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Broad Scarlet

Broad Scarlet
Photo Information
Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony PDX10
Exposure: f/3.4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-11-25 13:34
Viewed: 3847
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)

Average Size +/- 43mm

Males are heavy bodied, red dragonflies with clear wings. The yellow
Wing spot is over 3mm long. The abdomen is particularly broad and
Has a maximum width of 3mm.Females are pinkish brown in colour
with a greenish stripe running along the thorax between the wings.
Juveniles are often a golden brown colour.

Habitat and Habits:
Occurs near reedy pools or marshes particularly around bulrushes
and sage. Often settles on the ground but is an alert species.

Common in most parts of Africa. It is also found in parts of
Europe and Asia where it overlaps with Crocothemis servillia erythrea
(probably a sub species). Originally described from Monrovia.

Whilst working in my office, or should I say, looking out the window
I noticed a bug fly into a rose bush.
I followed with my camera and to my surprise, the broad scarlet was
right in front of me. I managed 6 shots before he took off.

Shooting Details
Camera - Sony DSr-PDX10P
No Flash
Tripod No
F/Length 11mm
F Number F/3.4
Exposure Time 1/425sec

Cropped and resized for web.

RAP, marhowie, miqra, gerhardt, PDP, Robbrown, AndyB, red45, Luc, Lourens, Kirsten, thiagobr has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-25 13:41]
  • [2]

Excelente Willie... una vez más.
El colorido y la agudeza realmente son muy buenos.
Un buen encuadre con adecuado POV para ver esta magnífica especie, además de un interesante nota complementaria.

Excellent Willie... once again.
Colorful and the sharpness really is very good.
A good frame with suitable POV to see this magnificent species, in addition to an interesting complementary note.

Willie, Good POV and good sharpness with a big splash of this scarlet red guy! Good job!

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-25 15:07]

Amazing the richness of the colors of these Dragon/Damsel flies...Good detail, excellent backlight...well done!

What a post. Fantastic work, Willie.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-25 17:06]
  • [3]

Great work Willie, it's a great composition and the pose is well captured, maybe a little soft in focus but I think this is the limitations of your equipment. Thanks for posting.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-26 2:27]
  • [2]

Very nice angle in this capture and the sharpness is good as well.

Thanks for posting

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-26 2:45]

A nice capture.
Beautiful colours and great composition.
Good work,well done!

Great Willie, I like it.
Very good colors and good note.
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-26 6:19]

Amazing colours and contrast between red dragon and blue sky! Very well done Willie! I like composition of your image also.

Nice shot, Willie. I like the bright red of this monster. Mooi werk.

Very beautiful colours and pose, nicely contrasted, the focus is quite soft but I should have mentioned considering the camera you are working with. You are really putting it to the limit.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-26 23:55]

You must be proud of it, Willie. Congratulations!

very nice shot, all happy colours.
good details,specialy on the wings. composition is good too, well done!

Sharp and well saturated. Good POV and excelent note.

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