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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Kenko ext. tubes 12+20+36mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): World of Dragonflies, Alex99's favorite shots, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12), Best of Canon 400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-15 10:13
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
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Sympetrum sanguineum - Ruddy Darter

Widespread and locally common in suitable sites. Adults can be seen between mid June and September. The Ruddy Darter is found in fens, cutover bogs and small lakes including turloughs. There is some evidence for immigration.

This species is most likely to be confused with the Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombei and the Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum however the latter is more orange-red and has a straight sided abdomen and yellow stripes on the legs. Female Ruddy Darters are similar to female Black Darters Sympetrum danae however in the former there is no black triangular marking on the thorax.


* mature males have noticeably waisted blood-red abdomen
* females dull yellow brown
* legs all black in both sexes

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-15 10:24]

Hello Greg,
Amazingly sharp-detailed photo of this Darter in an excellent pose and composition. Splendid clear colours. Fantastic POV and BG. Great quality!

Hello Greg,
Very good quality as already mentioned above by Peter.
I especially appreciate the DOF and POV.
Well done

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-15 11:12]

Hallo Grzegorz,
kolejne przepiekne z doskonala ostroscia i najmniejszymi detalami pokazujesz nam tego insekta .Umiejscowiony na kwitnacej trawie z wspanialym tlem.Kolorystyka naturalnie bez zastrzezen.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam

Hello Grzegorz,
Excellent sharpness and DOF! Very good use of the extension tubes. I like the composition too with the diagonal of the Darter and the beautiful grass and background. TFS,

Bardzo ciekawie uchwycona. Piękne naturalne kolory, dobra GO i ostrość. Tło znakomicie rozmyte . Nic dodać nic ująć.
Pozdrawiam Małgosia
PS. Obiektywik sprawuje się na medal, choć nie było łatwo go opanować :)

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-07-15 11:40]

Hi Grzegorz,

beautiful, the composition, the light, the colors, the pose. Congratulations to this shot!

Best regards

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-15 11:55]

Outstanding dragonfly photo. Everything about it is excellent. Gary

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-15 12:45]

Hi Greg. As you say all ready to kill its dinner. A great pose on the single grass head against the plain BG. Fine detail aand colours in the Ruddy Darter.well done TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-15 17:53]

Hola Greg.
Muy hermosos colores en rojo de esta bella Libelula. La pose y el fondo difuso le da valor adicional a la imagen.
Saludos Greg.

very nice shot of the dragonfly, you have got excellent results with sigma 70/300. nice lighting and precise dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

The perch the Ruddy Darter has chosen to settle on adds tremendous aesthetic value to this sharp and crisp image, Greg.
You have also used the ambient light to perfection; the subject seems to be illuminated by a spotlight.
Another stunningly attractive image from your deft hands.

Hola Grzegorz,
Preciosa composición de esta bella libélula, magnífica nitidez con todo lujo de detalles, luz y color sobresalientes, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-16 1:21]

Hi Grzegorz.
Fantastic in every respect shot. How can you reach so wide DOF using extended tubes? Details and subject of the fine insect and so attractive ear is incredible. Lights/ colours and beautifulness of the BG are great too. This is my new favorite shot. Thanks and Bravo.

Hi Grzegorz,
Super clear photo. I love the detail and the variety of different colur tones.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-16 5:47]

Hi Greg , poised for the hunt indeed , great shot of this darter , the detail and color is great ,really nice work, thanks for sharing it

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2008-07-16 6:24]

Wprawdzie dzisiejszy bohater z Twojej fotografii jest popularny ale za jakosc naleza sie oklaski. Dobra robota.
Pozdr. Al.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-16 13:31]

Excellent clarity from that sigma lens.
Very sharp with very good detail.
Well composed and a decent POV.
Perfect DOF.

Well done, Greg!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-16 22:04]

Hello Greg

A wonderful shot of this beautiful darter.
The colours are super.
Excellent sharpness and focus.
The details are amazing.
Excellent pov and dof.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-17 1:23]

Hi Greg,
It's a crisp sharp and very well composed photo of the ruddy darter. I like the lighting, colors and pov a lot.

Hi Greg,
A superb capture of this beautiful dragonfly. Very well captured lights, Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Czesc Grzesiu
Ale eleganckie zdjecie. Pozuje pieknie. Wspaniala ognista czerwien i delikatny zielony. Piekne rozmyte tlo i ciekawa kompozycja z trawka. Bo to jest trawka? Czy zdjecie bylo robione w pionie?

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-18 6:36]

Hello Greg,
Lovely sharp capture of Sympetrum sanguinum, a species that we hope to see here again soon! Excellent DOF and lovely colours. This is a very fine composition with a nice background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-18 9:55]

Hello Greg,
Your sympetra come out earlier than ours. A great sharp capture of a male S. sanguinum in a fine pose on the grass seed-head and you composed it excellently to make the grass horizontal and the darter's body diagonal.
TFS this beauty,
Have a good weekend,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-18 12:34]

hi Grzegorz
waow fantastique macro, tout y est, couleur, lumière et netteté, tout a fait génial.


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