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Scarlet Skimmer Female

Scarlet Skimmer Female
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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: 2008-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 4:50
Viewed: 3854
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I consider myself a dragonfly man and look at me, I'm posting a dragonfly picture after months!
I think I posted the last one nearly 6 months ago.

So here is one from my archives. It is none other than my favourite Scarlet Skimmer or Ruddy Marsh Skimmer (female) who is very cooperative during shooting.

Here is a little information about this species of dragonflies:

Name: Ruddy Marsh Skimmer
Scientific Name: Crocothemis servilia

The female Ruddy Marsh Skimmer is reddish yellow in colour. The male is blood red in colour with marked blue in the lower part of the eye. Both have amber coloured wing patches at the base of their wings and a black mid dorsal stripe on the abdomen.



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Hi Ram
Impressive moment captured
Good shot. Nice macro....good contrast. Good efforts.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-13 5:20]

Hello Ram,
A superb capture of the Ruddy Marsh Skimmer in a very nice pose. Excellent DOF, great sharpness and I love the golden colour! A very fine composition too. Excellent work!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-13 5:51]

You are a specialist dragonfly photographer Ram, even if you haven't posted an image of one for months.
You clearly haven't lost your touch: the POV, precise focusing and sharpness and the composition are all excellent to show this female Skarlet Skimmer in the best possible way.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
All the best,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-13 6:21]

Hello Ram
A beautiful composition with sharp details and excellent focus.The POV and DOF are well handled.The colours are vivid and well saturated.Very nice OOF BG.Great job.Best regards Siggi

Wow, amazing sharpness & details of the dragonfly. I adore your patience & the final outcome of your efforts as evident in your clicked shots. I like the beautiful display of the wings & colorful dual shades compound eyes of this Ruddy Marsh Skimmer. TFS.

Hello Sir,
Nice capture of dragonfly. Good composition. Good Sharp focus on subject. Nice macro shot. TFS - Regards - Adil.

Olá Ram

Excelente foto.
Detalhes que impressionam.
Cores ótimas.
Grande abraço,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-13 10:20]

Hello ram !
Great picture of this golen dragonfly, she is very beautiful ! And you also managed to get a clear capture, each little hair is pin sharp, and I also like the very natural colors, the composition with the D-fly sitting on a beautiful leaf, and the pose of the Dragon. These insects always look great on pictures. Very wel done !

Hi Ram,
this dragon looks like it is gold-plated.
And it is sitting for you in a nice pose.
I also love the background, a beautiful arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

wonderful capture with perfect light and details , beautifil saturated colours and great DOF ,

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful scarlet skimmer female. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-13 10:56]

Hello Sir Ram, a superb close-up of this honey-coloured dragonfly with lovely pose and nice details.
TFS & G's,

A perfectly composed and focussed macro capture of this pretty d-fly Ram. Details, DOF and your pOV are excellent. Colours also great.
TFS and cheers,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-13 12:01]

Hi Ram. This one was to good to just keep in your archives i am glad you have let it out for use to see.
You took this with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given fine colours. well done TFS.

Where did you find this golden treasure Ram, ah, in your archives... Would like to see that archive someday! The image is, as usual, perfectly captured and one of my favourite topics concerning d.flies, their heterogenously constructed compound eyes is highly evident here, but what interests me most here is the quite visible bubbles (of haemolymph surely) within the anterior thoracic region. Good capture indeed my friend.

Ciao Ram, fantastic dragonfly with splenddi golden colors, superb details and excellent sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-13 16:01]

Hi Ram,fantastics details and impressive contrast between the skimmer and the green background,perfect work,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Ram
Superb shot of this dragonfly, I like his golden colors very much. Great POV, DOF, pose and sharpness,
very well done

Hello Ram,
An excellent capture of this Scarlet Skimmer.
Good POV and wonderful detail and colour.
Very nice job indeed.

Hi Ram,

This is a stunner, what a shot of this female Ruddy Marsh Skimmer. Those colours are amazing and the detail is just superb, beautiful framing really nice work, t.f.s.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-14 0:53]

Hi Ram,
Excellent macro shot.Details are tack sharp.Exposure,POV,framing,colors and blurred BG is wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Just awesome. Nothing more to say.


Hello Ram,

Fantastic colors and sharp image. I like the focus and POV.


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  • ravish (28)
  • [2009-01-14 21:19]

Hii Ram,
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this shot.The vivid details,sharpness,the body glow exceptional.I wonder how you manage to capture it so well.Excellent DOF and I think this is Macro photography at its best.

Hallo Ram
I love the lacy texture seen on the wings of this Scarlet Skimmer. It is very fine and delicate.
I am also very impressed with the details of the spikes on the paws. It almost looks like fine pencil marks drawn by hand. The leaf you have captured the dragonfly on, reminds me of the road markings on a highway. The different horizontal lines and colours are pretty striking and draw the eye to the detail of the paws, holding on to the leaf. A very interesting capture..
Best regards

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  • gorky (22)
  • [2009-01-15 13:20]

An amazing picture. The detail of the dragonfly is amazing.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-16 9:24]

As clear as it can be. Excellent sharp image. Great depth of field.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-17 13:04]

Very fine capture of this Ruddy Marsh Skimmer!
Excellent detail.
Very clear.
Well composed.
Nice colours.

Well done,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-19 21:28]

Hello Ram,

Your close-up with the dragonfly is very well done. You have chosen a DOF big enough to cover insect's body and part of the wings. Therefore good details of legs and body can be seen. Colors are very nice and naturaly looking.

Thank you fo sharing,

Hello Ram,
excellent work with very nice female Ruddy Marsh Skimmer! Beautiful composition, details and colours!

Best regards, Leonid

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