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Broken Batten

Broken Batten
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2, Dragonflies of the World, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-12 5:26
Viewed: 4169
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Roseate Skimmer-male or maybe young female
Orthemis ferruginea

Info on the Roseate Skimmer

Although there is no shortage of these magnificently colored dragonflies, I have had much difficulty photographing them. I find it impossible to set the exposure correctly. The face always comes out dark while the abdomen is over-exposed. Also, the auto focus sensor seems oblivious to the colors. This one was kind enough to pose for a close-up. Perhaps it came to ask me where to find the Butterfly Lady(angybone) so she could repair the broken batten in it's wing. ;-)

Exposure Setting: Manual +/- 0.0
Lighting Conditions: Partly Cloudy
f/stop: 4.8
Shutter Speed: 1/800
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 588mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Normal/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Off
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 800 x 601
Size: 101 KB
Location: Texas City, Texas
Date: September 26, 2007
Time: 11:40 AM

Neat Image noise reduction/conservative sharpening and resized for posting

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-12 5:59]

You have such beeauutiful dragonflies where you live... yeah we have a few but none like this! Amazing colours.
+++ Great lighting to show off its colours. Sharp with good definition. Great POV. Decent DOF.
--- Too much space above the dragonfly but that is all :D
Well done Jim,

Hi Jim
Your dragonfly is very beautiful and shows a rich colour. I must say I've never seen this colour in a dragonfly before. At least he stood still long enough for this nice portrait. Details, colour and lighting are all great.
TFS Janice

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-12 6:53]

Hello Jim,
Splendid capture of this blue-eyed pink beauty! Amazing colours and fine focus on the eyes. I like its pose and the composition is excellent.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Wow! The last of the Romani traveling show! Or perhaps a Druid Priest among the Dragonfly world. All of the pictures I have seen over the last 6 months and not one close to this color. A fine, splendid picture and capture.

Hi Jim,
this dragon has such amazing colours - wow - I love the pink and the violet so much.
Also a nice pose, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-12 8:31]

Hello Jim,
Great to see your dragonfly shots, both for their colors and the variety: the American dragonfly fauna must be pretty rich.
Great POV, sharpness and colors and an excellent composition against a natural blurred BG.
Well done and have a great weekend;

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-12 8:37]

Wow! That is quite a neon-bright colour there!
Superb capture, excellent PP work on the BG

hi jim

does that exist?such a colored insect?it is made for me!!!:-)
beautiful shot with excellent colors and details!

Hi Jim, splendid dragonfly with amazing color, great details, excellent sharpness and great focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-12 11:43]

Hi Jim,

What amazing colors on this dragonfly. The bright pink and the blue eyes are beautiful. Fine details and a nice pose.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-12 11:47]

Hi JIm. What unusal colours this one has. the one in England have all but gone for this year. I have not seen one this colour before.good detail and a nice POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

Have a good weekend.

Curiosa e impresionante libélula Jim. No había visto nunca esta especio y tampoco se si existe en España. Buen enfoque a la parte principal. Encuadre algo discutible jeje Buen fondo.

Saludos y buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi

Hello Jim,
another well done dragonfly posting from your excellent work of nature!
Good exposure and focus with clarity and details
very well seen
have a great weekend, Jim!

Hi Jim,
wow never seen a pink dragon fly before! Neat! I think its a great shot. TFS

Hi Jim,

A nice image of the Roseate Skimmer, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Wonderful sharpness...great clarity...perfect color. Another good one.
You've really come a long way in a short time!

Beaux détails, magnifiques couleurs et BG qui met le tout en valeur.

Wow! I never seen anything like it before, such beautiful colour...


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-15 10:43]

Hi Jim,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot. Superbly done. Wish I could write a few more words, pity my net problem does not allow that. Sorry.
TFS this awesome shot.

Hi Jim!
Very beautiful and amazing coloured dragonfly. The colours are just lovely and the sharpness and details very nice for watching.
I am a little surprised that the colour of male can be similar to young female - especially if we note that this is not yellow or brown but so vivid violet/pink.
Interesting presentation!
Best regards,

Hi Jim.
Wow, wonderful colour with great detail and composition. Beautiful


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-16 22:31]

Excellent dragonfly shot! You did a wonderful job with exposure and we can see the beautiful colors of this Roseate Skimmer. Excellent detail and nice POV.

Hi Jim,
Well you sure managed to capture this one well, sharp image , great exposure and vibrant colours.Well done.

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