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Female Skimmer

Female Skimmer
Photo Information
Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-07 22:54
Viewed: 5582
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is a female skimmer [Orthetrum caledonicum].

High speed was used in order to handle constant movement of the tree branch and the dragonfly due to wind. Milky brown color of BG was of muddy river water after a heavy rainfall.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-07 23:03]

Hi Benyamin,

Very beautiful female dragon you caught there.
Sharp macro work. Very nice bg, complimenting the subject colour very well.


A very nice, almost monochromatic composition with that d.fly sharply in focus Benyamin, good work and TFS my friend.

hello ben,
fine capture of the female skipper, lovely bg, liked the lighting, composition and the framing too,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-08 1:18]

Hi Ben

A very nice shot of this skimmer!
I really like the delicate composition here - with only a twig and the dragonfly and nothing else in the frame to take away the attention.
The BG is simply lovely - very well blurred and nicely colored.
The details on the dkimmer are great and sharp and the DOF is very nice - although just a bit bigger wouldn't have hurt.
Very well exposed and composed anyway.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Benyamin,

Excellent shot at this slender skimmer. The diagonal stick makes good perspective. Superb sharpness and details against the clear background. Well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-08 4:53]

Hello Benyamin,
It's been a while since I saw your postings!
This is an excellent capture of a species of Skimmer. Fine sharpness and set in anexcellent composition with great bokeh BG.
I don't think this is O. caledonicum though, as O caledonicum is found in Australia and as west as Bali.
I hope someone can give you the correct ID,

Very good capture. It might have profited from a little tighter crop though. Other than that - good job! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-08 9:18]

Hi Ben.
Great close-up. Despite the wind you managed to crate a crisp image of the beautiful insect and attractive scene at whole. Amazing pleasant light colour palette and brilliant composition and POV. Well done and TFS.

Hi Benyamin,
It seems like a long time since I have seen one of your pictures! This is a superb capture with agreeable tones of colors, excellent composition and great details! This is a very aesthetic picture :)! Thanks,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-08 14:22]

Hola Ben,
espléndida foto,
delicado enfoque y pov,
hermoso trabajo y presentación...

Hi Ben,
I like the empty composition and the wonderful details in the skimmer. The color of the BG is ofcourse amazing and helps to emphazise the colors of the insect. Maybe a bit hot on the lighting, but surely not too distracting.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-10 6:24]

Hi Benyamin

This makes a beautiful image, the colour tones are complimentary and composition is lovely. Nice sharp details and great POV as well. Nice work



Hello Benyamin,
I like a lot this elegant composition!
Excellent details in the macro work, the colour palette is very attractive...
Great work indeed!
Pablo -

Hello Ben,
Very well captured of this beautiful Skimmer!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details in it
the bg colouration is so matching with the subject!
well done

Wow, very stunning shot. Wonderful soft BG brought out the beauty of this skimmer. Of course DOF and POV are great too.
Best regards,

Hi Benyamin,

This is a stunning shot with great detail and stunning colours. The composition is extremely effective and the backdrop simply stunning.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-12 16:48]

Hello Ben ! Very sharp macro with a great light and exposure. It's a great composition and the overall quality is very high, thanks!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-13 1:51]

Hi Ben,i like a lot this work,the yellow background is the best to see the perfect details of this wonder dragonfly,excellent shot,thanks for share,Luciano

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