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Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis

Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis
Photo Information
Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel T2, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-12 12:18
Viewed: 1777
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Remember this day was geared up for "birds in flight" had the zoom ready and look who visited me. Came right up close, landed directly in front of me and smiled.

What could I do but fumble and snap a shot and uploaded this beauty before she took off.

Blue Dashers have a long flight season, and are found in southern Canada, across the entire contintental United States except for the north-central area of the country, and, presumably, south into Mexico. According to couple of sources online, in the spring Blue Dashers are larger and those that emerge later in the season are smaller. And, despite the Latin “longipennis” in the scientific name these dragonflies are not particularly long-winged. Either way it was a great moment to have the "blue pirate" visit!


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
Blue pirateJakkals 1 01-13 10:53
To tuslaw: Right???!!drchoneydew 1 01-12 19:23
To devildoc: put original in workshopdrchoneydew 1 01-12 16:38
To devildoc: i LOVE to over do it...hehedrchoneydew 1 01-12 16:38
To lousat: wow..after reading about being overstaturated...drchoneydew 1 01-12 16:25
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Ciao Brenda, great macro of wonderful dragonfly, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Brenda,
beautiful dragonfly. Amazing colours. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Brenda
He was talking with his buddies and they told him of this gal that takes good photos of dragon flies. So he just stopped by to say hi. I like your POV and DOV along with your composition. Great colour, he will be happy.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-12 13:14]

Hello Brenda,
A lucky day for you!
Excellent photo in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Nice POV, composition and blurry background.


Seems a bit over saturated but nice pose (at least he is not going to peck you!!). Don't believe I ever saw a dragon that was so purple ... maybe the magentia too much (note highlights of wings that should not be purple). BTW, when dragon alights and holds up their tail like this, that is an indication they have just emerged from the predaceous aquatic nymphal stage. TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-12 15:42]
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HI Brenda,i see one of the best dragonfly eye never seen on TN,what a details and colors,a great great capture of this beautiful specie in a elegant pose,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello brenda,
Superb capture with perfect angle.
great clarity , colour and composition.
best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-12 18:43]
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Hello Brenda,
I was beginning to wonder if this was just a coincidence or if the raised hind-end pose was just a Florida thing. I then read Mike's note and see it is because it just emerged from it's nymph stage of growth. See there...I learned something new today from this wonderful site and your photo!!
Love the fine focus and vivid colors you were able to obtain on this pretty specimen. That colorful bluish eye with it's little spots is so attractive, and Yes... I really like the pose!! Great work!!

Beautiful dragonfly and beautiful photo Brenda! Interesting composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

How often we can see a macro taken with a proper telephoto lens? Not that often ... is the answer, but who cares as long as the result is convincing ! Be ... a ... utiful !Good day dear Brenda!
George Veltchev

Hi Brenda!!!
Wow!!! really a good shot!Nice blue!!!I love the great BG and fine POV.Super pic.Bravo!
Nice week!

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-01-13 6:13]

Hi Brenda,
Great expo and detail with this beautiful DF, .. DOF is effectively managed too



Hi Brenda,
Now this is truly a beauty!! Excellent detail in perfect sharpness combined with the beautiful variations of blue (my favourite colour). Superb POV and DOF my friend.
Best regards,
Thanks for the positive feedback on my Bee-eater.

hello Brenda
this one is a beauty!
great details and beautiful blue colours
thanks greeting lou

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