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Halloween Pennant #2

Halloween Pennant #2
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-03 12:21
Viewed: 4129
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I photographed this Halloween Pennant one week ago at the big fish pond near my house. I don’t see too many of this species, but when I do they are almost always some distance from the water and perched on the tips of grasses or weeds.

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Size: Total length: 30-42 mm; abdomen: 20-30 mm; hindwing: 27-35 mm.

Distribution: Widespread throughout eastern U.S. and Canada

Identification: This is the largest, most widely distributed, and perhaps most colorful small pennant species in the region. Its common name is descriptive because of its distinctive orange and brown or black wings. The face is yellowish or olivaceous, becoming darker with age and red in males. The thorax is yellowish-green with a dark middorsal stripe and narrow lateral stripes on the sutures. The midlateral stripe is usually not continuous after the spiracle. This is the only species with completely yellowish-orange wings marked with broad dark brown or black stripes and a red pterostigma. The abdomen is slender with pale yellow dorsal spots on segments 3-7 that become red with age.

Similar Species: This is a very recognizable species. Banded Pennant (C. fasciata) has clear wings with black bands and Calico Pennant (C. elisa) is smaller with patterning on otherwise clear wings.

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, borrow pits and marshes with emergent vegetation.

Discussion: This species may be locally abundant. It forages from atop tall grasses, weeds and stems in open fields some distance from the water. It perches uniquely, with the fore- and hindwings in different planes. The forewings are held somewhat vertically and the hindwings horizontally. Most activity takes place in the early to midmorning hours. Females lay eggs similarly to other species, accompanied by males. Its fluttering flight has been compared to that of a butterfly.

Source: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/fieldguide/species.asp?TaxaID=209

Aperture = f8.0
Shutter = 1/400s
ISO = 200
Focal Length = 240mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

nglen, siggi, fartash, Pentaxfriend, maurydv, Amadeo, Luis52, bartove, jaycee, ramthakur, sandpiper2, Miss_Piggy, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-03 12:25]

Hi Ken. You always seem to bring us new looking dragonflies. This is a beauty. which you have captured witth your sharp focusing giving fine detail. Your use of the light has produced natural looking colour. I like the pose on the single stick against he plain BG. very well done TFS.

Hello Ken
Very intersting spieces you shoot,
We Have them here too :O)
Perfect details,BG and composition.Welldone.


Hi Ken,

Superb DF shot
Perfect Pose, POV, BG and colors
lovely compo

TFS Thijs

Splendida macro, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione con un fantastico BG neutro, la bellissima posa e la rigorosa semplicitŕ, ottime nitidezza e definzione dei dettagli, bellissimi i colori. Grazie e com plimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-07-03 13:50]

Hola Ken, una fotografia para ver muchas veces y fijarse en el buen detalle. Excelente composición, buena definición, luz y color. Un saludo

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-03 14:08]

Hola Ken.
Imagen de exelente calidad y nitidez. Muy clara y limpia. La pose es perfecta asi como la iluminacion.
Saludos Ken.

Amazing work . Nice details, pose and colours.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-03 17:12]

Hi Ken,

This picture is so crisp and clear - just wonderful. Beautiful shot of this dragonfly in a wonderful position. I see he his named for those black and orange wings. Fantastic colors, details, background and composition.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-03 19:00]

Hi ken,
what a beauty! good capture of this cute dragon fly with all details and excelent colors. the light seems to be perfect here, so soft and beutiful. your comments are useful too.TFS.

Hi Ken,
My hearty congratulations to you for shooting this brilliant image of a spectacular dragonfly we do not see here in Asia.
The point of view is superb.
The plain BG makes the subject stand out beautifully.
Well done and thanks for sharing this great capture.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-04 2:48]

this is good! very nice close up with nice details! colorful and sharp! tfs

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-04 3:13]

Hello Ken
You did good work with this dragonfly. Nice details, pose and colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-04 10:47]

Hello Ken,
Excellent photo in great clear colours, perfect details and OOF BG. POV and composition are fantastic.
Have a great weekend,

Hi Ken

Brilliant shot of this beautiful dragon

Excellent sharpness
Excellent composition
Good DOF
Excellent background
Great POV


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-05 4:42]

Hi Ken,
Outstanding shot of this very beautiful Halloween Pennant with immaculate sharpness, great colours and neat focus. Superb lighting and exposure and you have captured a fantastic pose here. The BG lets the subjects stand out so beautifully. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

very nice, excelent background, TFS Ori

Hallo Ken
I always find the way these insects hold on to a branch or stem of a flower very amusing and enjoyable. This one of yours is no exception. The Creation is so wonderful. Just to think that a tiny insect like this can hold on to something with such preciseness. You have captured this Halloween Pennant with accuracy and beautiful displayed detail. Well composed with good clear details and nicely saturated colour. Excellent soft background drawing the attention right to the main subject. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-15 8:46]

Hello Ken

WOW,awesome focus and sharpness.
The colours are superb.
Excellent pose and composition.
Terrific work.


Well...well done again.
Pleasant soft background plus a nicely done compo.
Great posture again.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-31 0:39]

Hello Ken,
a real beauty.
Very sharp and clear.
Well composed in vertical position.
Look like a tiger.
Excellent shot.


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