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Emperor Dragonfly

Emperor Dragonfly
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 4:46
Viewed: 2422
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The largest of the county's dragonflies, a powerful insect, wary and difficult to approach. It is most usually seen on territory, hunting over a waterbody, swooping and darting with amazing speed and agility. In flight the male appears a striking turquoise blue, the female a dullish green, but the absence of spots on the abdomen separates them from the other hawker types. At rest a dark line can be seen running down the middle of the abdomen.

Favoured habitats include big ponds, gravel pits, canals and slow flowing rivers with abundant marginal vegetation. The flight period is from early June to late August. On several occasions continental specimens are thought to have bred at Gibraltar Point - the females being coloured blue as the in the male forms.

It is never particularly numerous where it is found due to its very territorial behaviour. It is found predominantly in the south-east of the county, and very much towards the northern limit of its national distribution, few records occurring north of the Humber / Dee line.

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Hi Joey

An excellent shot - great focus and detail with lovely colours. This shot must have taken a lot of time and patience to achieve - kudos!

I get these in my garden - they fly into the office and Janice - my PA runs out shrieking (followed by me)!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-19 6:32]

Joe absolutely fantastic shot. the color and the BG and the sharp details. Good shot. TFS Ganesh

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-19 6:35]

Hi Joe,
looks wonderful, I like the frame filling and tone in tone composition.
The details are very nice and the neutral BG does show off this insect very well.
POV, sharpness and tight crop look great.

Hola friend:

Since of costumpre present a precious(beautiful) photo in macro ds this dragonfly to which almost we can estimate since(as,like) it(he,she) circulates his(her,your) blood for the arteries. A marvel. Thank you for these insects showing us so closely and also for your information
An embrace.


Wonderful crisp clear well focused, sharp closeup. Great colors! :) Very interesting composition.

selam joey ; wow macro excellent shot of this dragonfly,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hi Joe ,
great macro with excellent details.
colour is amazing.
nice capture.
Best Regards

Where do you find all of these? Do you have to travel far or are they close by? Do you set your camera on a tripod and wait or do you do it on the spur of the moment, hand held?

The dominant color is green which is much better use of the color than I have been using for a couple of days. You did well with it. And as to the cropping. I feel that your use of it is done very correctly as opposed all of the full body shots. It is nice to have a choice.


Great shot Joey.
Its always good to see what the S3 IS can achieve. I've yet to master it.
Great detail and colour.
Cheers, Steve

Hello Joe
Excellent shot from odonata family,
Perfect details,lighting and compo.
Great lighting and BG,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hello Joe,
Perfect sharpness and clarity with great pov!
well saturated colour and details too
very well done and impressed!

Hi Joe,
A really huge DF. and a great capture too. Nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

So this is an Emperor and not a Vagrant Emperor (which I shot and posted recently), Joe.
Apparently, it is a totally different species altogether.
Since this one is green all over, it must be the female of the species.
Very good point of view, focus and details on the partial image within the frame.

Charmant gros plan sur un insecte qui semble avoir bon appétit.
Bonne journée.

Hi Joe, I like the over all green appearance of this image. Close composition works well here in the square frame. well done.

Hello Joey,
This is a very original POV and composition. I love those tones of colors, this is very harmonious. I think that details could have been a little sharper with a faster shutter speed as it looks like you or the insect might have moved slightly. This is a great shot anyway :) Thanks,

Hello Joey, :)

This is a FANTASTIC Capture! Wow! Very well done, your sharpness is spot on. Great POV and colour saturation. Love the tight crop that brings us so close to this lovely dragon fly! Well done, thank you for sharing.


Hello Joe,
very nice dragonfly,

Beautyful, just beautyful. Great colors and details, a little overexposed on the trunk.
How much is this insect long? I tried to do some macros with my S3IS, but with little results....

Well done!

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