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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-27 6:15
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Identifying dragonflies has been very taxing for me. Somehow I see diferrent names for the ssame species (at least by the look of it) but there must be some difference in the feature which differentiates them. I have not been able to distinguish them. I have always felt that photographing a subject is much easier than properly identifying it.

After going through the gallery of Mr. Ram Thakur I presume this species to be Trithemis aurora (female) of the Libellulidae family. The skimmers or perchers and their relatives form the Libellulidae, the largest dragonfly family in the world. It is sometimes considered to contain the Corduliidae as the subfamily Corduliinae and the Macromiidae as the subfamily Macromiinae. Even if these are excluded, there still remains a family of over 1000 species. With nearly worldwide distribution, these are almost certainly the most often seen of all dragonflies.

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Well Sumon, you might be having difficulty with your ID, but not at all with your camera.
Your shots are absolutely superb, especially this one!
The lighting, colour, clarity and composition are all perfect.
It doesn't get any better than this.
Fantastic work!
Well done!

very nice photo.

Genial. MAgnifica foto.

They are difficult to identify. We learn so much by trying though, don't we? I often get distracted and forget what I was originally looking for. ha ha

This is another great capture. Wonderfully steady, sharp, well composed photo!

Hello Sumon,
I have the same difficulty in ID a dragonfly. This is wonderful image. The light is perfectly casted on the body and the dark background is perfect for this portrait. On the spot focus and exposure. Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-27 9:41]

Hello Sumon,
Wow, you've really timed it well to get a shot in such perfect light. It looks almost unreal but is very beautiful as is the composition. Great sharpness and wonderful colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-27 10:15]

Hello Sumon,
stunning image, the colors and the lighting are fabulous.
The wonderful dark BG does show off this gorgeous dragenfly perfectly.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-27 10:15]

Hi Sumon,

What an unusual presentation of a dragonfly. Unusual but wonderful. It looks like neon lights against the black bg. Wonderful lighting making the wings look spectacular.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-27 11:35]

WOW sumon, the lighting here is magnificent. I love how the tail appears to be translucent and the wings are catching the backlight. Excellent colours, great composition and nicely sharp. The dark BG really sets it off



I think you are right, Sumon. It looks like a female Trithemis aurora to me too. I just made a comparison and there are striking similarities here.
Another thing that suggests strong indications about its being a T.aurora is the posture that seems to be a favourite of these dragonflies; they like to lift their abdomens pretty high while perched -- almost perpendicular to the perch if it happens to be flat and level.

In this image, I see the vestiges of that posture. It is a lovely capture with the angle of the light giving a brilliant outlook to the wings. The subject stands out dramatically against the dark BG, as if bathed in spotlight.
Well done and TFS.

Very nice POV to get the best of this glowing dragonfly. It looks as though it was filled with honey :)
Very attractive colourful post, nice work.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2007-05-27 16:24]

Excellent macro with fantastic details. Also very well positioned in the frame. Well done and TFS.

Hi Sumon, amazing macro with wonderful details, fascinating composition with splendid colors, great sharpness, elegant presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Sumon
beautiful composition, wonderful colours and light, great capture, well done

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-27 22:59]

Very creative presentation. The use of light is stunning in this one. The pose of dragonfly is perfect. Details are razor sharp. Congratulations!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-28 1:20]

Hello Sumon

I find they look like acrobats when they stand on their hands like that.Wonderful lighting and excellent DOF and pOV.The colours are deep and rich.Wonderful eye contact.TFS


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-28 5:14]

What a marvellous shot, Sumon!!
How much I like the pose and the superb composition!
A wonderful presentation.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hola Sumon,
Preciosa presentación, la luminosidad es extraordinaria, la nitidez excelente, una gran toma. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi dear Sumon ,
excellent details and amazing colours.
It has nice background and great sharpness.
A perfect capture.
thanks for sharing

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-05-28 9:27]

Hello Sumon,
Great capture of this very beautiful dragonfly. The colors and details in dark BG looks fantastic.
Best wishes,

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-05-28 12:07]

Remarkable, Sumon. Dragonflies seem to be one of the most common macro subjects on TN. Having shot them I know some of the reasons (they're big, they sit still for a while, their eyes are remarkable). But you've taken a common subject and approached it from a new angle. The light and black bg really help, too. I love the way the details sparkle in the light. Very well done!
P.S. I gave some of your other shots a browse and I think you have a remarkable catalog here.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-04-08 22:35]

nice shot, good compo.
very well done.


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