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Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-300mm zoom USM For sale, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-24 8:13
Viewed: 2940
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Libellula lydia, The Common Whitetail/Whitetail Skimmer.

This dragonfly is comomnly seen around ponds, creeks rivers and lakes.
Although books say they use branches and reeds as their lookout, here, on Manitoulin Island, they are often seen on gravel, dirt etc. Go for a walk on a trail, you will encounter many just sitting, like in this pic. There were lots of reeds and cattails, but these fellows sat on the ground. Interesting.

One of my favorites as they are beautiful with thick muscular abdomens. This one pictured is a male. The females are often misidentified since they resemble the female Twelve-spotted skimmer, both have brown wing tips, yet the common whitetail is abit smaller.
Unlike most dragonflies, the female Common Whitetail lays her eggs by herself, dipping her abdomen in the water without the male attached.

Hand held using the 20D
1/1000 at F8.0
ISO 200
Center focus
In photoshop elements, crop, resize for web, usm, frames and name.


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It's kind of strange seeing this on rocks, Mike, but I like the effect. Strong compostion; I like to see these lovely things centered.

Very nice shot Mike,
Great details, colours and composition. I'm not too keen on the BG, it hides the detail of the wings.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-24 11:38]

Very cool shot, Mike. Sharp details and good colors. I really like the way you can see the pebbles through the transparent wings. Well done. TFS. : )

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-06-24 13:49]

Hi, Mike
Good capture ! This is a nice kind of bg too.
BTW, I'll be in Quebec in mid July(remember you told me I should head up North when I last was in Mass. ?). I am hoping to shoot quite a few north american insects then.

Very good macro, Mike.
It's a beautiful butterfly. Good POV, well composed and nice colours.
Very well done, my friend.

I hope you will hear a thud very soon ;-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-25 3:34]

Beautifull insect Mike. I know how hard to capture and shy. Good details and sharpness. I like BG, looks like nature's puzzle ;-)


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-25 3:42]

Hello Mike!
Very interresting macro.Dragonfly looks like a part of BG.DOF,details,framing and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-25 3:48]

Hi Mike, nice shot. Good details here, DOF selected well. You may find that they will bask on the ground under a certain ambient temperature, when the heat is ample then they will use the perches more often. Nice composition, almost B&W! Well done.

Hello Mike!
Wonderful dragonfly capture.I think he was there for sunbathing and swimming;)Colors,details and composition are perfect.
Have nice weekend and tanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-25 6:12]
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Hi Mike,

It's a nice macro with good details and good DOF. The exposure is good too. I like the unnatural BG a little bit less. Well done & TFS!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-25 7:53]

Hello Mike!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good weekend!

Quite a good capture Mike. I like the DOF and the unusual background and POV.

Hey Mike, This is rather good using the 300mm..Good details, colors and sharpness and I like the composition with space above the subject..One of my favorites also, Well done!

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-06-25 11:41]

Very good compostion and a great presentation.

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