts.

Very nice Ulla, it's a beautiful image all the way around.
I especially like the color, light, and wing veins seen so clearly against this great BG :)
Well done!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-09-12 9:53]

I love this shot, Ulla!
So peaceful!
Exquisite details and colors.
The colors are so soothing.
A great pose of this darter.
TFS. ; )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-21 9:22]

Hi Ulla.
I have missed this simply outstanding picture. It is simply fantastic. Beautifulness of the subject is ultimate also as well as POV and composition. DOF is stunning. All charming insect and so impressive dry flower are in focus against the nice blurriness of the BG. My congratulations and warm wishes.

Have a nice day Ulla. Looking at this darter reminded me of my encounter yesterday. Beautiful red tail and the transparency of the wings are amazing. Fine dorsal pov in this capture and you have silenced the background well in the frame.
I like it and well done indeed.
Kind regards,

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