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Trithemis aurora

Trithemis aurora
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-20 5:03
Viewed: 5700
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, now that I have found the CD of my Riyadh images, I just can't put it away.
Today I was looking at the pictures of a male Trithemis aurora dragonfly that graced the campus of my school for a few hours on a hot summer day in 2007.
since my DSLR was new and I had hardly put it to use in a significant way, I must have done my best to capture this welcome visitor. At that time, I posted almost all the good pictures of it here.

Today I thought of doing a portrait macro of it since the picture was quite sharp in my own assessment. So I went ahead and here it is. Not in the class of Joey (the kid seems to have left us) but reasonably passable.

Here is a note I have lifted from my earlier posting of it in 2007:

Trithemis aurora
(Burmeister, 1839)


Found in Asia: China, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Hainan, Indonesia, India, Japan, Lao, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Viet Nam.
I found it in Saudi Arabia too!

These beautiful dragonflies are seen near the ponds and small lakes close to forest areas. The body of a male is deep pink in colour. These dragonflies are very attractive and easily noticeable. The wings are transparent with light pinkish shade. The base of hind wings has a combination of yellow and brown colours.

Here is general information on the Libellulidae family:

The skimmers or perchers and their relatives form the Libellulidae, the largest dragonfly family in the world. It is sometimes considered to contain the Corduliidae as the subfamily Corduliinae and the Macromiidae as the subfamily Macromiinae. Even if these are excluded (as Silsby does), there still remains a family of over 1000 species. With nearly worldwide distribution, these are almost certainly the most often seen of all dragonflies.
The genus Libellula is mostly New World, but also boasts one of the few endangered odonates from Japan - Libellula angelina. Many of the members of this genus are brightly colored or have banded wings. The related genus Plathemis includes the whitetails. The genus Celithemis contains several brightly marked species in the southern United States. Members of the genus Sympetrum are called darters (or meadowhawks in North America), and are found throughout most of the world, except Australia. Several Southern Hemisphere species in the genera Trithemis and Zenithoptera are especially beautiful. Other common genera include Tramea and Pantala.
The libellulids have stout-bodied larvae with the lower lip or labium developed into a mask over the lower part of the face.

This note was composed on the basis of information borrowed from the following sites:

siggi, eqshannon, sranjan, NinaM, Luis52, eng55, Noisette, trekks, albert, envisage has marked this note useful
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-20 5:31]

Hi Ram
Outstanding macro.Razor sharp image with fantastic detail.Colors are also beautiful and great control of the light.
TFS Michel

Hi Ram!

You are too humble... (if this is possible)! I mean, your picture is superb, and it would resist to many comparisons with other macro pictures presented here on TN. It was a very good idea to dive into your archives and to work on this beauty. The details are amazing and the colours very pleasant. I'm so glad that you present it to us.

Many thanks and kind regards


Hi Ram,

Amazing macro! The features of the dragonfly are extremely sharp and it seems to be glittering on the back. TFS.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-20 6:39]

Hello Ram,
realy amazing details here, so sharp and with sunny colours.Libellulidae are the most interesting insects I know, thank you very much for sharing this pretty one with us. Best regards Siggi

Wow! This is standout Ram. I like it so much for its technical perfection and add to that your own genius eye and fine work!

Hello Ram Sir,
I see beautiful archives into action now. Superb macro with stunning details & colors. TFS

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-20 9:10]

This is sharp, Ram, and what a great pov. The details are amazing, I love seein what my eyes don't usually capture. And the red eye and chest, wow. A beautiful dragonfly. Thank you my friend!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-20 10:25]

Hola Ram.
Great super macro. You did an excellent work here. Fine detalis and sharpness.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-20 10:44]

Hi Ram,
Excellent close up.POV,framing,lighting,details and composition are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-20 11:13]

Hello Ram
Wonderful portrait with vivid colors and great details.

hello ram
this is a SUPER MACRO picture
great colours and beautiful details
greeting lou

Hello Ram
a spectacular close up, the details are outstanding, we can see each facet on his big eyes, I like also the purple body and all the tiny hairs on it
great composition, colors and BG
Have a nice WE

Ciao Ram, fantastic portrait of superb dragonfly, splendid colors, perfect focus, amazing details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-03-20 19:18]

hi Ram

This is simply superb macro shot. The sharp detail on the head, eyes and body is just as good as it can get. The light and reflective eye is well shown and the color tone works well. The bokeh effect is helping to highlight this dragonfly.

What lens was used for this?

Great work.

tfs, bill

Hello Ram,
This is indeed a very close capture of the Trithemis.
It is a sharp image,but looks as though you might have applied just a little too much sharpening (or reinforcing).
I find that sometimes,if it necessary to sharpen twice,it is better to just use the 'sharpen edges' option,if you have one,to avoid any graininess or pixellation.
Super-macros are notoriously hard to pull off well,so this is still a very good image.
Thanks for sharing it.

Hello Ram,
fantastic macro photo, it seems that your archives are full of superb photos, please look for more!
Best greetings

hi Ram, very unique creature. Looks like its ready for a party with all the glitterati and colors. :)

Very interesting POV and composition.



Hi Ram:)
Outstanding macro:) Very nice:) BRAVO:)

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