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Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-24 6:35
Viewed: 4078
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common and widespread. The flight period extends from mid May to the end of August. The Four-spotted Chaser is one of the commonest Irish dragonflies. It is particularly common on sheltered lowland lakes and ponds. It can also be found on acid bogs breeding in very small pools and on sheltered upland lakes. Adults are aggressive and very territorial.

This species may be confused with females and immature males of the Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa and the Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, however in the latter two species there is no dark spot on the middle of the leading edge of the wings.


Small brown patch on the middle of the leading edge of each wing, this combined with the dark pterostigma is the origin of the name "Four-spotted Chaser".
Brown tapering abdomen, becoming black towards the posterior end.
Yellow markings on sides of abdomen.
Dark brown patch at the base of the wings.

During my fish day ofcourse I go also looking for composition. Well I found some. I hope you like them. This one I took on iso 100.
Regard Jaap

eng55, vanderschelden, uleko, nglen, jaycee, meyerd, Hil, rcrick, mariki, matatur, marhowie, wuta, Amadeo, maurydv, Luis52, lise, jconceicao, iris, Royaldevon, rdfoto, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-24 6:36]

Hi Jaap,
Beautiful close up.Exposure is spot on,details are tack sharp.POV,colors,simple BG and composition are perfect.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hallo Jaap,
Een hele mooie, Jaap!
Zeer goede compo, scherpte, sherptediepte, enz.
Bedankt en de groeten...

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-24 7:00]

Ha Jaap,

Een mooie opname van deze chaser,ik heb enige dagen geleden dezelfde libelle op TN gezet,je kunt dus gerust zeggen dat hij "common and widespread" is,mooie kleuren en een goede scherpte en fraaie achtergrond,bedankt


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-24 8:58]

Hi Jaap. This is a first class close up of the Four spotted Chasher. The detail and colours are spot on with sharp focusing. with good use of the light on the wings. well done TFs. Interesting notes too

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-24 9:11]

Hi Jaap,

A magnificent close-up of this Four Spotted Chaser - and a beautiful picture. Colors are rich and wonderul. Fine details of the dragonfly. The composition is superb.


Hello Jaap
This is a superb presentation...I really like the pov here and your dof which has a super sharp body and virtually all of the wings..No easy thing to do...Its a shot worthy of being in a reference book.
Best Regards

Hi Jaap,
It looks like a little jewel! Details are amazing in superb composition and much agreeable tones of colors. A very harmonious picture! :)

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-05-24 11:20]

Hi Jaap,

I discover your gallery belatedly, sorry about this, Jaap. You are an expert on dragonfly photography among other things. This picture shows your consummate skill: dragonflies are in my opinion a question of light, animal pose and angle above other things. You did extremely well with this Chaser. I'm learning here!
Best regards

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-24 11:33]

Hi Jaap,

What a stunning capture of the Chaser.
Very nicely composed with a wonderful POV and a excllent pose.
The details are nice and sharp on the whole insect with a superb DOF too.
The colours are beautiful and lovely light too.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-24 14:15]

I found and photographed my first Four-Spotted Chaser only yesterday! :-)
It is a really impressive dragonfly and you show it so well here.
The POV and composition can't be better!
Very sharp and full of detail.
Excellent DOF.
Great colours.

Superbly done Jaap,

Hi Jaap,

Wow this is a stunner, amazing colours and detail, excellent POV, really beautiful work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-25 1:27]

Hallo Jaap,
Schitterende macro in prachtig licht. Mooie harmonie in de kleuren. Perfecte compositie. Erg goede scherpte en details. Fraaie achtergrond.

Hello Jaap,

Very beautiful composition. Excellent POV and sharpness. Splendid colours. I have not seen this Chaser here yet.

Hello Jaap,
This is a beautiful macro-shot of a four spotted chaser in good focus and exposure, perfectly highlighted against the subdued greenish OOF background. The composition is also exceptional. TFS this fine image my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-25 3:14]

Hello Jaap,
Very fine capture of Quadrimaculata in a fine pose. Lovely colours and very sharp details that stand out against the green background. I like your composition very much.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Jaap,
Excellent comp, colors, details, exposure, and DOF from this POV.
Great looking perch with the flowers at the top, a lovely BG.
This beauty stands out very well in the frame also :)
Well done!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-05-25 10:57]

Schitterende compositie Jaap , prachtige details scherpte pov dof ,alles perfect , Groeten Teunie .

Hi Jaap, splendid dragonfly with wonderful colors and superb sharpness, perfect focus and fine details, elegant presentation, very well done, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Hallo Jaap,
Zeer goed close up, met mooie gold kleuren en background. Proficiaat! Met vriendelijke groeten,

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-26 10:56]

Hola Jaap, excelente fotografia, buena composición, nitida, color natural y con muy buena luz. Un saludo

Splendida macro, bellissime presentazione e composizione in una classica posa su un supporto bello e inusuale, ottima nitidezza e definizione nei dettagli, magnifici colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-26 15:17]

Hola Jaap.
You have here an excellent macro Photo. I know how hard is to have a good sharpness all the way from this POV.
Great macro my friend.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-05-26 16:22]

Hi Jaap,
This is a great macro. The sharpness and details are simply amazing, lovely natural colours, great DOF and POV.
Well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-27 9:18]

Hi Jaap,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful dragonfly with such lovely colours and details. Very sharp image and a fabulous pose captured with precise DOF and a well chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Jaap,

Fantastic close up.Excellent definition with nice colours.Good sharpness.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-28 0:35]

Splendid cpature with lots of details of this 4 spotted chaser. The sharpness, coloyurs and the DoF is outstanding.
very well done.

Wow, Jap! What incredibly sharp details on this chaser! The diagonal composition is perfect as are the colours and the presentation.

I really could not think of a single attribute to improve this shot!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Life on the Ocean Waves'.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-06-02 12:30]

Bonjour Jaap
Magnifique prise, excellente à tout point de vue,
félicitations Robi

The colours and patterns stand out really nicely here Jaap.
Exposure and composition are perfect.
An awesome shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-16 11:07]

Hi, dear Jaap.
I have missed whole series of your wonderful shot. All of them will be comment by me with great pleasure for me.

Simply amazing specimen. You have selected DOF perfectly. I am impressed with sharpness and details of all image of the fine dragonfly. BG is amazing too as well as colours and light. Bravo. Great picture with any doubts.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-08 7:37]

Hello Jaap

Excellent clarity and focus.
The colours are lovely with natural tones.
A lovely diagonal pose.
Excellent pov and dof.


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