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Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker
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Copyright: Hollie is an SLR novice (slrnovice2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 31 N: 344] (1197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100mm Macro, Hama Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-22 10:57
Viewed: 4446
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one from the archives, a Migrant Hawker found sunbathing on the reeds in my water barrel 'pond'. I was hoping it wasn't trying to lay eggs there because that barrel dries out too often but that hope is misplaced because it turns out that this is a male. Apparently the males are brown with blue markings and the females are brown with yellow markings.

The Migrant Hawker is a species of dragonfly I started encountering only a couple of years ago. I think it has beautiful colouring. It is probably most easily confused with the Common Hawker but distinguishing characteristics are as follows:
Common Hawker has narrow antihumeral stripes on the thorax (the bit between the head and 'tail') where Migrant has equally narrow but also truncated antihumeral stripes.
Common Hawker has narrow 'waisted' segment near the base of the abdomen (the 'tail' for want of a better word) whereas the Migrant Hawkers is relatively straight.
Migrant Hawker has a yellow triangle at the base of the abdomen which is absent from the Common Hawker.
The costa (the stripe along the top of the wings) is yellow in the Common Hawker and brown in the Migrant Hawker.

The Migrant Hawker can be seen during late summer and autumn. It started out as a rare migrant during the 1940's and gradually is extending its range from the South East of the UK outwards. They are known for sunbathing during the morning or after foraging, preferring sites low down, sheltered, facing the sun and having a clear escape path. My little barrel of reeds fulfills all these criteria :). When sunbathing they hang vertically to make the most of the sun's rays.

I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I did :)

Photo Settings and PP
Hmmm, looks like I wasn't paying attention very well when I took this. 1/2500sec and 400ISO is not good for a resting subject! Oh well ;)
PP included the ususal levels, contrast and sharpening. Additional work included cloning out a couple of distracting bits of grass and a small crop to help with composition.


You may hit me as hard as you can! Seriously; just write what you think, positive or negative. I can use the lesson and I can really take the criticism. Thank you very much for taking the time to look at and criticize my photo. It is highly appreciated!

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Pretty nice looking, Hollie. Good colours, sharpness and composition, altough that f/3.5 didn't help (you know, DOF).
I also put sometimes older photos and I know (now) that I've could been doing a better job at that time, but I still like some of them.

Regards, Petru

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-22 11:24]

Hello Hollie!
Excellent close up.Details are crisp
clear and razorsharp.Colors,POV,framing
and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Hollie,
you can remove the "Novice";-)
It's good to have an archives.
Well composed, good POV, nice colors and good details.
Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-01-22 12:53]

Hi Hollie,

I agree with Gert, ya ain't no Novice.
Your use of DOF was well thought out or luck ;) I like the body focus and having the wings oof. It's not about having ALL in focus, it's the artistic approach that counts.

Excellent capture and well done on the composition.


Hi Hollie,
I think the portrait framing on this is excellent! Exposure looks great. Nice saturated color and sharp detail. The shallow DOF is excellent for this shot, Well done!

WOW!:) VEry nice:)

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-01-22 14:28]

Very nice picture of this hawker. Colors are excellent. Little pity that you can't see much of the wings.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-22 16:53]

Excellent photo of this odonata!
Perfect on details and sharpness!
Very nice POV and BG!

Hi Hollie,
congratulations, this dragon is perfect.
I love the colours and the sharpness, wonderful work, thank you very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great sharpness of the subject and good DOF, POV as well. Great pic! TFS, Sheriff

It is a lovely shot, Holly. I like the compo and colors. Details are sharp. I do believe a smaller F-stop would have helped to get more of the details on the wing. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-11 18:37]

Hi Hollie, good shot. These chappies can be quite jumpy, not as easy as Southern Hawkers to get close to. Very well done on this composition. Good details too.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-03-24 20:40]

Une autre très bonne photo.
Merci Hollie.

Hi Hollie,
This is an excellent capture, with perfect exposure, color, dteail and DOF of the body from head to tail. Well composed, nice POV. Hope you don't mind, but I did a quick WS, with a small dose of USM..Very well done!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-03-28 12:54]

Fantastic macro Hollie. Good colors and well exposed. Good POV, DOF and composition. Well done & TFS!


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