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Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly
Photo Information
Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon A650 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 15:17
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I used Photoshop Elements to tone down the background of this photo a little, by reducing the saturation. Then, I sharpened it a little and touched up the contrast. Although the background is busy, I like this image because I think that it shows off the dragonfly quite well.

My best guess as to the identification of this dragonfly is that it is a female Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina). I have to rely on the Internet for my information, since I don’t yet have a dragonfly book. The dragonfly might be a Banded Pennant. It might be some other species of Pennant also.

I have provided links below to some of the information I ran across. The closest image I found, to the one I have posted, is one that appears in reference #1:

1. Info and photo on Halloween Pennant Celithemis eponina:

Quote from that site:
“This is the largest, most widely distributed, and perhaps most colorful small pennant species in the region. Its common name is descriptive because of its distinctive orange and brown or black wings.”

2. Info on Banded Pennant Celithemis fasciata:

3. Photo of a Calico Pennant Celithemis elisa:

4. Info on Halloween Pennant:

I hope that you like the image. I would appreciate it very much if someone could confirm the identification of this dragonfly. Thanks.


It's clear to me now that this dragonfly is indeed a Halloween Pennant.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To foozi: Halloween Pennantubc64 1 05-02 13:21
To trevorbayliss: Thanks!ubc64 1 09-16 18:15
To lovenature: Thanks!ubc64 1 09-06 20:10
To techranger: Thanks!ubc64 1 09-06 19:55
To GaryT: Thanks!ubc64 1 09-06 19:39
To vanderschelden: Thanks!ubc64 1 09-06 19:34
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Hello John,
Successful approach with a very effective depth of field and point of view.
The somewhat blurred but still busy background is a bit a challenge, but nevertheless matching!
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-06 16:11]
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Nice editing job. Composition, sharpness, etc. are good too. Excellent depth. Gary

A very spectacular capture of this dragonfly... crisp and clearly detailed. DOF is well done. Nice PP.


Wow! A wonderful sharp image of you dragonfly. It looks like I could reach out and touch him. Lovely warm colours, excellent DOF. Good notes. Well done John.
TFS Janice

Hello John
This is a superbly sharp capture of a New Dragon to me...I personally dont think the bg is overly busy (always a struggle to get a mute bg with a compact..you need a lot of distance from the subject to the nearest elements of the bg).
You done a fantastic job of the capture and then the PP work.

Many Thanks for your comments on my How the Wings Work photo...I am going to look up the book myself as it sounds most interesting..I am most fascinated by insects and birds in flight.

All the Best and Thanks Again

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-30 6:47]
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Hi John,
this is something special and very lovely indeed. I have never seen this one yet. Beautiful and sharply shown details. The wings are so different from the ones that I have been seeng.
Nice sharing and thanks for that.


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