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Eight-spotted Skimmer

Eight-spotted Skimmer
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Copyright: Lauren Sobkoviak (Ashrunner) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 19] (76)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-15 14:02
Viewed: 2824
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fireman's Pond in Redmond, Oregon, is a favorite place of mine to capture Odonata. I first noticed this mature male Libellula forensis flying around some reeds along the shore of the small lake. It then landed near me giving an opportunity to obtain several images. Even though the wind was blowing, and I was chasing focus, I was still able to get a good shot. Moments later, it took off to chase another Odonata out of its area.

The Libellula forensis is found from southern British Columbia east to Montana, extending south to California east to Nebraska. This dragonfly approximately 5 cm in length and is found near weedy lakes and ponds.

I shot this photo using manual exposure based on the Sunny 16 rule. Post processing involved a touch of brightening and a little Unsharp Masking.

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To Ken52: Try it, you'll like itAshrunner 3 06-16 19:12
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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
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Hi Lauren,
What an outstanding dragonfly photo! The exposure is amazing. You have just the right amount of light to show the highly contrasting colors perfectly. The focus is excellent, producing oustanding details. The DOF is as good as it gets making your subject look 3-D. The image is crystal clear and great composition as well.
I was not familiar with the Sunny 16 rule. I just read about it and I am anxious to try it. Thanks for mentioning that in your note.

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