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Common Oartail

Common Oartail
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-15 6:52
Viewed: 2295
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not much information is available on this species, so once again, I give below some information about Gomphidae:

Gomphidae is an Odonata family that contains about 90 genera and 900 species. They are commonly referred to as clubtail dragonflies. The name refers to the clublike widening of the end of the abdomen (abdominal segments 7 through 9). However, this club is usually less pronounced in females and is entirely absent in some species.

Clubtails have widely separated eyes, a trait they share with the Petaluridae and with damselflies. Adults are usually from 40 to 70 mm in length.
Most Gomphids breed in streams or rivers.

The picture was taken hand-held from a distance of about one metre. The light was poor, so I raised the ISO to 400 and also used fill flash. there was plenty noise in the BG which I removed using Gaussian Blur.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-15 7:33]

Hello Ram,
Pleasing photo with an excellent choice of composition. Good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, nicely contrasting against the dark background.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-15 8:18]

dear ram

excellent macro of this 'drgon type fly'.
i seen again and again this macro as
it is appearing like a true one.it is pearl colour of compound eyes.very nice capture.

have a nice day.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-15 8:58]

Hi Ram,very good portrait whit good sharpness,natural colors and a beautiful perspective,i like the brilliant light on the eyes.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-15 9:55]

Un buen acercamiento con una gran nitidez, no conozco esta especie pero se parece a algunos que tenemos aquí en España. Great sharpness and very natual color, I like it. Congratulation.

hello Ram
very nice picture with great details and lovely colours
very nice composition
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ram. Good shot with amazing colours and light.


Hello Ram,
A great portrait captured in a beautiful composition with great details and nice colours. I also like the clear BG. Well done!

Hello Ram,
Great crop with perfect composition.Wonderful colors and contrast.Great sharp details.
Thank You
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-16 3:34]

Hello Ram,
such a lively composition and the view is so well detailed. The pattern on the thorax is so well presented.
Excellent job.


a very interesting POV you captured with great skill. optimum sharpness and true to nature colour.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-02-17 7:05]

Hello Ram,
A really fine macro of this dragonfly that seems to have 3 pairs of eyes! :-) Very good use of flash showing great details and beautiful colours. I like the smart composition too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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