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Monday, 6 June 2011
Male damsel and female dragon!
Category: Macro World

Our garden at my Kozhikode home is an excellent place for chasing birds, butterflies and dragon flies. During our stay at Kozhikode, during Vishu, I spent condierable time at the garden and terrace expecting to find some colorful fauna.

The first good spotting was a Dragon fly - a Common Picture Wing female. It even stayed at this twig (of a tulsi plant) for a while and allowed me to get close enough for a frame filling shot. I used the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L macro lens for this shot, handheld in Av mode at f/6.3 and ISO-400 for a 1/125s exposure.

The damsel visited our house in the night and was hovering around the tube light at the sit-out. This, I believe is a Pigmy Dartlet (I guess, a male) and the bright green was too cute to ignore. I picked up the camera once again and mounted it with the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L macro lens. It was hovering around the tube light and I used the pop-up flash as fill and used a manual mode exposure of f/6.3 and 1/200s at ISO-800.

One of my friends was asking if a Damsel fly is a female dragon fly! Infact, I too had this doubt for a very long time :) But for now, here is a female dragon fly and a male damsel fly!

Posted by usandeep at 11:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 7 June 2011 12:19 PM
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Tuesday, 7 June 2011 - 1:16 PM

Name: "Flyawaymind"
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pretty green damsel he is..oops..even i thought damsel is a female fly!!!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011 - 2:09 PM

Name: "Mridula"
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Lovely close ups both!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011 - 3:48 PM

Name: "Prashanth M"
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Nice shots!! And your friend was not alone... I too thought that Damsels were female flies!!! 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011 - 5:19 PM

Name: "Evan Chapman"

Awesome Macros!, especially love the dragonfly, the colours are just amazing and love the crispness on the wings

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 - 12:07 AM

Name: "Sankara Subramanian C"
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The first picture is a masterpiece. You should definitely frame it.

 Both the photos are very colurful and vibrant. I am not much into the insect world, but your shots are enticing me to get into this field. 

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 - 1:52 PM

Name: "magiceye"
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wow! brilliant captures both and thanks for the info!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 - 3:35 PM

Name: "Anu Shankar"
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Awesome!!!! I too was among those who thought damsels were female dragon flies :) 

Thursday, 9 June 2011 - 12:11 AM

Name: "mohkum"
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Very good macro shots with a lot of details! Lovely capture  

Thursday, 9 June 2011 - 10:30 AM

Name: "Sandeep"
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Super image of the dragon fly! Different bg for damsel fly would have bettered it..

Saturday, 11 June 2011 - 9:47 PM

Name: "Neeraj"
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Both shots have come out very well- especially the first one!

Sunday, 12 June 2011 - 4:44 PM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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absolutely brilliant especially the first image!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 - 3:33 PM

Name: "Niranjan"
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Thats a fabulous capture.


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