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Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-25 1:57
Viewed: 4076
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a male Broad-bodied Chaser which I photographed a few days ago at a lake near where I live.

I hope you like this one!

Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa

Vagrant. There is one nineteenth century record from Waterford. The identity was confirmed by the leading expert of the time. It is unlikely that such a distinctive species remains undetected in Ireland. The Broad-bodied Chaser in Britain is found in well-vegetated still water including garden and farm ponds. Adults fly from mid May to early August.

Mature (blue abdomen) males may sometimes be confused with males of the Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, however the latter has a much narrower abdomen and there is no dark patch at the wing-base. Immature males and females (yellowish-brown abdomen) are similar to the Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata but the latter has a much narrower abdomen and a dark patch in the middle of the leading edge of each wing.

Broad, flattened abdomen which is pale blue in males and yellowish-brown in females and immature males.
Yellow spots along sides of abdomen.
Broad antehumeral stripes.
Brown patch at base of wings.
No brown spot on the middle of the leading edge of the wings.

Thanks for any critiques!

Miss_Piggy, flashpoint, cloud, haraprasan, uleko, roges, nglen, eqshannon, oscarromulus, cedryk has marked this note useful
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Hi Joe,

Superb capture. Nice bright colours and sharp details.

Thanks for sharing,

Hi Joe!

I didn't notice that you are back on TN! I'm glad to meet you again and to look at your fabulous pictures. It's so fine that some people who had left came back.

I like your picture very much. It's crystal clear and the perfect sharpness reveals many fine details. Your Sigma does a good job, and you take full advantage of it.

Kind regards


Hi Joe

Good shot of thi sfine looking dragon.
Great POV and DOF
Excellent sharpness and details
Good background


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-06-25 3:42]

Hello Joe,
Good capture of this dragonfly with excellent colors and sharp details.
Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Joe
What a splendid shot of this Broad-bodied Chaser. The pose in which you've captured it is simply fantastic and it's practically posing for you like a model. The clarity of the full body with its yellow markings on the side is great and well seen and portrayed. A well composed macro of this lovely insect with spot on focus and sharpness. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-25 6:52]

Hi Joe,
You chose settings very well and whole chaser is sharp, BG is blurred in pleasant colours.
Best regards, Pawel

Hi Joe,
A beautiful capture of this Broad-bodied Chaser. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-25 7:55]

Hello Joe,
Great capture of this beautiful male Broad-bodied Chaser! Beautiful colours and sharp details that stand out against the fine smooth background. We haven't seen many of these yet but I posted the female yesterday.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-25 10:21]

Hi Joe !

Superb macro.
Splendid colors, perfect contrast.
Simple ... superb.
Have a beautiful day,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-25 10:25]

Hi Joe. i have only seen one this year . You were lucky to get the one one the grass with a fine POV. You had sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given bright colours. and a shine to the wings. Very well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-25 11:13]

Hello Joe,
Another photo of a high standard. The sharp details are marvelous and the colours very clear and beautiful. Very nice BG, POV, DOF and composition.

Hi Joe
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

ciao Joe!
I also tried to photograph this species, and the large difficulties that I found is the management of the light .... the blue abdomen is perpetually overexposed! Your macro is really excellent for cleaning, definition and management of light....

ciao sERGIO

Kewl as jewel...Fascinating..I am starting to see them here and wondering if it is because of shots such as yours, Rams and others which are finally getting through to me....you are still teh teacher!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-25 20:33]

Whoa... A perfect shot, Joey!
Everything is super crisp.
The lighting is perfect to show off the sharp veins in the wings.
Colors and exposure are superb.
Just beautiful.
TFS. : )

Hola Joe,

conseguiste una gran profundidad a pesar de captar longitudinalmente al insecto. Buen formato y bien plasmados los colores del conjunto.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Excellent macro shot and very good composition of this insect .Nice POV and background with splendid colours.
Best wishes,

Really cannot figure out how you can produce such EXCELLENT
work; what do you put in your morning coffee???
Absolutely SUPERB.
Love your notes too. Consise yet detailed.
Keep it up!!!
Mario wishing you well from Canada.

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2009-08-01 2:30]

Hi Joe,
Nice presentation of this common species in its typical pose. Technically perfect. Nice complementary note.
Best greetings and TFS,

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