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Black-tailed Skimmer

Black-tailed Skimmer
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-03 9:52
Viewed: 3631
Points: 49
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum, is a European dragonfly.

The male has a blue abdomen with a black tip and transparent wings, and the female has a yellowish brown body with black zigzag marks along the abdomen and the transparent wings.

This species has expanded its range, assisted by the creation of gravel pits which give it the extensive open unvegetated areas it prefers. It was first recorded in Great Britain in Essex in 1934.
Moe info here

Camera data:
Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
2/06/2007 16:56:24
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

Have a nice Sunday...

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Great color and depth of field. WOnderful detail. I tried a few dragonfly shots and I can't get that sort of detail. Beautiful photo. :)

good focus nice subject i wonder if their is a bit of a color cast? also i think increased contrast would be nice.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-03 10:58]

Hello Annick,
Very fine capture of a female Black-tailed Skimmer: the haven't started yet in Sweden.
Great sharpness, POV, composition and BG.
Nice shot!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-03 11:14]

Hi Annick

A very nice break from all the portrait and a splendid macro work from you! I was wonderring weather you could be tempted by these beautiful "photo-subjects" and it appears taht yes :)

A gorgeous presentation here with impressive details and a simply fantastic DOF that keeps the skimmer in excellent focus while blurring the BG so nicely.
The details here are impeccable and the colors are charming - with the typical markings of this species so well visible.

You beat me to this speceis (since i don't have any shots of it yet) but i promisse to try and catch up in the next days, if the weather holds up.

Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-03 11:26]

Hello Annick,
Great to see a dragonfly coming from you!! And a brilliant one as well! I've got several shots of the male but never managed the female. This is a very fine capture in great sharpness and natural colours. I like your POV and the soft dramatic background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Annick,
a very fine picture of black-tailed Skimmer.
Very good details, POV, composition´and colours.
Well done.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-03 12:18]

Hi Annick,
Mooi vastgelegd deze oeverlibel. Hele mooie hoek heb je uitgekozen dit geeft veel diepte in de foto. Mooie scherpte over de gehele libel.
gr. Paula

Hi Annick,
Another excellent photograph.

Hi Annick,

Sublime macro work, I really like it. Please pardon me but my time is limited, I have no time for a proper critique. Well done.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-06-03 12:57]

Hi Annick,
Nice and clear shot of the skimmer with wonderful colors.
My compliments.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-03 13:01]

Hi Annick.
I like your very well done shot of this beautiful dragonfly. It is perfect detailed and sharpened and all image is in focus. Picture is composed and exposed very well too with nice almost summer green-yellow colour tones. My best wishes and TFS.

Very attractive capture of this female Black-tailed Skimmer, Annick.
The wings in particular are well captured.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-03 14:02]

Hi Annick,

Great shot and a beautifully presented composition, the detail is excellent with a superb pose and POV, I really like the vivid colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

Good macro, Annick!

Hi Annick,
that's a wonderful dragon, I love the shot, it's an impressive dragonfly, thanks, very well done, you were so lucky to see this beauty, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-03 17:25]

Hi Annick,
Sharpness, details, composition,light and colors are very nice. I liked the composition and your POV. tfs.

Hello Annick,
Very nice photo. Great details (wings) and colours (body and BG).

Not familiar with this species so pleased to see it. Good shot and a slightly unusual composition. I will keep a look out for the insect.

bonjour annick
bien vu pour cette belle photo de libellule,la netteté est tres bonne,les couleurs naturelles,l'exposition parfaite et bonne profondeur.

Magnifiques détails, superbe photo avec très beau BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-05 17:04]

Hola Annick,
un bello trabajo,
colores y hermosos detalles,
excelente pov,

Hi Annick,

Schitterende opname van deze Orthetrum cancellatum
compo, scherpte, POV, DOF en kleur zijn perfect
Goede details vooral de vleugels

TFS Thijs

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-07 13:37]

Hello Annick,
Superb "Libellule" in a nice shot !
The "+++" : Vertical composition, subject, pose, POV, warm colors, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, light & exposure, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Beautiful capture Annick with the composition on the diagonal. Nice work.

Annick, in one world; WOW!

I would like to make beautiful ones like you!

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