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There's something on your back!!!

There's something on your back!!!
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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: 2006-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/962 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-30 4:22
Viewed: 4418
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a follow-up to one of my recent postings - The Dragonfly plague.

First of all, you might think the situation on the picture is a prelude to mating, but that's rather not the case here. As far as I know these are two females!

So, my theory is, the one on the back simply found a nice place to rest. If you look at the other picture of these dragons I posted here and read the note the you will know there were lots of dragons in that place. In fact this is the same reed as on the other picture. It was very high, I guess more than 2m and dragons just loved to sit on it.

This picture is probably a little different that usuall macro shots, but this is because I tried to include some landscape as a BG. Of course I didn't do that in Photoshop ;-) The only postprocessing on this one was resizing, sharpening and framing.

I noticed that somehow I like to have interesting BG's in my macro pictures and this was a good ocassion to take such shot since the dragons sit very high. I used fill in flash to get right exposure and details.

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Hello Monika!
It worked here perfectly! bg as a landscape! You've tried the fantasies well then! Focusing, details, pov, composition all are just great! Very interesting shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-30 4:47]
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Hi Monika!
I hope Roman G. won't see this picture :-) I think this is what we call Monika style - macro of insects with very interesting BG. Moment is very good, poses of these dragons also, but white clouds, blue sky and green meadows look very nice also. Good use of flash I hope I'll learn it some day :-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-30 5:32]

Hi Monika,
As Grzegorz said, here the landscape is a very good complement to the dragonflies. Great composition that shows an interesting behaviour: they do not eat each other!
TFS, José M.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-30 5:57]

Hi Monika,
Woow, I saw this on a website somewhere last week :-) Beautiful shot, the flash control here is excellent, exposure on background and foreground is perfect. Wonderful soft colours, great details and excellent DOF. Very nicely framed and a really nice summery feel to this shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-30 6:15]

Hello Monika,
Interesting scane,well caught,framed and composed.Exposure is spot on,BG looks great.Focus couldn't be better.


An excellent series you have produced here indeed. Once again another quality pioc you have posted. Great detail, Comp and Lighting make it a really good posting. TFS,

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-05-30 6:25]

Hello Monica,
Great sharpness and the sky in the background enhances the airy feeling of the dragonflies.
Good pose and compo.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-30 6:49]

This is wonderful capture!!!Monika.!
Lovley blue sky as b/g adds extra charm to this cool shot.Very well taken.Superb POV.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-30 7:18]

You have again made a great shot and with 2 dragonflies !! Good composition and POV with landscape in BG. I am jalous because sunday I saw a "Libellule" near the lake and she made me run in all directions but I did not succeed in photographing it...
Congratulations Monika and thanks for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-30 7:28]

Hello Monika,
this looks phantastic, the back ground looks great and does not distract from the dragonflies. Wonderful POV, great details and superp sharpness. A well composed Macro.

This is an great shot Monika. You have developed a really good technique and these dragons are just another example.
Its certainly unusual to see two females getting friendly, but they are perfectly sharp, while the background is nicely blurred, yet with enough focus to give a sence of the environment where you took it. I'm sure it would do very well at any photo competition.

Hello monika, great Job, Perfct details, Bg, POV DOF, perfct capture and compinsation, TFS Kyle

Hello Monika,
Lovely macro with landscape as a side dish. Well observed and interesting note. TFS.

Fantastyczne :-) Znakomity kadr, kolory i ostrosc.
Jednym slowem wszystko na TAK :-)
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

Hi Monika,
wow, I love it, that's marvelous.
I like the low POV with the light and the blue background. Also a wonderful moment, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-30 15:14]

Another wonderful shot of dragonflies from you ! Sharpness, details and colors are wpnderful, but what I like most are your POV and the BG. It's nice to see this landscape and this sky behind the insects. Very well done !

It is just an incredible shot Monika.
Great colors and the details and framing are excellent.
Superb composition and great BG.
Congratulations and Regards.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-30 18:42]


Niesamowite ujęcie!
Piękna kompozycja, bardzo dobra
ostrosc i detale, kolory naturalne.
Swietna robota - gratuluje!

Pozdrawiam :-)

Brilliant capture Monika,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Monika,
Excellent capture, and what a great moment you have captured.. Brilliant use of the de-focused sky for BG. I like everything about it :)

A very cool shot :) ! Your composition with the sky and backround looks great. A difficult exposure that you handled very well. Nice colors with the fill flash, and tack sharp detail. Excellent work.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-31 2:17]

Hello Monika,
Incredible capture. The work of a master!
Fantastic macro with amazingly sharp details and stunning colors.
The background with the clouds is just perfect.
TFS. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-31 3:37]

Simply great Monika!
Every insect is perfectly on focus!
The DOF is perfect!
The details are amaising!
The POV is excellent!
Above scale photo!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-31 4:44]
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Hi Monika, this shot is fantastic. Your low POV has really given this something special. The blue sky is great and the details are sharp and well exposed. The trees and grass in the background add distance and show us it's natural environment. I know that you are limited with your camera with DOF but I think too often we tend to use a shallow depth of field to blur the background but occassionally it is nice to see shots like this that show it isn't always necessary to do so and this has given depth to your shot and works very well. Finally the shot is very well composed, what more can I say but perfect, definitely one for the favourites. Well done and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-31 6:46]

Hi Monika
Beautiful shot again. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light, BG, DOF and POV.
Great job Monika


Hi Monika
Great perspective, excellent composition, colors and detailms
Regards Christophe

Hi Monika

Ah its scratching, ye ye, no , a little bit go up, here, ye, oh, such a nice feeling((:
Very nice shot with great details, funny pose and intresting information.excelent.
well done


Salut Monika
Magnifique photo que ces jolies libellules.J'aime beaucouo tous ces détails ,très
belle présentation Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-06-03 6:07]

Hi Monika,
Great composition! Really!
Perfect POV and colours.
Have a nice day


Lovely picture. Great compostion. Very well taken.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-05 19:01]

Hi Monika,
An excellent double capture and very unusual too!
The composition and POV are excellent and you got your nice trademark blue sky background too!
Great colours and excellent detail of both dragonflies.
Nice work.

I jsut love these macro shot that shows the environment as well. I still remember that frog of yours staring into the landscape. This one is also special. Great shot!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-07-27 16:04]

hi Monika
nice title and beautiful composition. good exposure and timing. POV, DOF, different BG, colours, focus and details are great.

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