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A Lancashire Dragonfly

A Lancashire Dragonfly
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 G ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 9:12
Viewed: 2933
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

This is a momentous posting, for me!
It is the first time that I have ever captured a Dragonfly!
That is the wonderful part of photography, there can be lots of exciting FIRSTS!
Sadly, I am not quite sure on its identification. I have looked on the Internet and followed the key but without the actual specimen to observe clearly, I can't be sure. I am confident that someone, who is far more experienced in such matters than me, will be able to help me here.

I can tell you, that I captured it at Martin Mere Wetland Trust. It was the only one that I saw all day so I was thrilled to get a shot of it.

Many thanks for your interest.
Please feel free to help me out or offer any comments on the photograph. :-)

Hand held.
pp cropped, sharpened, brightened, added borders and signed

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-08 9:17]

Hello Beverley,
nice capture of the dragon fly, the colour of the bg and the shadow of the dragonfly makes this shot different, nice pov, well composed shot,
Regards Siggi

  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2008-11-08 9:32]

Hi Beverley,

nice view of this dragonfly. pity that now we have to wait several months to see them again.

i will need a bigger photo to be sure but the jizzzz say this is a male of Sympetrum vulgatum or Moustached Darter (male is for sure).
if you put in workshop a bigger view of thorax/legs/head i can be sure. a more lateral shot of the head will be better.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-08 9:39]
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Hi Beverley. Congrats on your first Dragonfly i do think its a Common Darter. ( Sympetrum striolatum ) They are about the last ones left flying in England at the end of October. You have taken a good close up showing fine detail and bright colours. well done TFS.

with this lens you did do a good job Beverley
a fine capture, a very nice composition, and very nice to look at, fine photojob have a nice evening.
regard jaap

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-08 10:09]

Hello Bev,
Congratulations! First time and a very fine capture of this what I too think is S. striolatum. You caught in a a fine pose and show details and colours pretty well. I like your composition too!
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-08 10:22]

Hello Beverly,

Very nice capture of my favourite dragonfly. Good composition. Very good focus. I agree with Nicholas. I think it is a Common Darter male. They can fly until November if the weather is good enough. Excellent exposition and good natural colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-08 10:30]

Hello Beverley,
What a fine dragonfly shot, especially for a first! The lighting is great and the focusing spot on to give us a sharp and detailed view that confirms this is a male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum).
Well done and thanks for sharing this image and what can be the start of more shots of drangonflies from Lancashire!
Have a good weekend,

Ciao Bev, splendid dragonfly with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-08 13:43]

Hi Beverley,
Beautiful close up of this dragonfly.I liked sharpness,POV,colors and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Bev,
Very nice capture of this Common Darter in beautiful sunshine. Good POV, DOF and composition, sharp details and bright natural colours.

Hello bev,
my compliments for the first dragonfly
this red sympetrum vulgatum is presented
with excellent details and classic pose

cheers sERGIO

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-08 18:38]

Hi Beverley.
Thanks for warm comments on my last post and thanks for your picture of beautiful dragonfly. This charming creature s looked on impressive old wood log very attractively. Green smooth BG is a very nice addition for the main scene. I like wonderful DOF and perfect sharpness of the insect image, fine diagonal composition and the best POV. My kind regards and TFS.

hello beverley,

congratulations on posting your first dragonfly here, you rightly said that there could be lot of exciting firsts in photography.

for the first dragonfly capture you have managed with good results, i have observed that dragonfly is difficult insect to shoot because of the wings which are always open while its perched and hence getting the wings in foucs is really difficult with small dof values, you got total insect in sharp focus, i liked the composition too,

this is my first critique on your dragonfly post :-). so here comes another first.
tfs & regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-09 12:20]

Hello Beverley,

The dragonfly sitting on that light colored wood looks very well. You have shown nicely the natural colors of the insect. Moreover the fair background enabled you to show well the delicate structure of the wings.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-09 22:21]

Hi Beverly!

Congratulations for your first try. I also have tried it and know how difficult it is. I believe that it is important and funny to try new subjects.

In your picture, I especially like the unusual background used in a fine composition.

Kind regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-10 15:24]

Hi Bev,it's your first and i hope to will see others beautifuls like that! There is a special light inside this pic,great point of view and perfect sharpness and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Bev,
Nice to see your beautiful dfly well captured with good exposure and focus!
the image is sharp with good colour and details in the shot
well done and take care

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