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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 5:02
Viewed: 4706
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Here is a cute dragonfly called Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) photographied at the Great Meadows National Wildife Refuge in Massachussets (near Concord).

While I was photographying a Great Heron, this nice (but very small) dragonfly came here at only some feet of me... Its amber colors are very remarkable and what a great and nice insect when it flies!!!

This species is quite small, much smaller than the skimmers (note how short the abdomen is relative to the very broad wings). This makes the shape of this species quite different from almost all other dragonflies. Also note that the entire wing is orange, except for the reddish markings on the leading edges.

Hope you'll like it!



JoseMiguel, rkailas, Miss_Piggy, MMM, Alex99, Adanac, loot, SelenE, fiyo, uleko, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hi Michel,
This dragonfly is really small, and I think you were lucky enough to have this shot done, being the subject on the water.
I like a lot the surface tension seen on the water, and the subtle and harmonic tones got here.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Michel

A great shot! Brilliantly noticed, excellent light, clear reflection and am amazing still blue-grey BG. Super


Hallo Pilon
I agree with your notes when you say it is a cute dragonfly. I'll actually go further to say this is a "dam" cute but also beautiful dragonfly. Not only is the dragonfly beautiful, the whole photo is beautiful. Not only is the whole photo beautiful, the reflection of the dragonfly in the water is just stunning. I hope by now you realize that I really like this photo. In actual fact I must be frank and tell you that the mirror image in the water is more striking than the actual dragonfly. A very good presentation with wonderful colours and detail. The water droplets at the bottom of the leaf just rounds of this special image. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed looking at this one.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-30 7:02]

Hello Michel,
This is a very beautiful photo. Not only the reflection, but also the sharpness and colours. Great composition.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-30 7:17]

Salut Michel
Exccellente présentation.Bon PDV et image nette avec de tres belle couleurs.La reflextion est excellente.
Merci »Michel

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-30 9:25]

Hi Michel,
Excellent shot and the dragonfly is dazzling in the sunlight. I like the perch among the water and the reflection. Wonderfully seen and captured with a fine POV. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-30 9:32]

Hi Michel.
First thanks for amazing comments.
Second thanks for amazing picture.
Subject is really fantastic. I like the main objects and their reflections. Details of the image are wonderful as well as the crisp sharpness of the image. Water surface is reproduced perfectly too. Colours are rich and nice and composition of the picture is simply blameless. Bravo and TFS.

Bonjour Michel,
My compliment towards this fine and beautiful composition of dfly!
good close up with sharpness, beautiful colouration and details
the exposure and focus is spot on
a very pleasing presentation to share
many thanks

Olá Michel

Excelente composição.
Reflexos na água fantásticos.
Uma bela foto, parabéns!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-30 20:04]
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Hi Michel

This is a lovely artistic presentation of the tiny Eastern amberwing. Very cute indeed.

The vertical composition worked well for this shot showing the subject with its reflection and copious part of the mirror like water surface. By some unknown facility it seems like you actually came pretty close to the dragonfly to capture this shot. The colours and the details are splendid while the water surface acted as a lovely BG that complimented the insect, plant, and the reflection.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-30 23:12]

Hi Michel,
Well composed and exposed photo with a very good POV. The reflection, light, and the calm water look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

hello michel,
lovely capture of the dragonfly, the reflections make the shot special, well composed shot, fine pov, effective framing,
tfs & regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-01 8:28]

Hi Michel,
Excellent shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 20:42]

Hello Michel,
A very unique and beautiful composition with fantastic colors and details. Thank you for sharing this wonderful image.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-04 20:27]

Bonjour Michel, quelle belle image! C'est bien composé et bien réalisé, super! Merci,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-12 7:39]

Hello Michel,
Wow, what a wonderful capture of this pretty dragonfly in fantastic light. A real piece of art! I like the way you're at a distance with focus being spot-on. Details and colours are wonderful and the reflection in the water adds to this very fine composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-12 14:08]

Bonjour Michel,

Wow, elle est spectaculaire cette composition! On peut apprécier toute la délicatesse chez cette libellule, j'aime bien l'angle dans lequel tu l'as photographiée. Une très jolie lumière subtile également pour rendre un reflet impeccable dans cette belle eau opaque. Encore une fois bravo pour cette merveilleuse capture!


What a nice capture you got. The dragonfly and reflection is so cute. You managed nice exposure, color and sharpness. I like that you got the surface tension of the water too. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Dear Michel,
wonderful capture, those marvellous reflections very well seen and captured. I also love the rich colours against the uniformly grey background of the water.
With thanks, and all my best wishes,

hello Michel
great composition with very goos details
super sharpness and beautiful colours
ilike this picture
greeting lou

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