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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-26 6:11
Viewed: 4599
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another freeding hour...this time a bit less frenetic :)

This is another picture i took during this summer, again at the thermal lake from near my town. I remember going there specially with the idea to capture this particular species...and i was very thrilled to see him, having his lunch while resting on these big leaf.
He, in this case is i think a Orthetrum coerulescens, a medium sized dragonfly, which, in my opinion, looks great against those green leaves.

This Keeled Skimmer (as he is also known) is a European species that resembles the Black-tailed Skimmer but is slimmer and the male has no black tip. Females and immature males lack the black abdominal pattern. The pterostigma is orange and the thorax usually bears pale stripes. It breeds mainly in peat bogs and flies from June to September.

Hope you like it :)

EXIF data:
Canon S2 IS
Extra lens: Hoya Close-up +1
Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-Stop: f/8
Focal Length: 432mm (35mm equiv.)
Metering Mode: Pattern
ISO: 100
Flash: Yes (flash power: -2)
Exposure Bias: 0
Weather: slightly clouded but with good light

PS: this one i dedicate to Alexei (Alex99) because this, too is a macro with a flash usage, a topic very kindly and vastly discussed by him :)

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Hi Horia, as always an excellent composition. Great PoV and DoF, focus and sharpness outstanding, and contrast of colours spot on. Overall great photo. Well done. Thanks for sharing, regards Tim.

Hi Horia
Voracious beast. Never gets enogh :-)Great - sharp and well composed presentation.

Hi Horia,
What a beautiful combination in colors. The green of the reet really helps to bring out the blue and purple colors of the skimmer. The composition and DOF are stunning and the flash helped to illuminate the skimmer perfectly. The moment captured is awesome.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-26 6:35]

Nice one, Horia!
Great DOF and I like the 'wrap-round' effect of this dragonfly's wings on the reed. Nice light and comp. too!
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

Hi Horia,
it's wonderful - what a great luck to see such a fantastic blue dragonfly in this pretty pose with prey, I love it.
The eyes are so impressive, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-26 6:51]

Hello Horia,
Excellent shot of this a beautiful Skimmer - the blue eyes are amazing and the pose is beautiful. Very sharp against the green background.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Horia ,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured,

Well done Horia.
Very nice POV of the action, and I like the gray-blue colors of the skimmer as well..Great wing forward pose, DOF, sharp detail, and composed well. The subject stands out well on green :)
Have a Great Day!

Hej Horia,
this is a beautful dragonfly with good details and it stand out nice from the BG. Good POV and compostion.
The green tones together with the blue dragon is very nice.
Well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-26 7:14]

Hi Horia,
Very good pose and moment you have capture. I like the composition a lot.
TFS, José M.

hi horia,
lovely post,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
lovely colours, good sharpness,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-26 7:24]

Lovely macro,with excellent details..Good compo&POV!!

Hello Horia,
Nice action catch here! I like those pose of the insect and those beautiful and brilliant tones of grey. Details are very sharp and I like this great lightning. Good use of the flash, well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-26 7:47]

Hi Horia.
Many thanks for a brilliant example of masterly possession of a photo equipment. I only closely study experience of more skilled comrades and I try to apply it at my work. You and your pictures are among them.

I very much love technics and I read about it a lot. Before to estimate any picture, I look, what equipment and what technique were applied. That, what you do by means of your camera, is simply fantasy.

Your present shot is such perfect as previous yours. Great detailed and sharp dragonfly and well saturated colours, perfect DOF (BG is simply beauty: blurriness, amazing interchanging of light and dark strips, wonderful colour tones). Composition, cropping, presentation and note are superb, as always.

BRAVO and my best regards, my dear friend.

Hi Horia,
A superb shot with excellent details, the BG is even and adds value to the picture. The composition is something which I like , the body is diagonally positioned. Wonderful
TFS and happy clicking
Goutham R

Hi Horia,
Good image; especially the compo, sharpness are outstanding.
Subtle image!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-26 10:06]

Hello Horia,
I have not been lucky yet to catch one feeding.
Great close up. Details and sharpness are excellent.

Hello Horia,

Well another great photo from you, excellent colors, Bg, POF DOF perfect details, very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo, Great job and congrats,

TFS Kyle

Very good image of Keeled Skimmer, Horia.
Fine POV, details and colours.
I may be doing unnecessary nit-picking, but don't you think the top of the dragonfly's tail (or rear body part) loses some details to slight over-exposure?
However, all said and done, this picture is finely balanced in its overall impact.

Bonjour Horia
C'est une excellent Prise de vue ! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs, grande acuité et détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci ....JP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-26 12:57]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful close up.I liked POV,moment you caught,green BG,details,sharpness and composition a lot.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-26 13:11]

Wow Horia amazing shot and very nice timing here.
It looks like its 3D.
Great work.

if i mention S2 i/s performance in this critique you can hit me over the head...so i wont
these shots old chap are so good and sharp..i know one has to wait and get the moment right
but you seem to churn these out like you just went for a walk and snapped them
magnificent in all respects
oops did i say S2..:)

great shot and well earned points


bonjour horia
excellent moment que vous avez capturé là,la netteté est tres bonne sur toute la longueur de la libellule.jolies couleurs et bon POV.

Hi Horia,
An excellent shot on this Keeled Skimmer Dragonfly. Stopped to have a snack I see. The colors and detail really look great here. Well composed and framed. Nice camera work!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-26 22:32]

Hello Horia

Great job on this one.The DOF and POV are excellent.The clarity and focus is perfect.Lovely well saturated colours.Well done.TFS


Nice moment captured.
Excellen shot, well composed and detailed,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-27 2:56]

Hello Horia!

Just beautifull. Perfect composition, saturated greens on BG, pose of dragon, details, sharpness and last but not least - moment. This specie is quite common in my neighbourhood, but I've never captured it with prey.

Hi Horia,
Nice DoF, sharp and nice blurry BG. Well composed picture.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Superb result from the S2.

Stunning sharpness and DOF.
Great POV and background, good contrasting colours.
Great composition.

Hello Horia,
this is an excellent dragonfly shot. I like it very much. Great sharpness, details and colours. Great POV and composition. Thank you for posting.

Hi Horia,
Superb DF macro.İmpressive colours.POV,clear details,BG and composition are perfect.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-11-27 15:17]

Hello Horia !
Another wonderful shot from you ! You are really talented with a camera in your hands ! i like everything here : details, colors, composition, POV, BG... The pose of the dragonfly is interesting, looks like she is protecting her meal by wrapping his wings around him. Very well done !

Hi Horia, as usual for you a superb macro, great colors, sharpness, details, focus, all is ok in your photo. Great, ciao Silvio

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-27 17:23]

Another very nice catch my friend, for the opportune shot and their composition.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Excellent post for your personal portfolio.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-28 10:10]

Hi Horia.
This is excellent macro with perfect POV.I like the position that the are captured.Very nice details and splendid colours.Very good DOF,perfect OOF background.The green colour is astonishing.Of course beautiful composition too.Perfect work!Congratulate and TFS.

Greetings Milos

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-28 11:45]

Hi Horia

Superb sharp details and a great composition. Lovely colours especially the greens. Perfect DOF. Nature in action



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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-28 16:44]

Hi Horia
Great close-up shot. Good colours, shapnes, dtails, light, BG and POV.
Well done mf..


No Smiles left :( Will be back :)

Absolute stunner brilliant capture the background works well.
Nice one Horia...

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-11-28 22:00]

Hi Horia,
Great macro shot!
Very good detail and sharpness, nice colours and well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Horia,
A moment well captured. Very nice pov, dof, sharpness. A brilliant picture. TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-29 15:30]

Bello disparo, nitidez y buena composición... agradable Bg. y buen flash, saludos Horia

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-11-29 16:05]

Hi Horia,
Excellent Dragonfly close-up my friend.
I like your focus,sharpness,pov,dof,colors,framing,blurred bg and overall composition.Mersi:)

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-02 13:41]

As a lover of dragons I come ofcoarse back to this shot,
the pov is very nice and the light is good and the quality is good, very good dragon shot,
gr. jaap

Hi, Horia.
Nice dragonfly and interesting moment. Sharp, well composed shot. Good colors and exposure.

Hi Horia

The details you show here are outstanding. Perfect macro with all the elements spot on. Thank you!

You've got a great portfolio and some nice macro's I like this one very much nice sharp detail pefect DOF and a good background TFS rgds Necip.

I found that pic while watching your most recent posting.
This one is even better: similar pose but the prey is of course a big plus.

Hallo Horia
Excellent macro shot of this "Eating again" Keeled skimmer. Wonderful and sharp details. I like the dark sppots on the headpart or is it its eyes? It looks as if this skimmer was polished and groomed for the photographic session. A definite PPPP - perfect picture pretty photo. The green background and the blue colour of the skimmer is a lovely combination and a perfect match. Although this was one of your much older photos it was lovely to look at.
Kind regards

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