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Yellow-tailed Ashy Skimmer

Yellow-tailed Ashy Skimmer
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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: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): gondox's favorite Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-09 18:56
Viewed: 4447
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, in September 2008, I was in Ajmer, Rajasthan, and staying on the campus of my old residential school called Mayo College. As I have written many times earlier, that 400 acre campus is a wild life sanctuary in itself.

It was about 8 in the morning that I set out to take some pictures. I began with the immediate surroundings of the guest house I was staying in, and I was thrilled at all sorts of butterflies and other insects milling around. There was such a variety of them I just kept shooting like crazy. Since I was having a great go at the butterflies, I only occasionally clicked other insects when they came within the range and frame. This dragonfly I am posting today was one of them. It was a single shot and it was lost even to me with so many butterflies filling up my memory card. It was only out of curiosity that I picked this picture the other day to find out what I had shot in that frame. And lo and behold, this was a Yellow-tailed Ashy Skimmer -- my first and only one till date.

My research shows it is not a very common dragonfly and there is practically very little information available on it. As such, I have been able to gather only its common and genus name -- Potamarcha congener. It is a good looking dragonfly with two-coloured eyes, an ashy blue thorax and a four segmented black and yellow abdomen or tail.
Hope you like it.
Thanks for looking and all the best.

Heaven, Jamesp, siggi, valy67, Mello, fyapici, jeanpaul, maurydv, uleko, eng55, Alex99, goutham_ramesh, roges, rousettus, cedryk has marked this note useful
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-09 21:18]

Hello Ram
Wonderful macro capture of this dragonfly with vivid colors, sharp details and clear BG
Thanks for sharing

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-09 22:28]

Dear Ram!

Many thanks for presenting us this apparently rare dragonfly. The simple composition well serves the aim of the picture and the viewer gets a good overall impression of this beautiful insect. I also find the lighting- and colour management very good and the nicely blurred background highlights the shapes of the dragonfly at best. Moreover, your picture is well accompanied by your notes that are a subtle and pleasant mix of narration and information.

Kind regards


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-09 23:07]

Hello Ram

A beautiful capture of this rare dragonfly. I remember Ajmer very well - an an amazing place - but then so many places in India are.

Your account reminds me of an evening in Nagur - two boys started talking to us whilst we were eating and insisted that we came back to meet their parents who were teachers - we spent a lovely evening in the teachers' compound.

Best wishes


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-09 23:47]

Hello Ram.
Well composed picture with this dragonfly.Superb POV presented great sharp details on the entire body.Beautiful colors and good blurry BG with nicely bright green color too.Well done.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ram !
I really LOVE the color of this Dragonfly, I think I had nevr seen this species before. And you have made such a great capture. I like the very typical pose of the insect, the vivid colors, the blurred BG, and the composition, with lots of space around the Dragon. Very well done !

Hi Ram,
great shot with a great composition and good sharpness. The dragonfly stands out very well against the clear baackground.
TFS Tatjana

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-10 3:34]

Great insect position by your good POV dear Ram. You did a good job and captured nice colours and textures.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-10 4:20]

Hi Ram
What a great macro!
I like the sharp details of your beautiful dragonfly.
Amazing capture!

hello Ram
very good sharpness and good details from this beautiful dragonfly
super pose with great bg.
greeting lou

Hello Ram, my dear friend.

You have posted here a wonderful macro shot. It doesn't any word to critize. We have to thank for sharing this beauty, and we have to congratulate you for this work. Bravo and TFS.


Salut Ram

Belle compositon pour cette photo. J'aime beaucoup le point de vue. L'angle de la lumière fait bien ressortir les couleurs et les détails des ailes. Bravo et merci....JP

Hello Ram,
a very beautiful macro shot of this Dragonfly talken from an ideal POV showing perfectly its markings with very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very pleasant composition with a marvellous OOF BG.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-10 8:04]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful photo of this skimmer in great natural, well saturated colours. Excellent sharpness an details. Good composition and OOF BG.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-10 8:11]

Hello Ram,
How come you've kept back this excellent capture of this fantastic dragonfly for so long? It is a real beauty, I love its colours and marking and you're presenting it here against a fine soft background and in a beautiful composition too!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Ram, fantastic dragonfly on a wonderful blurry BG, good natural colors, finne details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-10 14:35]

Merhaba Ram,
çok net, çok güzel bir kompozisyon.
Tebrik ederim.

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2010-02-10 17:25]

Hi Ram!

It does look really special - the 'usual' tones of blue but with those special yellow spots. Dragonflies and damselflies are like Lego for me - there's many variations you'll find been put together of some known 'ingredients' or parts :) I'm not at all a specialist but like to watch them very much.
Very well taken especially for a singe frame..

Congratulations and TFS!

Best regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-10 22:21]

Hi Ram,
Very beautiful macro work.Well caught and
composed.I liked BG,framing,lighting and
colors also a lot.Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting..

Fine image of the dragonfly composed well, good one.TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-11 9:06]

Hi Ram.
This species is uncommon in our region. It is really beautiful. Composition of the shot and POV are the best for this subject I think. All features of the dragonfly if shown perfectly against the fine smooth BG. Excellent close-up. My best wishes and TFS.

Thanks for your comments on my picture :-) You've become an expert on these flies these days. looking at your Saudi days its a great leap Sir. This is an excellent picture with good sharpness. I liked the composition with directional space on the right.
Goutham R

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-13 6:47]

Hello Ram,
which interesting shot!
A large dragonfly class.
Excellent POV with fine detail and superb colors.
My cordial congratulations,

Hello Mr. Ram
Yellow-tailed Ashy Skimmer is very beautiful dragonfly with colorful abdomen and head. I think I have seen this species firstly. You greatly captured it with wonderful sharpness of focus, exposure, light using and composition. BG and coloration splendid. thanks a lot for sharing this beauty.
I'd like to see your new posts. best regards and have a wonderful day my friend

Hi Ram

Great capture of this blue dragon. A well ballanced shot with lovely background and excellent sharpness. Good pose and POV.


  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2010-04-02 14:14]

Dear Ram,
It's a very nice dragonfly. Never seen one coloured this way. I like the uniform background and pov.
Nice to see new contributions from you. Lately I'm a rare guest on TN!
Best greetings,

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