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Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser
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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: 2009-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-12 2:02
Viewed: 3313
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a Four-spotted Chaser which I photographed a few days ago.

A big thank you to all who wished me a happy birthday yesterday... much appreciated :-)

I hope you'll like this one!

The Four-spotted Chaser, known in North America as the Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae found frequently throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
The adult stage is found between April to early September in the United Kingdom, and from mid-May to mid-August in Ireland. Larvae have a two year developmental cycle. Adults feed predominantly on mosquitoes, gnats and midges; the larvae feed primarily on other aquatic insect larvae and on tadpoles.
There is a variant form, praenubila Newman, which has exaggerated wing spots. This is believed to be related to water temperatures during larval development, and appears to be more common in Europe than in the Americas.

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Impressive Joe and this minimalistic composition works here. The colors, details and BG make this fella stand out. Excellent work
Goutham R

Hi Joey,

Hope that your day finished well. This is a good well focused shot showing fine detail with a good dof. Colours and natural and clear. I like the overhead view, not always easy to get. Well done.



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-12 3:31]

Hello Joe
Wonderful capture. Excellent details and clear BG. Well done.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-12 3:39]

Very lovely image, beautiful colors (including background) and details. Lighting looks superb for this portrait. I would have preferred some space on top and left, you know. tfs.

Hello Joe dear,
Hey, i missed your birthday.Many many happy returns my friend.May you have a wonderful year ahead.So how old are you now- 16? and where's my piece of cake? :)
Now let me admire your picture. Excellent shot of the Four spotted Chaser.Very sharp and clear, with good details,and a clean pleasing green background.
TFS and Regards,

You must have some direct connection to the Creator Joey...this looks almost like a prototype if not the real thing which it most certainly is...Absolute genius...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-12 8:01]

Great photo Joe.
The quality of the chaser is very good, but against a plain BG is very special. Fantastic colours and sharpness. Good composition.
Have a good weekend,

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2009-06-12 8:53]

Hi Joe,

another great macro, with a lot of details. Nice presentation, POV and especially colors!


Hi Joe,
This is the kind of clear overhead shot that zoologists like for their collections.
Not as aesthetically pleasing as those shot from more interesting angles perhaps,but supposedly better for ID purposes.
Anyway,a great capture.

ciao Joe!
davvero un ottima definizione in questa cattura..la Libellula quadrimaculata
appare in classica posa con magnifici dettagli
del corpo e delle ali....

complimenti e ciao sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-12 12:47]

Hi Joe. Once again this is a fine close up of this Four-spotted Chaser . Your focusing is very good with fine detail all over. With good use of the light on the wings . All with natural colours. It stands out so well from the plain BG. well done TFs.

Have a good weekend.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-12 13:26]

Hello Joey,
Excellent low POV and exact sharpness against the smooth BG.
Congratulations and a happy birthday, Pawel

Impresionante el enfoque, la profundidad, la luz y los colores. Un gran trabajo bien realizado técnicamente y muy llamativo por los factores comentados.

Un abrazo Joe: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-12 22:11]

Hello Joe,
I trust you enjoyed your birthday.
An excellent capture of L. quadrimaculata, a fresh, recently emerged specimen that shows its colours so well before it becomes grey and worn
+: Sharpness, DOF (a little too shallow), pose, POV, BG, composition, colours and lighting.
-: none, it's a fine portrait of this species.
Thanks and have a good weekend,


Ciao Joe, superb macro with fantastic dragonly, splendid light and colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-13 3:53]

Hello Joe,
A lovely view of this beautiful Dragonfly, normally common here at this time but almost absent this year due to the cold and grey weather. Excellent low POV, sharp details and beautiful colours.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

Hi Joe

Excellent shot, the composition is excellent. All the beautiful sharp details are well highlighted on that great OOF background.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-13 22:41]

Hi Joey,

I like this one!

Very good shot and SHARPNESS!!!
Excellent BG!



I do hope you had a wonderful birthday, mate!
Another awesome shot!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-18 7:10]

Hi Joe,
this is a real excellent focus on the features of this dragonfly. Well taken point with detailes superbly presented.
Fascinating subject with fascinating presentation.


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