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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, World of Dragonflies, Dedications at Trek Nature part Four [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-15 5:29
Viewed: 4004
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Continuing with my mini series of dragonflies today I present this beauty - Crimson-tailed Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum pruinosum). These are aboslutely stunning dragonflies with such sticking coloured abdomens and dark coloured thorax. Shot taken hand-held early in the morning. Hope everyone like it.

I dedicate this shot to our friend from New Zealand Ho Tony who has portrayed his beautiful country even better through his lens. And also for his liking of dragonflies.

Size: Male: Abdomen: 28-31mm, Hind wing: 32-36mm. Female: Abdomen: 30mm, Hind wing: 37mm. Description: Male: Face is ochreous to pale reddish brown. Eyes: Blue black above and bluish grey below. Thorax: Is covered with fine hairs and reddish brown to dull purple. Legs: Black and reddish brown at the base. Wings: Transparent. In old adults, it is pale brown towards the tip.On the fore and hindwings, the basal area is marked with reddish brown. Wing spot: Reddish brown. Abdomen: Bright red. In old adults it is purplish due to pruniscence. Female: Face is pale olivaceous. Eyes: Yellowish, capped with brown. Thorax: Reddish brown or dull ochreous with indistinct lateral brown stripe. Wings: Similar to male but the basal markings are indistinct. Abdomen: Is dull ochreous with each segment thinly bordered with black. Habits and habitat: A very common dragonfly of wells, ponds, ditches, tanks and rivers. Males are very conspicuous and can be seen perched on shrubs, stones etc. Breeding: Breeds in puddles, ponds and tanks. Flight season: Throughout the year. Distribution: Oriental region.

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Bellissima macro, ottimo POV, molto bella la composizione che isola l'insetto, peccato che il rametto vada oltre la testa, ottima nitidezza, molto belli i colori e splendido BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-15 6:24]

Hi Sumon,
Excellent macro shot.Exposure is spot on details are tack sharp.Vivid colors,DOF and composition are also wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-05-15 7:19]

Hi Sumon,
It's a lovely photo for Tony. Clarity, focus, sharpness, POV, colors and details look very good. TFS
Best wishes,

almost a Xmas image with the red against the green...although this red is a bit more toward the purple side..just a tad...Straight in the vertical it perches and sits still while you take your time to do your work...So we are back full circle ow...and we shall see what this summer brings...I can see it starting with a bang!

Hello Sumon,

Very good sharp picture of this beautiful dragonfly. Very nice detail and beautiful colours.

Hi Sumon,

Very impressive looking Marsh Hawk! Good composition, nice POV and DOF, sharp details and beautiful bright colours.



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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-15 9:02]
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Hello Sumon, splendid capture. TFS. Regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-15 9:43]

Hi Sumon,

This IS a stunning looking dragonfly. And a stunning shot. The pose with the insect perfectly straight and the wings upwards in a V is beautiful. Colors are striking - details superb - background and composition marvelous.


Hii Sumon,
A superb razor sharp image of this Crimson-tailed Marsh Hawk with wonderful details. TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
  • [2008-05-15 11:50]

Hello Sumon,
For the second this evening I see a fantastic photo from you. Sharpness, details and colours are really perfect. POV, DOF and composition marvelous. Great dedication.

My dear buddy,
This is another of my favorite dfly in red tail and the image is so sharp and beautiful, I enjoyed every inch of it with beautiful colour and details
many thanks for the sharing!
take care and best wishes to your family

Hola Sumon.
Preciosa macro con unos detalles increíbles.
Bellos colores y transparencias.
Genial PoV y buena nota.
Saludos y tfs, JL.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-15 13:33]

hi Sumon,
excellente image , la composition est particulièrement bien réalisée. Superbe couleur rouge.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-15 13:40]

What a fabulous dragonfly!!
The red colouring is stunning!
Exceptional DOF for f/3.2 and very accurate focusing too.
Brilliant lighting and exposure.
Superb sharpness.
Tony will surely love this!

Very well done, Sumon!


Hello Sumon
Very nice shot of this Scarlet Dragonfly,
Perfect details,colors and composition.
Superb shot my friend.


Hello Sumon,
wovv, excellent macro shot of this pretty and colorful dragon. a perfect symetry, excellent sharp details and POV. composition and splendid colors wonderful. thanks so much for sharing, best wishes

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-05-15 22:25]

Hello Sumon,
Very beautiful, he is so colorful! Great composition,
the POV is also very nice.. Well done


A prize shot of this interestingly coloured Dragonfly, Sumon.
It was only once that I had the opportunity of seeing this insect near a pond in Himachal Pradesh. I tried shooting it but none of my shots turned out to be any good. It was mid day with harsh glaring sun and my camera settings were awful!
You have got the focus spot on on the entire subject. The rich colours on its thorax and abdomen are very beautiful.
TFS and regards.

Hi Sumon Da,
A nice capture of this beautiful crimson marsh hawk. Lovely composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5802 W: 89 N: 14912] (62518)
  • [2008-05-16 1:47]

Hi Sumon,another fantastic macro,wonderfull perfection in sharpenss and colours and very interesting note,great!!!My best compliments,Luciano

Hello Sumon,
A beautiful dedication to Tony. After seeing his picture of Autumn colours, what better than this Ruby red dragon fly to dedicate to him.:)
Excellent POV, sharpness and details.Beautiful golden light.Nice composition.
Thanks for the share,

Hello Sumon, I like this wings up position of your Crimson-tailed Marsh Hawk. The red and black on this dragon is very good. Very good sharp detail seen on this guy with good use of your depth of field to show us some of the surroundings.

Thanks, John

Hi Sumon, superb dragonfly with fantastic details and splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-05-16 6:42]

Hello Sumonda, This is brilliant and nice shot too. I like the view and the brilliant composition. Ganesh

Beautiful red abdomen Sumon, great shot!
Excellent detail, colors, and exposure.
The off-center comp works well also :)
Have a Great Weekend,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-16 16:14]

Hello Sumon,
Beautiful specimen indeed Sumon and your outstanding camera work provides us with an extremely incredible image with amazing details and colors. Thank you

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-16 19:01]

Hola Sumon.
Exelente Macro. Hermosos los colores rojos del abdomen de este bello especimen. Alta calidad en fotografia y una nota muy interesante tambin.
Saludos My friend.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-16 23:24]

Hi Sumon

Great shot - good framing plus great colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


Mucha belleza y originalidad en el encuadre.
Abrazo Sumon.

Excellent shot,...Very interesting notes as well!Sorry have to run!

Hello Sumon,
Excellent photo through its amazing quality, technically as well
as aesthetically. I want to underscore the natural light and the precise DOF. Very beautiful dragonfly as well.
Well done!

Hello Sumon. Sharp detail of this dragonfly. Well captured in tall format exposing the whole body and wings in the frame. Super sharp image and just stunning against the pleasant background. Regards. Jusni

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-18 20:51]

Hello Sumon

Excellent sharpness and focus.
The colours are wonderful,the red is beautiful.
You have a very good pov for this shot.
Well composed with good dof.

Belissima foto de qualidade exelente macro e nitides magnifico parabéns.

Hello Sumon,
splendid macro-shot my friend,
lovely colours, and technically perfect,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-18 0:27]

Hi Sumon,
what brilliant colours and well lit up Bg.
I have become a real big fan of dragonflies.this is a fine capture with good details on its body and i love its red coloured body.The shot as ever is sharp , with excellent clarity and details. You managed a good DoF and also a nice Bg.
TFS & cheers


And here I am again :) And again with comment to Odonata photo :)
I am especially impressed in colouration of this species. Bluethorax and red abdomen, I really do not remember such combination in species I have seen before :)
Very nice POV and great sharpness.
All the best,

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