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"Halloween Pennant"

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Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Micro Nikkor AF60mm f2.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-06 12:11
Viewed: 5543
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 79
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TN friends, This is the photo of Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina). It was taken when I went the camping two years ago and It was a first time to observe this fella there. This is an immature male with clean wings.
I hope you'll like it and any comments welcome! :-)

* Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

- Size
Length 3.8 cm

- Identification
Distinctive wing pattern.

- Range
Eastern North America

- Habitat
Ponds, marshes (breeding), old fields (foraging)

- Season
Year-round in Florida, summer in northern part of range

- Life Cycle
Males are not territorial, perch near edge of ponds, waiting for incoming females. Mating typically takes place in the morning. Oviposition is in tandem. Frequently seen perched on weeds in fields as it forages, pivoting with the wind.

source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2591 )

* Thanks to all TN friends for the kind words. My photographing skill is still not that good. This is an immature one and it is very good chance to get very clean and delicate wings. Especially the species with colourful wings show us exquisite details. Thanks to all! :-)

I added the different view of the photo which is taken without the flash light. --> Workshop

Exif data is,

Compressed JPG FINE
Lens: Nikkor macro 60mm F/2.8D
AF-Area Mode: Dynamic
1/250 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Mode: Front Curtain, Manual x 1/16 (built-in)
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal Contrast
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Normal
Long Exposure NR: Off
Weather condition: Sunny day

Also this photo is cropped and resized, including USM and NR on photoshop.

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2007-11-06 12:13]

Hi Kevin, excellent sharp macro phto, the composition and combination of colors with the background is excellent, Juan

Ciao Kevin,
c'è un solo aggettivo per definire questa foto: magnifica.
Complimenti sinceri,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-06 12:18]

Hello Kevin,
fantastic! It's hardly possible to show a better picture of this species. All details from wing tip to wing tip are sharp and perfectly presented. The light, the natural colours and the most suitable background make this a perfect picture.
Best wishes, Peter

ciao Kevin
The perfection. .... excellent definition colors sharpness and very great capture.

tfs sERGIO

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-11-06 12:28]

Hi Kevin,

we see many Dragonflies on TN and the competion for quality is on. Here you bring an entry worthy of the TN community's unreserved praise: the species has interesting colors, the light is just phantastic, the sharpness also, the background a true background. Chapeau!
My best regards,

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-06 12:46]

Hi Kevin,
This is a wonderful shot! The sharpness and details are amazing, beautiful colours and composition.
Very well done

  • mirceax Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
  • [2007-11-06 12:49]

Hello Kevin,
This is a perfevt macro-shot.Outstanding details, great colours and light.Superb composition and Bg,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-06 12:50]

Hello Kevin
Beautiful composition.Excellent POV and sharp image.Details are great.I also like that nice blur BG and colros.
TFS Michel

Woooow - Kevin - that's one of the most beautiful dragonflies I have ever seen - I'm amazed, so sharp, so fantastic, thanks for sharing, I love it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Kevin.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-11-06 13:11]

Hi Kevin,
beautiful presentation of this dragonfly, impressive details and superb colors, I like the BG also
really well done
Best regards

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-06 13:17]

Hi Kevin,
What a beautiful dragonfly! Perfect focus, background, approach, pov and pose.
TFS, José M.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-06 13:24]

WOW! What a magnificent picture!
Amazing sharpness with beautiful colors
graet job with exposure and DOF
Regards, Dejan

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-11-06 13:36]

wow, awesome capture of the pretty dragonfly! :-) everything is just perfect:
shaspness, pov, composition, colors, details - it couldn´t be better.
terrific job & best wishes, thor.

Hi Kevin,
Outstanding macro!
You've created a very appealing image, plenty of sharp details and with that eye catching blurred background.
Wing's structure is reproduced with exquisite accuracy.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-06 14:15]

Nothing to say,it's perfect from all corner of view,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-06 15:23]

Hello Kevin, it's just stunning ! I'm amazed at so much sharpness and details ! One a the greatest macro I've seen, you caught the perfect light. Well done,


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-06 15:41]

Hola Kevin.- Exelente Macro. Hermosos los colores de las alas. Muy bonita la pose mostrando sus atributos. Colores suaves y naturales sin saturacion. Iluminacion perfecta. Saludos Luis52.

Kevin, I can't think of a perfect picture than this. Your talent as a nature photographer is amply manifest in this truly amazing shot.
This is the best ever picture of a dragonfly I have seen.
It is going to be my top favourite.
Thanks for sharing this precious gem and warm regards.

Hi Kevin.
Perfect macro!
Excellent colors, sharpness and texture.
The green background enriched the first plan.
Wonderful dragonfly!
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-11-06 18:49]

Bonjour Kevin,
Très belle photo. Beaucoup de détaille et de belle couleurs.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-06 19:43]

Hello Kevin

Amazing razor sharp clarity.The focus and details are superb.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
The lighting and colours are wonderful.
The composition is very well done.
Fantastic camera work.


Hello Kevin

This really is a fantastic shot. You show clear details. Nicely composed against a complimentary BG. Nice work. :-)

Hello Kevin,

Very nice picture of this dragonfly. Sharpness and colours are perfect. Well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-07 1:43]

Hi Kevin

This is another jewel from you my friend!
I can't help admiring the beauty of all the species you have there. It probably has to do with the climate and the vegetation, but to mee it seems that the insects there are so much more colorful! :)
Anyway, you took another outstanding shot of a dragonfly here and it's no surprise it already is on 7 memeber's favorites list.
The contrast of color here is splendid and the details you managed to capture it in are brilliant! You kept it in such a terrific focus! Can i ask about the f-stop value? :)
The use of flash here is also impeccable and it brings just the right quantity of light to the subject, also making those lines on itsbody and wings even more contrasting.
A truely outstanding work!!!

Bravo and TFS

Wow Kevin

What a great specimen, excellent sharpness, the pattern detail is superb.
Great diagonal composition and good neutral background.

Stunning work.


hello kevin,
excellent shot, the pov is quite suitable, sharp image with good details, nice dof, excellent lighting,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Kevin
Very inetrsting shot of this Picturewing,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-07 5:10]

Another first class shot Kevin, really professional. Excellent detail, colour and DOF, very well composed too. Very well done indeed.

Great shot. I like the BG and subject match.
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-07 6:21]

Hello Kevin,
WHat a superb capture of this fantastic dragonfly. All perfectly in focus and I love the pattern on the wings. Beautiful colours too and the green background makes it really stand out. Fantastic! (Initially I thought the name was a joke!)
Many thanks, Ulla

Really exquisit Kevin.
The clarity, detail, color, comp, DOF, BG, POV, etc. are all excellent. :-)
Well done!
Richard... see you later

bonjour kevin
pas grand chose a en dire sauf magnifique peut etre!
les motifs details et la netteté sont superbe.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-07 7:50]

Hello Kevin,
With shots like this you must have an amazing archive!
Great capture of the Halloween Pennant (what a name!), technically excellent and esthetically superb: what more can one say!
Well done and thanks,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-07 8:20]

Hi Kevin,
A stunning shot, simply unbelievable - one of the best here on TN. Immaculate sharpness and a precise DOF. The details on the wings are amazing with nice colours and superb lighting. The BG looks very attractive and lets the subject stand out majesticallyon a neutral base. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-07 10:23]

Hi kevin. This is an excelent close up of the beautiful dragonfly.The detail you have captured is first class. rich but natural colours. with a great POV/DOF. very well done TFS.

Hi Kevin,
Your photo and details you captured are AMAZING! FANTASTIC SHARP DETAIL ON WINGS!!!
Beautiful colours and BG :-)
An outstanding shot Kevin :-)
TFS and Regards,


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-11 4:49]

Hi again, Kevin
Another marvellous shot with such excellent details and beautiful object in a beautiful composition.
My compliments and TFS

Excellent image Kevin.
The light and color here is perfect, as is the green bokeh..Very good detail, DOF, and comp, everything looks fantastic :)

Hello Kevin,
Superb one!
To mention a few things: the saturated colours, the overall sharpness, presentation,...

amazingly sharp and beautiful capture, TFS Ori

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