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Busy as a... dragonfly!

Busy as a... dragonfly!
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Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS10D, EF 100mm f2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/19, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-11 18:43
Viewed: 4818
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Sympetrum
Sympetrum striolatum

The most common of the UK dragonflies, S. striolatum has a long season compared to many of the other UK species, and is often the last species left flying - the end of September is its normal limit. This one was photographed in October, so I guess he's going to be gone soon.

There are a number of somewhat similar Sympetrum species which it can be confused with, but thankfully there are distinguishing features. If you look at the front of the face between the two simple eyes there's a black band - if the band extends significantly below the eyes then it's either Sympetrum vulgatum or Sympetrum nigrescens, if it doesn't you're looking at S. striolatum. For an example of what the face of S. striolatum looks like, please have a look at the Workshop I've posted here!

The other UK Sympetrum species have coloured areas towards the base of the wings - if you can see those then you're almost certainly looking at S. flaveolum, S. sanguineum or S. fonscolombei.

Tech: ISO400, -1/2 EV.

PP: Resize, selective USM, Levels.

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To gerhardt: Canon 100mm f2.8 USM MacroAdrianW 3 10-13 19:45
To Callie: Well spotted!AdrianW 1 10-12 15:29
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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-12 2:51]

You captured this with excellent DOF and I like the composition too. I learnt a lot from your notes.

Thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-12 11:15]

Great stuff Adrian. Very good all round and great note.

tres belle macro, les couleurs et les refflets sont vraiment simpas.
la photo est bien nettesurtout les ailes au 2eme plans.
merci pour cette belle photo.

Very Nice Adrian.
Nice colours , good details and good DOF.
Well done.

Good to see you posting some again. These critters are quite hard to get properly exposed, I found. Now why did you remove the left front wing? LOL
Great texture and clarity.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-12 16:34]

Excelente captura, sobre todo en la calidad y agudeza del workshop Adrian.
Bonitos colores, buena perspectiva y encuadre con atinado DOF.
Te invito a que leas el foro que he abierto recientemente y quisiera si es posible conocer tu opinion al respecto.

Excellent capture, mainly in the quality and sharpness of workshop Adrian.
Pretty colors, good perspective and frame with accurate DOF.
I invite to you to that you read the forum that I have opened recently and wanted if it is possible to know your opinion on the matter.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-13 10:35]

very nice one Andrew,
Very good captuure of this dragonfly, very good sharpnes and an exelent colours and composition, very nice one Andrew

You showed me how it should look like. Crystal clarity and detail. Lovely composition. This is what I strive for now that the dragon bug bit me. I would love to hear some pro's and con's on the lens you used Adrian, I am considering getting one?

Excellent capture Adrian. Everything seems to work perfect here - so what can I say, great work.

Sharp and nice background.

Nice shot ! I like the natural light, and the green background is perfect with the red color or the dragonfly. Well seen !

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-28 19:59]

... erase the physical borders...

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