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Common Darter

Common Darter
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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: 2007-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 1:32
Viewed: 2396
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Key Sites (Britain): Any of the Nene Valley Gravel Pits. The Common Darter has the widest habitat requirements and is at home on the smaller river systems, such as the Rover Ise and standing water systems such as the Nene Valley gravel pits.

Spotting: The Common Darter is easily confused with the Ruddy Darter at first sight. However as you approach, the patterning of red and orange on the abdomen of the male Common Darter is distinctly different from the bright red Ruddy Darter. Female Common Darters are very similar to female Ruddy Darters, and are reliably separated by the completely black legs of the Ruddy. Common Darters can often be seen sunning on bright open ground, where they perch rather than hang like the Hawkers. They favour bright patches such as mown grass or wooden seats or fences. As they age, the bright yellow of the female changes to a grey and the male loses its red colouring in favour of grey - a part grey part red abdomen is a sign of an aging male.

County Status: Not threatened, as habitat requirements are wide.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-22 1:40]

Hi Joe,
wow that IS close...great frontal POV and amazing detail, the two OE spots on it's eyes are perhaps a little distracting but it looks like it was very sunny when you took this!
Great shot and well seen.

Hola Joe,
Buen acercamiento donde nos muestras con todo detalle y nitidez la cara y los ojos en los que se aprecian muy bien las celdillas, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-22 1:45]

Hi Joe,
Fantastic macro shot of those eye bulbs with amazing sharp details. Lovely colours and perfect natural lighting. I like your head-on POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Joe,
I always like the macro shots with lot of details You have produced one with amazing details. The compound eyes is special.

hello joe,
nice capture, the frontal poc offers nice viev of the insect, liked the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Joe,
Wonderful macro shot and amazing details,simply great
well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-22 3:56]

Hello Joe,
For details of the compound eyes and face this closeup of the Common Darter is excellent. Supposedly the reflection of the sunlight is unavoidable. Composition is excellent too.

Hello Joe
Very intersting closeyp of this compound eyes,
Great details,composition and DOF,

Good Luck

What big eyes you have, Grandma!!

A lovely shot...love those eyes...great details, great focus, great color and lighting.

Very finely focused on the face/head alone. I like that notion having seen many wings before. I am wondering after seeing this, what is the closest a regular digital can get without getting an attachment for a microscope...


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-08-22 10:58]

Hello Joe , A Fantastic shot from this darter ,great compositie sharpnes details , you have lenzes and nice bg , good job , Greetings Teunie .

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-22 11:19]

Hi Joe. This is what you call a macro shot. the detail in the eyes is excellent. good colours and you have use the light well. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS good notes too.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-22 12:45]

Hi Joe

What a nice smile :) Amazing details in the eyes. Excellent POV and framing. Nice work



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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-22 12:50]

selam , excellent macro shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-22 13:23]

Superb macro! I love details and composition and the perfect head-to-head PoV

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-22 14:26]

Hi Joe,
Great macro showing fantastic detail and color. Excellent POV.


Hi Joe,
Excellent macro!
Register rich in details.
Nice colors and sharpness.
Very good close-up!
Well done!
Best regards!
José Roberto

bonjour joe
je ne sais pas si c'est un coup de flash ou la lumiere naturelle mais on dirait que la libellule a allumé ses phares!
beaucoup de details dans les yeux et de belles couleurs.

Hello Joey,
This is an impressive perspective of this beautiful insect. Details are very good with interesting DOF. I never managed to get a good picture of this insect. Well done and TFS,

Hi Joe,

A nice close-up image of the common darter, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Joe,
A nice closeup of the compound eyes of the dragonfly. Nice details and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-23 22:34]

Joe, WOW what a closeup look you have taken it out. Excellent and lovely there is slightly OOF but ignorable. Wonderful ganesh

Hi Joe
An excellent macro, lively colours which are matching with the background.

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