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Close-up of Ruby Meadowhawk

Close-up of Ruby Meadowhawk
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon A650 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 18:49
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot of a dragonfly in front of our house in Mystic, Connecticut, in early September. I found it perched on a leaf on one of our bushes. It is difficult to know for sure, but the species is probably a Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum). Although, it’s possible that it might be a Cherry-faced Meadowhawk, or even a White-faced Meadowhawk – the differences among them are very subtle. Since females of those species are beige, instead of red, this dragonfly is probably a female. Of course, it could also be a juvenile male, because they are beige also.

I took the photo with ISO set to 100, and shutter speed set to 1/160. My DOF was quite shallow due to the f/4 I used. In PP, I sharpened (in PS Elements), reduced the noise (using Neat Image), and cropped it as close as I dared, because I wanted to display the features of the Meadowhawk’s head, thorax and legs.

I found two URLs, which provide information on the spectacular eyes of dragonflies:



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To EOSF1: Thanks!ubc64 1 11-11 20:32
To vral: Thanks!ubc64 1 11-11 20:29
To tuslaw: Thanks!ubc64 1 11-09 18:39
To Janice: Thanks!ubc64 1 11-09 18:29
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-11-08 19:50]
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Great macro John,
Love those eyes, they really capture your attention. the colors are very natural and the composition is right on!!
This must look like a real mean critter to other insects, just imagine being grabbed by those wicked looking spiny legs. Very informative and useful notes and sites!!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-08 22:28]
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Hello John
I don't think you could get this any clearer. Excellent capture of what looks like a giant dragonfly. It is so interesting to see it this close - well done

What a remarkable close-up! Such amazing details - even the little hairs on the legs are each well defined.

I love the name of your town, by the way...MYSTIC! I just looked it up on Wiki --- very interesting town. And there is a connection to Mystic Pizza...I thought so!

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-11-09 21:02]
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Hello John,

superb closeup of this D-fly. Head and eye details are fantastic. POV is nice and composition is too good.
Thanks for sharing

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-10 17:49]
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Hello John! Your shot is so sharp and so clear. It's very impressive, well done! Thanks!


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