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Starry Eyed Lady

Starry Eyed Lady
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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: 2007-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies, Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2, Butterfly & Dragonfly, Dragonflies of the World, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-06 1:43
Viewed: 2813
Points: 34
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Roseate Skimmer-Female
Orthemis ferruginea

More Info on the Roseate Skimmer

Yesterday I went back to see if the colorful dragonflies from the previous day were still around. What I found was four solitary Roseate Skimmer females. They all had a starry far away look in their eyes which I interpreted to mean that Theo(The male Roseate Skimmer that was hanging around yesterday) had performed his duties well. I assumed by his absence that, his passion sated and it being Sunday, he was somewhere watching a ballgame with a cold beverage in his claw.

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-08-06 2:02]

She certainly has starry eyes, Jim.
Lovely clear focus of her whole body contrasting against the green blurred background. Girls know what brings out their best features.
It looks like there is a lattice-work of her wing shadow on her thorax. Lace frock? She really does look content.

Great capture.


Hi Jim,
Wondeful sharpness and colours I like this composition well done

Hi Jim,
Another beautiful capture of this beautiful dragonfly. Very nice details and composition. Liked the POV veru much. Thanks a lot for sharing.

And there's another beauty!!
Great details. Again, the eye is amazing.

Beautiful drgonfly image Jim.
Love the wonderful saturated colors and the way the dragonfly does stand out against the green colors in the background.
Excellent composition and sharpness and the details are lovely.
Only small minor point are the burn out spots on the twig of wich I think they can be adjusted in photoshop.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,

Hello Jim !
Awesome picture of this Dragonfly ! The markings on her body and her warm colors are very beautiful. Excellent details, vivid colors, wonderful composition and POV, splendid blurred BG. I also like his pose, so typical from dragonflies. Very well done !

Good Morning Jim,
Nice closeup with great detail and DOF.
Vivid colors and I like your POV..
I agree with Harry on the twig bottom left corner.
Well done.

Another great dragonfly! Good color and saturation. The warm background adds even more to the image.

Well done.

You must have found a special location to get these pictures. Funny how we all learn from each other so obviously. TN has a certain way about learning in this way.

Very nice capture. Perhaps I will try one if I can find one:-) Anyhoo...it meets all criteria which I can see as per dragonflies....


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-06 7:03]

Hello Jim,
Another fine dragon shot from you!
The technical aspects are excellent and the BBG and composition are first class, making it a good illustrative shot for the female Roseate Skimmer.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-06 12:23]

Hi Jim,
Wow...what a fantastic shot of this Roseate Skimmer. Immaculate sharpness and colours and the textures on its body are awesome. Superb lighting and the focus is razor-sharp. Set against the green BG it stands out well as it perches elegantly. Excellent POV to portray it and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-06 16:35]

Hi Jim,

I'm laughing after reading your notes.

Love the way she is holding onto the top of the twig. Excellent details on this dragonfly. Wonderful colors and background which show her off well.


Hi Jim,
Nice micro beautiful details, great contrast
with the BG, well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

hi jim,
what a wondeful capture of the dragonfly, i have never been able to get a single decent dragonfly shot so far, the colours and the contrast are amazing, image is very sharp from to to bottom of the insect, the pov gives good details of the insect body, nicely composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-07 4:28]

Hi Jim,
Colors, lighting, composition and focus are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Jim
Vary nice capture of the dragonfly.Great details and composition.
Really stands out against that BG.
Well done

Hi Jim,

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


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