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Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): libellules demoiselle/dragonfly damselfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 11:02
Viewed: 3801
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) is a European dragonfly, relatively common in Belgium. Its abdomen is exceedingly broad and flat. It can be found near ponds and low rivers. It hunts insects and stays often on the top a bushes.
This is a female. And unfortunately, it had lost one wing (maybe in a battle with another dragonfly?).

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-24 11:24]

Hi Catherine.
I have never met this lovely species in our places. However, there are many shots of it here. Yours is excellent, taken at so amazing POV against the blue sky and branches. Superb diagonal composition, excellent sharpness and details of the insect, fine smooth BG. Mi compliments and warm greetings.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-24 11:32]

Hi Catherine. This is the sort of picturei thought i was going to get today. I like the POV you have used looking up to the insect. You cane see where it gets its name with the large flat looking body. all with fine detail and bright colours. well done TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-24 11:45]

Hello Catherine!

Excellent POV! I must say that because of this POV this is most dynamic picture of dragonfly I've ever seen. Colours and blue-sky BG also are great. I think three wings are enough - I saw dragonflies with three wings which have no problems with flying.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-24 11:49]

Hello Catherine,
The unusual POV against a great neutral BG makes this an interesting image that is sharp where in focus and a total DOF would be difficult to achieve here. If the wing were not missing it would have been mostly OOF.
I think the stucture at the tip of the abdomen suggests that this is a female rather than an immature male L. depressa.
Thanks and have a good week,

What a superb macro, Catherine!!!!!!!
Flawless, from any perspective and presented to artitically..!!!

hello Catherine
SUPER composition
great sharpness and good details
beautiful colours
I like this picture very much
greeting lou

Ciao Catherine, splendid dragonfly with fantastic golden colors, beautiful diagonal composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Catherine!
very strange and unusual pov
the classic flattened body of Libellula depressa showed good
with excellent definition

best sERGIO

Hola Catherine,
sacaste un buen partido a ese difícil ángulo, consuguiendo plasmar con detalle y claridad los detalles del insecto. Esta especie es poco abundante por mi zona.
Buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-24 16:28]

Hi Catherine,

This is the most stunning shot of a dragonfly that I have seen! Wonderful pov, magnificent colors, and razorsharp details. It's interesting to see how well it does minus a wing. A beautiful background and superb composition.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-05-24 21:12]

Bonjour Ctaherine,

beau cliché, bien net (si ce ne sont les yeux). Ton fond fait bien ressortir la libellule estropiée.
Merci pour ce partage


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-24 22:26]

Merhaba Catherine!
Farklı bir açıdan çekilmiş, enfes bir yusufçuk. Tüm detaylar enfes görünüyor. Arka alan ve netlik süper olmuş. Tebrikler.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-24 23:25]

Hello Catherine,
Excellent capture of this Broad-bodied Chaser. Very good composition. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Splendid light and colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-05-25 0:18]

Hello Catherine,
Low POV and chaser look very interesting against blue sky. I like your composition.
Best regards, Pawel

hello Catherine
very fine POV and ineresting capture,the clarity is perfect,
wonderful macro photo

Hello Catherine,
excellent capture, very sharp details nice colors and great composition,
have a nice day,

Hi MF Catherine,

A superbly captured broad -bodied chaser with neat details, excellent DOF/POV and nice composition.
TFS and greetings from Kizkulesi (Mersin province)


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