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Emperor dragonfly

Emperor dragonfly
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-17 11:47
Viewed: 2736
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator

This dragonfly is one of the largest species in Europe and after previously being absent in Sweden, it is now quite commonly seen here in the south. It can be seen flying across larger ponds, gravel pits, or slow rivers where it is highly territorial and difficult to approach as it flies to and fro across the water in search of prey.

Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax. Females have a green thorax and abdomen.

I was very lucky to capture the one above as it settled very briefly in a thicket. It was taken with the camera handheld and has been cropped and sharpened.
The Swedish name is ‘Kejsartrollslända’.

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hello Ulla
very nice macro with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-17 11:54]

Hello Ulla,
Great macro in excellent sharpness, details and a fine composition. Beautiful natural colours. Very good DOF.

Hallo Ulla
Sharp details captured on this dragonfly, and I especially refer to the details of the thorax, and big, almost pop-out eyes. Beautiful colours, pleasant backdrop, great composition and even better point of view. The sunlight in the image is magic. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

impressive close up, with great colours and details!
regards Nasos

Hello Ulla,this is a very nice macro shot with good colour and fine detail.
Nice shot.

beauYOU teeeeeeee FULLL! Always love the powerful macro!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-17 12:57]

Hello Ulla.
A superb closeup capture of this beautiful Emperor Dragonfly. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla. Magnificent colours and light in a great close up.


Ciao Ulla, great detail of lfantastic dragonfly, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-17 14:34]

Hi Ulla,not the top of the top but a very good macro,i like this brave close-up,good sharpness and details,maybe you could increase a little the colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ulla,
great capture of this Anax imperator male with fine sharpness and nice details. I especially like the good light and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Ulla,
Niche "tele macro" with full zoomed SX10 IS.... Interesting crop also. Weel done!

Marvellous close-up capture of the Emperor, Ulla.
It certainly is a huge dragonfly. The combination of green, black and blue colours on it looks really beautiful.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Ulla,
A fine macro picture. It is crystal clear and beautifully presented. TFS,

Great macro Ulla! Very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-11-18 0:44]

Beautiful take of this large dragonfly, Ulla. Glad you chose an unusual close-up: Eye-pleasing and interesting.

TFS. Have a pleasant weekend,


Ok that is just a nice shot! Love the shine on his eyes!

Hello Ulla,
A beautiful macro image of this dragonfly captured with excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Well done!

Hello Ulla,
A very good close-up of this beautiful dragonfly, good lighting, beautiful colours and great details,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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