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Band-winged Dragonlet

Band-winged Dragonlet
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My trip to Belize and Costa Rica [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-25 2:19
Viewed: 6431
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata) a neotropical dragonfly from the family Libellulidae. Unfortunately I couldn’t find much info on this species. It seems to occur from southern USA through central America and the Carribean to northern South America at least into Brazil and Paraguay. We found it in both Belize and Costa Rica. This species has a wingspan of around 75mm and is found in lowland wetlands to 400m.
This one, a young male, was captured at the huge lagoon at Crooked Tree, where there were surprisingly few dragonflies. Adult males are charcoal black and you can see one in the workshop. Females are brownish and don’t usually have the bands in the wings.

Ena, boreocypriensis, rcrick, Miss_Piggy, ramthakur, uleko, ellis49, Luis52, albert has marked this note useful
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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-25 2:21]

Hi Chris,
Lovely shot!
Beautiful details!

Hi my heartfelt friend Chris,
Good morning. Your capture of this beautiful Band-winged Dragonlet is excellent with superb clarity, DOF and POV. The diagonal pose also well-composed my friend.
TFS and my best regards,


Hi Chris,
Wonderful shot of this Band-winged Dragonlet, the detail is stunning, perfect separation between background and foreground, excellent POV, and the colours are just beautiful, really good work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-25 4:30]

Perfect shot of this Dragonlet.
The DOF here is spectacular!
Sharp with lots of detail in the abdomen and wings.
Very good composition as well.
Superb work Chris!


Hallo Chris
I always find the way the dragonflies hold on to a branch or stem of a flower very amusing and enjoyable. This one of yours is no exception. The Creation is so wonderful. Just to think that a tiny insect like this can hold on to something with such preciseness. You have captured this Band-winged Dragonlet with accuracy and beautiful displayed detail. Well composed with good clear details and nicely saturated colour. Excellent soft background drawing the attention right to the main subject. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards

A wonderful capture of this beautiful dragonfly from Belize, Chris.
Super POV, DOF, focus, sharpness and colours.
Thanks for sharing this excellent image and best regards.

Hello Chris,

Very beautiful composition. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Very good light and colours. Superb background.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-03-25 5:08]

Hello Chris,
you show a clear and sharp picture of the dragonfly. To do so, the
background design and structure is very important. You managed this excellently.
Depth of field, focus and sharpness are great.
Last but not least, the composition is very attractive.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Chris,
Beautiful shot of this dragonfly, great pov, colors, focus and composition.
Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-25 10:50]

Hi Chris,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful dragonfly with such awesome details and colours. Superb lighting and exposure. I like the wing patterns and the exclusive BG. Nice pose captured with a fine DOF and a well chosen POV. Excellent iagonal composition. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-25 10:55]

Hello Chris,
Very fine capture of this lovely Dragonfly with great focus on the eyes. I like its pose on the diagonal stem and the fine soft background. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Chris,
this is a beautiful dragonfly and you have captured it in an excellent way.
Well composed, good POV and great sharpness with very fine details. The subject standout nicely from the BG.
Well done, mf.

Cioa Chris,
un'immagine davvero eccellente di questa interessante libellula.
Ottima la messa a fuoco sulle ali che permette di osservare perfettamente la nervatura alare.
Piacevoli la composizione e l'inquadratura.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-25 11:39]

Hello Chris,
Great clear photo of this Dragonlet. Excellent sharpness, details, POV and colours. Beautiful OOF BG and composition.

Hello Chris,
Accurate limited focus through depth of field.
Very good point of view.
Well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-25 13:41]

Hola Chris,
precioso macro,
iluminación y excelente foco,
buen trabajo,

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-25 17:00]

Hi Chris,

Very, very, very nice image indeed.
Focus is excellent giving amazing details!
Very well done!


hi Chris,

Beautiful diagonally shot of these Libel.
Good of sharpness with beautiful colors.
Nice BG.

regards Gert

Hi Chris,
I like the composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness of your photo!
Well done

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-26 7:47]

Hi Chris.
It is always very nice for Me to see Your work here. Excellent sharpness and great pose of this "Caballito del Diablo" Dragonfly. I like the marks in the wings. TFS My friend

Hello Chris.
The pose of this "dragonlet" is lovely and the angle chosen perfect, with both wings into sight and the perch along the diagonal.
Beautiful capture of a beautiful subject and great BG.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

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