When nature conservation can be joined with aesthetical considerations



For people interested by this odonate family, you know that the Calopteryx specie is very fragile and easily destroyed by the agricultural treatments.

Here in Switzerland, they are legal recommendations for agricultural workers about the moment to spray your treatment with insecticide, you can’t make it when bees are out for example on fruit trees, normally you have to wait the evening, BUT now, if you consider the reality, it’s made from  early morning to end of afternoon, and in a majority of departments, the legal surveyors are more occupied to discus with their friends hunters than to control and regulate this.

Luckily, they are some small areas where the control is made by the actors of nature conservation themselves, and where I made my pictures, my white Citroën berlingo is well known and sufficient to stay careful with legal hours and respect them.

Then I can offer you my photographic work on this specie, as I have time to survey them, and it’s a totally territorial dragonfly, with a little attention you can observe on which grass they stay to hunt or to control their territory.

Please, be very friendly with my english writing, I’m in a bad day and it’s very hard to be right with grammatical and orthographic writing ,-)

Pierre Gagnaux

Pierre Gagnaux

I'm an active worker for wildlife conservation in my country, specially endangered birds species, and if you have some need of my pictures, I can offer you the free use, you can see them on my website, www.gagnaux.com A great success for your action, and best wishes for the future. Pierre Gagnaux

Pierre Gagnaux

Pierre Gagnaux

I'm an active worker for wildlife conservation in my country, specially endangered birds species, and if you have some need of my pictures, I can offer you the free use, you can see them on my website, www.gagnaux.com A great success for your action, and best wishes for the future. Pierre Gagnaux

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Pierre Gagnaux

Thanks for your appreciations, the pictures are made with my beloved α900 and the 135STF, mine is the Sony version, but it’s the same as the Minolta, and a cobra flash with a big diffuser in HSS to fill-in the excessive shadows.

To make a comparative test, some fresh from this morning with the 200F4 macro Minolta.

Glenn Bartley

 That’s a great combination – the Sony Alpha 900 with the Sony 135STF (Smooth Transition Focus). Superb shots.

Steven Scott

Wonderful macro photography! 

Glenn Bartley

Pierre, superb shots with excellent depth of field – I would be interested to know which lens and camera you are using for macro photography. PS. Your English is much better than my French!