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Perfect balancing

Perfect balancing
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-21
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 1:44
Viewed: 3721
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Epiprocta
Infraorder: Anisoptera

A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, and an elongated body.

Dragonflies typically eat mosquitoes, midges, and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies. They are therefore valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects. Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Dragonflies do not normally bite or sting humans, though they will bite in order to escape, if grasped by the abdomen.

Life cycle
Female dragonflies lay eggs in or near water, often on floating or emergent plants. When laying eggs, some species will submerge themselves completely in order to lay their eggs on a suitable surface. Most of a dragonfly's life is spent in the larval, (naiad, that is, nymph) form, beneath the water's surface, using internal gills to breathe, and using extendable jaws to catch other invertebrates or even vertebrates such as tadpoles and fish. The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. In smaller species, this stage may last between two months and three years. When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant at night. Exposure to air causes the larva to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its old larval skin, waits for the sun to rise, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies. The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as four months.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 180/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-04-21 13:51
Metering Mode: Partial
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 195 kb

All above done in PS CS3

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-03 1:51]

Hi Narayanan,
Interesting capture.Branch of plant seems a part of hoverfly.BG,sharpness and focus are also excellent.
Thanks for posting!

Hi Ganesh,
Superb detailed and splendid capture of this beautiful dragonfly friend. All are perfect! I also liked the fantastic green BG.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty and my best regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-05-03 2:55]

Hello Narayanan,
this is a nice picture of (most probably) Orthetrum sabina (family: Libellulidae).
Due to the smooth background, the wing venation is precisely visible.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Narayanan,
Splendid macro capture of a dragonfly. TFS. Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-03 4:42]

Hi Nara,excellent geometry,perfect details and beautifull point of view,my best compliments,Luciano

Hi Narayanan, splendid macro of beutiful dragonfly, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, great capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-03 7:31]

Hi Ganesh,

A perfectly balanced dragonfly and a perfect picture. Colors and details are excellent. The lacy looking wings are superb against the lovely green background. Wonderful horizontal compostition.


Excellent POV chosen, bro!The delicate details of this dragonfly are in perfect display.

This is a Slender Skimmer, Ganesan.
You have captured it from an interesting point of view.
The view from the top gives a fine impression of this dragonfly's features and colours.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-04 0:43]

Hi Ganesh.
What a crisp sharpness of the beautiful dragonfly. Simply great details and sweet colours. POV is very attractive. BG is fantastic as well as the main subject. Bravo. Great close-up.

Hi Ganesh Ji,
A superb capture of this beautiful dragon fly. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello ganesan,
excellent macro shot, the pov is so good and the sharpness is top notch, the oof green bg looks so beautiful, well done,
btw i could not get a macro lens once again as its out of stock and prices have been revised by another Rs 3500 .

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-05-04 11:59]

Hi Narayanan,
Very beautiful photo of this dragonfly, like you say Perfect balancing with nice BG

hello Narayanan,
a great macro of very beautiful dragonfly. POV is different, but very nice. Plain BG also great as like focus. green color of BG supply a nice contrast. Thanks for sharing this nice work. have a nice weekend

Hello Gannesh!

A nice, clear and well-composed shot! TFS.

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