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emerald has been born...

emerald has been born...
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/42 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-14 10:47
Viewed: 4829
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To me Somatochlora metallica is one of the prettiest dragonflies occuring in Poland. Today I would like to show you one just born (emerged from larval shell). I photographed it quite long time ago (actually it was one of my first months with digital camera), during a very gloomy and stormy, but warm and yet silent, spring day on the Narew river in north-eastern Poland. Such conditions are perfect for dragonfly and damselfly larvae to transforms into imagines.

Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Corduliidae
Species: Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
English name: Brilliant emerald

It's the largest, the greenest and the most common Somatochlora species in Europe. It's quite a large insect with 50-55 mm in length and up to 40 mm in wing-spread. It's very typical for shady banks of lowland stagnant and slowly flowing waters, however near mountain lakes it tries to enjoy the full sun. Usually it flows from late May to late September and occurs in most of Northern and Central Europe (in Southern Europe only in mountain lakes). East it reaches the Central Siberia.
Source: Dijkstra K-D.B. 2006. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe.British Wildlife Publishing, Dorset

PS. I would like to dedicate this shot to dragonfly lovers I eventually met last friday - Grzegorz (red45) and Joasia (cafecrem).

It was a first and remarkable meeting of the TN members from Lodz in real world: red45, cafecrem, cataclysta, cicindela and cedryk together.

Please, see the memorial shot :-)

I hope this has been a beginning of a long-standing frienship....

uleko, cataclysta, ramthakur, red45, manyee, marmottelolo, cicindela, blakitan, anel, horia, sAner, sgo, RAP, cafecrem, mikou, marhowie, markop, SkyF, jeanpaul, izler has marked this note useful
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To cicindela: w gumiakach na dno...cedryk 1 01-14 16:30
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-14 11:01]

Hello Michal,
Nice that such lovely creatures like dragonflies can be the start of friendships. This is really the spirit of TN!
Fine capture of a newly emerged metallica, showing the colours before they darken.
Sharp and well composed with excellent stone BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-14 11:14]

Hello Cedryk,
Really striking shot of this very beautiful dragonfly. Excellent sharpness and I love the metallic colours. Interesting pose with the wings up. Excellent composition.
PS. Very nice shot of the dedicated Poles!
TFS, Ulla

Czesc Misiu
Fajna fotka, dobra notka i oczywiscie ciekawy workshop. Oby wiecej takich spotkan. Widze ze nowy atlas sie przydaje. Fotka troche nie ostra tu i tam. Zlapales ja w fajnym momencie taka swiezutka :_)

Hello Michal,
First of all, many thanks for posting the group picture of some of you TN stalwarts from Poland. It feels good to see you guys in a natural and 'humane' situation (yuck for those tiny profile mug shots!). That TN brings people together to that extent of warm personal contact is a pleasant and positive thought, indeed. Can I join you guys in your next meeting?
This is a very pretty dragonfly from Poland. I like the golden-green metallic sheen on its body. Though the picture goes back to your initial days of digital equipment, it does succeed in bringing forth the charm of this insect.
Warm regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-14 12:05]

Hi Michal!

You captured real jewel here, emerald is very good word to describe it! As Krzysiek wrote slightly blurred in some parts, but colours are simply superb. Shinning green rules :-) Good to see that you're becoming more familiar with your new book :-)

Big thanks for dedication! I believe we built new PTE-TN bridge last friday and as you wrote - beginning of friendship!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-14 13:22]

This is a Beautifull dragonfly Michel , great colours details sharpnes compositie , very good , tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-14 14:24]

Absolutely stunning colors on this dragonfly, Michal.
I really like the golden sheen on that incredible emerald.
Excellent and unusual POV of this insect on TN.
I think it is very cool that you were able to get your group of TN'ers to get together in real life. What fun!
TFS both your dragonfly picture and your group photo!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-14 14:32]

Hi Michal,
Beautiful, well composed shot, with optimum framing and the bleak stone BG contrasting well with the subject's stunning colours

bonjour michal
d'excellentes couleurs aux reflets metalliques,netteté impeccable et bon details.
je vois que l'on s'amuse bien en pologne.

No i wreszcie widze obrobiona miedziopiersc metaliczna! :) Kiedy to bylo robione? Pamietam jak dzis, chyba na tym terenie o maly wlos w gumiakach nie poszedlbys na dno ;)
No ale wracajac do fotki: po worksopie zdecydowanie ciekawsze zdjecie. Wydobyte barwy (szczegolnie ta metalicznosc!). Nic dodac nic ujac! No moze tylko tyle, zebys na stronke Oddzialu podrzucil te wersje zamiast poprzedniej ;)

PS. Ze wszystkich zrodel jakie posiadam, wietrzna i deszczowa pogoda jest najmniej porzadana pogaoda dla przeobrazajacej sie wazki!! W tego ze wzgledu na silne podmuchy wiatru bardzo duzo osobnikow zostaje zdeformowanych (skrzydla ulegaja uszkodzeniu zanim jeszcze w pelni zostana napompowane hemolimfa i wyschna zyskujac sztywnosc).

Hi Michal,
Excellent macro-shot.
Great sharpness, details are clearly shown.
Well done.

Ben Lakitan
[PS, you guys seem to have a really great time there....]

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-15 2:26]

Hi Michal,
Just too beautiful this dragonfly.The sunlight just underlines the metallic appearance of it.(And nice to see the "Bande de Lodz", great idea to meet).
Best regards

I would like to have the same eyes... just amazing - big and variegated. I'm sure I would be very original woman with them ;-))))

And thank you for dedication. It was a big pleasure to meet you last friday!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-15 3:26]

Hi Michal

This is really a very interesting dragonfly!
Its colors and reflection are indeed worth of its name.
And the fact that you managed to capture is just after its "birth" is even more spectacular.
The details here are nice (except the wings which were moving) and the lighting was excellent.
The note is also great and gives a clear image of how this species look when grown up and about where it lives.

Nice to see that gathering in Lodz, too! Great friend and great people :)

Cheers and TFS

A rare find
Well captured and exposed, good sharpness
Beautiful colour

Thankx for the workshop shot of everyone


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-15 6:11]

Hello Cedryk,

This is a very nice picture. The green color is very nice and the details on the dragon fly are very sharp. The exposure is probably good, but the stone looks a little too white to me. Anyway, well done & TFS!


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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-01-15 10:33]

Hi Michal,
This is a real dazzling picture of the metallica that you delight us with, a fragile glimmering jewel against that solid grey rock - a beautiful and impressive contrast! Thank you very much for this highly treasured contribution! I also wish you and your local Lodz branch of nature trekers all the best for the future!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-15 13:56]

Wonderful colors with very good clarity in this capture Michal.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, sharpness, DOF, focus, colors, lighting, framing, background, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble (except not having been able to share that beer with all you).


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-16 2:32]

Hi Michal!
Beautiful colours for your dragonfly-shot, great POV and details. Very special light on the metalic body of the dragonfly and a nice neutral background.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-17 7:00]

Hi Michal.
Excellent macro-shot.Very nice composition,splendid colours with metal efect.I like very much POV and very interesting position of this wings.Details and exposure are great,perfect monochrome BG.
Superb job.Thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

Hello Michal.
Wow, a newbie!
Great catch and well done.
Lovely metallic colors and all brand new & shiny :)
Nice job & Thank you mf.
Always a pleasure to view your shots..

Hi Michal,

Dragonflies are my favorite insects and this is one of the best captures I've ever witnessed! All the technical merits of the photo have been already mentioned by others so all I have to offer is my sincere congratulations!

I'd also like to thank you for doing a workshop on one of my own dragonflies (the Trithemis annulata). I know it's been a while but I hadn't visited TrekNature this year...

Cheers and TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-29 9:37]

Hello Michal,
this macro is wonderful, I love that metalic green color and the way the light reflects of it. POV, sharpness and details are beautiful.
Very well done.

Bonjour Michal
Félicitations pour la qualité d'image et l'éclairage qui fait bien ressortir les détails.Bravo pour le BG qui est très joli.J'apprécie beaucoup les belle couleurs métaliques.
Merci pour l'envoie et au revoir .....JP
Les sourires demain

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-14 15:54]

hello Michal
well close-up working on this nice butterfly. composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, sharpness, details, note and framing are great. furthermore successful using of flash and f value.

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  • Emiii Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 30] (103)
  • [2009-04-03 9:24]

it is very nice, but if you could identify the genus or the species will be bether,ok

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