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Citrine Forktail (male)

Citrine Forktail (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-08-19 20:00
Viewed: 1993
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
when i left my country i was totally devastated. i thought i was to be detached from my mother Nature. stupid me, should have known that Nature was not confined in a particular region or space. and then landed on this beautiful country. slowly was getting close to Nature again. started studying the birds and insects of this new land.

when i started studying the Odonata of the eastern part of this country (USA), i got to know about this gorgeous damselfly; and prayed to mother Nature, ''please?!''

so here comes my dream true!
a Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata). male.


i knew it was an eye-catcher. it was gorgeous. and i had to see it someday. but what i didn't know that how tiny this particular damselfly was!

say around 8 mm in length.. and thickness? imagine a sharp line using a sharp ballpoint pen.

it was so tiny and thin.. and was almost impossible to notice with the naked eyes. i spent that entire morning under a hard Sun and being extremely dehydrated in pursuit of focusing this tiny (0.8 cm) thing! it was getting lost until & unless was making any movement.. and was easily camouflaged in the yellow-green grassland!
the damselfly had a red spot in each of its wings! sooo beautiful.. sorry i missed that in this photograph.
but still am happy. what a gift on the day of my country's independence! :)

a better one? promise, some other day.

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Good one once again Ruby, although I can not justify fully the use of f/7.1 here. It is creating a mediocre depth of field in my opinion, and why should be that way, the damselfly has a long and relatively slim profile?! Your camera is perfectly positioned in parallel to the insect, so I think that an f/2.8 or so can create far more pleasant separation from the background ... just a thought Ruby! Try the Aperture Priority mode ... use the "f" stop wide open all the time! Can be fun!
George Veltchev

hello Ruby
very nice and sharpness picture with great details of this damselfly
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ruby,

Nice composition and good POV. Tfs. Ali.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-08-21 18:26]

Hello Ruby,
A very pretty damselfly for sure, I'm glad you were fortunate enough to capture it's image. Sure is a colorful little fellow with his blue, green, yellow and black markings. I also like the yellow and red specks on the ends of it's wings. Great work!!

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