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Red Dragonfly

Red Dragonfly
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 105mm F2.8 "G" ED/IF VR macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-31 0:20
Viewed: 5110
Points: 38
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Red Dragonfly
This is my really first dragonfly’s photo and this little guy gave me a hard time , he didn’t like my camera or …my body, but he used to come back at the same spot all the time and finally I managed to catch him ! Out from a dozen this is my best or acceptable photo.
I dedicate this photo to Ivan and Ram who are the dragonflies’ specialists
I know nothing about dragonfly and I had a look at all the dragonflies posting on TN but I’m getting more and more confused… what is it : a skimmer, a darter, a trithemis, a sympetrum ,,, ???
I was convinced that Dragonflies were always living near water but this photo was taken in Hobatere a quite arid area in Namibia !
For sure my friends Ivan (Argus ) and Ram (ramthakur ) will identify my red little guy
Thanks in advance for your kind assistance

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-31 1:38]

Hello Albert,
A very fine capture of a dragonfly, especially as it is your first!
I can't give you the exact ID but it is a species of Crocothemis, amale showing typical upright posture to prevent overheating in the sun. Excellent sharpness and composition against a neautral BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Very good first try Albert, you've captured the wing venation perfectly in this sharp take from a good POV against a pleasantly OOF BG. I did a white balance adjustment on your image in my WS , hope you like it too...

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-31 2:42]

Hi Albert
Wonderful capture. Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-31 2:55]

Hi Albert.
I am impressed with precise selection of the DOF. Charming dragonfly is in focus at whole and BG is excellently smoothed. Exposure of the shot, beautifulness of the colours and terrific sharpness of the main object are ultimate. Well done and kind regards. TFS.

What an unreal shot, that is awesome for a first attempt. the colours and dof are great.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-31 4:18]

Hello Albert,
Wonderful view of this beautiful dragonfly in a lovely pose displaying the wings very nicely. Great sharpness and lovely bright colours. It stands out so well against the soft background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Albert,
this one is fantastic - and posed for you so elegant - I love the shot, excellent result.
I'm also not sure about the ID, it's difficult to name dragonflies out of Europe, so man different species.
Anyway it's wonderful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Albert, stunningly macro capture of a beautifully coloured and pretty dragonfly with a lovely posture from a wonderful POV with excellent details, colours and sharpness.
TFS. Have a great weekend MF!

hello Albert!
beautiful pose, almost a dance of this red dragonfly African captured with good details

best sERGIO

bonjour Albert

une très belle macro-photographie de cette insecte,
prise avec un excellent POV et cadrage, superbe focus
sur le sujet, belles tonalités de couleurs chaude,
superbe netteté et détails, TFS


  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-02-01 7:29]

Bonita pose de esta bella libélula y un encuadre excelente.
Un saludo Albert: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Albert

This is an impressive hand stand,by a beautiful dragonfly.
Excellent sharpness and focus.
Very good lighting ,the colours are vibrant and well saturated.
Lovely POV and DOF,the dragonfly is sharp against a very nice OOF BG.


Thanks a lot for thinking about Ivan and me while posting the picture of this handsome male, Albert. I need to do a bit of research to get to the true ID of this guy. I think I shot it once in Riyadh.
The picture is fantastic in terms of point of view, focus colours and composition.
If this is your first macro of a dragonfly, it is first rate in every respect.
Thanks and regards.
It is Trithemis kirbyi, Albert.

Qu'elle belle petite ballerine toute délicate et colorée! Les photos de Libellules ne sont pas faciles à faire, je n'en ai jamais réussis une bonne! La composition, les détails et couleurs sont dignes de mention et que dire du bel effet crée par cette profondeur de champs. C'est exquis! Bravo!

hello albert!
very good macro with fine pov and dof!
nice background too!
well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-14 20:44]

Hi Albert,
Outstanding shot of this dragonfly, standing upright, facing its abdomen towards the sun. Great sharpness and colours and I like the details on its wings. Excellent Lighting, POV, DOF and composition.

hello Albert
wauwh so super!!
wat a beautiful colours and good sharpness
super composition
greeting lou

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-07-14 13:20]

Bonjour Albert !
En parcourant votre galerie, je suis tombée sur cette photo qui a immédiatement attiré mon attention - la couleur rouge de la flamboyante libellule est magnifique. J'adore aussi la pose de l'insecte, les excellents détails, le BG flou, et la finesse des ailes transparentes parcourues de veines rouges. La composition et le POV sont parfaits. Félicitations !

Another super macro capture of this beutiful dragonfly with excellent clarity...
Best Regards

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-13 8:18]

Hello Albert!

Quelle finesse!!! Bravo pour cette merveilleuse dentelle naturelle!

Bonne fin de journée


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