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Roseate Skimmer II

Roseate Skimmer II
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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: 2007-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 19:26
Viewed: 3400
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the female Roseate Skimmer that I promised. This photo was taken at the same time as my previous post. It was very cloudy and I was using ISO 800. The pop-up flash fired.

You can tell that this is the female because of the flange in abdomen segment 8.

For a 2nd view, click HERE. Note how she folds here front legs up around her head.

Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)

Distribution: Southern U.S., Mexico, West Indies and Central America south to Chile.

Identification: This handsome and widespread species is found throughout all parts of the south-central United States. It is brown initially in both sexes with pale stripes on the thorax forming an irregular "HII" pattern. The abdomen is uniform brown in young individuals. Mature adults develop a pale bluish thorax and a bright pinkish or purple abdomen. The wings are clear with orangish veins. The lateral flanges of abdominal segment 8 in females are generally pale.

Habitat: Temporary and permanent ponds, lakes, ditches and slow streams.

Notes: This is a widespread species that seems to invade new habitats and is capabale of readily expanding its range. It is found throughout the New World tropics, including the Bahamas, West Indies and Hawaii. It behaves similarly to many king skimmers (Libellula), foraging from the top of tall vegetation. It is an aggressive predator taking insects only slightly smaller than itself. Males will regularly and vigorously patrol territories averaging 10 m. Males use their abdomens to ward off intruding males by bending the tip downwards. They pursue females in flight, where mating takes place for an average of 10 sec. Oviposition by females takes an average of 1-3 minutes and is done by flicking the eggs along with water droplets towards the shoreline. The male guards the female during this time, often hovering close to her and bending the abdomen down, almost at a right angle, when numerous competing males are present.

Source: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/fieldguide/species.asp?TaxaID=315

Aperture = f8.0
Shutter = 1/80s
ISO = 800
Focal Length = 300mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-23 20:32]

Hi Ken,
Very nice picture of this dragonfly. Colors and details are extremely good. Surprisingly clean for ISO800. Very good note. TFS
Regards, Mario

The colours and tones make this look alien. Very clean crisp focus.Having nothing in the background sure makes the details on this show up good.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-23 21:52]

This is almost becoming routine for you Ken. Another awesome macro of another dragonfly. The shot is very well presented with absolutely excellent detail and colour. Excellent depth of field as well - f8 is working for you. Enjoyed the workshop as well.

Thanks, John

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-24 0:05]
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Hi Ken

A magnificent shot of this female Roseate Skimmer and great to see how you applied the advice you recently received on macro photography. That's the way to go my friend. What really makes it praiseworthy (IMHO) is because so many times we see after people received good advice how it's just thrown in the water and never applied. The aperture went smaller for a better DOF, the shutter speed unfortunately came down due to the greater need for light, and although you had to counter this with a much higher ISO setting you still managed to contain or eradicate any signs of noise. Much improved PP work.

The composition is superb with the twig running through the angle at the bottom right hand corner and the insect filling the space with even enough free space in front of it. The colours are rich and well defined, the details are excellent and sharp, the BG is magic, and the exposure management was spot-on.

Good work and TFS.

Hello Ken,
Attractive composition, and the details are breathtaking!
Superb clarity and sharpness makes the insect really stand out like 3D...
Pablo -

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-24 0:44]

Hi Ken,
Another one of your exquisite dragonflies. Very neat and sharp image with clear details and lovely colours. The lighting and focus are absolutely spot-on. The BG is great and enhances the beauty and also lets the subjects to stand out providing a neutral base. Excellent POV and DOF and a superb composition. Kudos.

Hi Ken,
A good sharp photo. A nice soft BG has brought out the details well on your dragonfly.

Very good work, Ken.
Razor sharp, excellent composition, good light and colours.
Well done

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-24 4:46]

salut Ken
ah oui je vois que tu aimes particulièrment ce sujet :D
Ici ressort fortement un côté métal (naturel ou PP ) intéressant. Le petit plus est la goutte au bout de la queue , qui malheurement n'est pas nette. Joli WS.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-24 4:49]

Hi Ken,
Perfect capture of this skimmer! Lovely colors and details. Indredible sharpness.
Great work!

hi ken,
nice capture of the dragonfly, the image is sharp with good details, nice pov for shooting a insect, lovely composition,
tfs & regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-24 5:27]

Hi Ken.
Excellent shot.Well composed with pretty pose and perfect your used POV.I like shallow DOF and accurate sharpening with great sharp details on the entire body this beautiful dragonfly.Wonderful colors and very clean soft blurry BG is amazing.Superb done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

You're just too consistent to say much. ha ha ha Wonderful shot AGAIN! Very clear AGAIN - very crisp AGAIN. :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-24 7:34]

Hello Ken,
Superb sharpness, BG and excellent POV and composition in this shot of a female Roseate Skimmer. No sign of the use of ISO 800 when taking this shot in ambient light!
Well done and TFS!

Hello Ken,
Perfect sharpness with awesome colouration!
very in details on the dragonfly indeed
well composed and well seen

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-24 8:30]

Hi Ken,

Your dragonflys are a delight to see. This one is wonderful with marvelous colors and details. Looks fantastic against the light background. Good composition.


Hi Ken, splendid dragonfly with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-24 13:18]

Hi Ken. A very good shot indeed.Fine detail and sharp focusing. great colour on the body. a nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS. very interesting notes.

Found the fourm about your lens worth reading thanks

Excellent detail, exposure and focus...Outstanding POV against a great BG...Very well captured...TFS

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-07-26 15:00]

Bonne photo,bravo pour les détails et les belles couleurs.

Hello Ken lovely sharpness and contrast great focus and dof, background is nice and clean tfs rgds Necip.

bonjour ken
comme pour les autres je ne trouve rien a redire sur cette photo,la netteté est vraiment excellente et encore cette luminosité qui donne un resultat tres attrayant.

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