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Scarlet Skimmer - Crocothemis servilia

Scarlet Skimmer - Crocothemis servilia
Photo Information
Copyright: Jim Thompson (kernow) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 69] (370)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30, Minolta No. 0
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-13 4:57
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not sure if this is a female Scarlet Skimmer.

I chased her around my back garden for almost an hour in sweltering heat before she finally posed for a few shots. Here's the first.

I had to lie on my back to shoot this shot to obtain a nice blue background, this entailed getting bitten by Fire Ants. I assume this is why she is smiling.

Make - Panasonic
Model - DMC-FZ30
Orientation - Right top
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
DateTime - 2007:08:11 12:04:04
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
ExifOffset - 398
ExposureTime - 1/80 seconds
FNumber - 11.00
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 80
ExifVersion - 0220
DateTimeOriginal - 2007:08:11 12:04:04
DateTimeDigitized - 2007:08:11 12:04:04
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel - 4 (bits/pixel)
ExposureBiasValue - 0.33
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 88.80 mm
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 2448
ExifImageHeight - 3264
InteroperabilityOffset - 6652
SensingMethod - One-chip color area sensor
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera
SceneType - A directly photographed image
CustomRendered - Custom process
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto
DigitalZoomRatio - 0.00 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 420 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
GainControl - None
Contrast - Soft
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal

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Hello Jim,
Sorry, but can't help you out for sure ID, but if this is the female Scarlet Skimmer, it is a quite light colored version, because in my mind they normally are a bit more dark/brownish colored.
What I know for sure, is that this is a great dragonfly image in wich I clearly can see the smile on her face watching you lying down in between those Fire Ants.
Pefect composition, lighting and sharpness.
Clarity, colors, color contrast and details are most wonderful.
Perfect work. A real joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Good image, Jim.
Very good sharpness indeed, for example the wings...

Nice one, Jim!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-13 11:59]

Hello Jim,
this is a very clear and brilliant picture of the dragonfly. You managed the difficult light conditions very well. Some artefacts of sharpening or noise reduction are seen at the wing base and the underside of the thorax.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • CCD Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 25] (422)
  • [2007-08-13 14:33]

It was worth the chase. great shot. love the colour and perspective.

Rgds, Chris

Hi Jim,
Excellent photo. Outstanding exposure and focus. Really great. Very well done.


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