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Common Darter (Male)

Common Darter (Male)
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 Apo EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-09 15:02
Viewed: 3502
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hurray at last a Darter Dragonfly has turned up at the nursery pond 1st this year. This particular one is a Male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) seen here resting on a fence rail around the edge of the pond. It was using it as a perching point from which to hunt both the elusive females and insect prey for food. I would loved to have had time to spend trying to get some inflight shots of this one as he kept coming back to the same spot, so it would of been a case of setting the focus for that spot and trying many attempts to get one but of course being at work I had other things to do, so had to make do with this resting shot as the best of about 30 images.To see what I would of liked to get have a look at this one taken last year with the old Sony F707 Click here to veiw "Landing Gear Down"
THe Darter are all fairly small being between 50 - 60mm across the wings and about55mm in body length. The best way of telling this apart from several simular size and coloured ones are the pale stripes down the outside of each leg, also the shape of the front of the Face or Fons is different in each species but clear frontal image or having it in your hand with a magnifying glass is needed for this.
This was taken with the 70-200 sigma mounted on the tripod as close as the minimum focus would allow 1.8m aperture set to F8.0 to give an OOF BG. The rail it was resting on is a half round type so I focused on the slightly wider part of the rail to try and get the near wing in focus as the camera auto focus is not capable of seeing the clear wing ends.
I took some without infill flash but the best ones where with a little extra from the inbuilt flash.
Cropped to size
sharpened with Highpass filter
saved with SAVE AS to preserve the Exif shooting Data
post to site and hope you enjoy the veiw and feel able to pass comment.

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HI Robert,
a beautiful shot, I like your dragon in this pose, wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
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Hi Robert,
I've been floating in and out of TN recently so I haven't followed your progress with the D200. This looks great though, a beautiful shot. All the detail is there and great colours, exposure and perfect DOF. Maybe just lacking a little contrast. I notice you changed your lens, is that where the improvement has come from?

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