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Libellula pulchella

Libellula pulchella
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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70s, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 7:39
Viewed: 3701
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Twelve-spotted Skimmer is a slender, with unmistakeable wing pattern of black and white patches. It's abdomen is blue-brown with a pale yellow stripe down each side. They are strongly territorial and like to perch on slender stick or grass overhanging water.

Prefers sunny, open shoreline of ponds and lakes, this one lives at a pond in the Rock garden of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, ON

soften BG

Alex99, pablominto, carper, Dando, wallhalla15, anavazao, Silke, jmp, valy67, captainsgirl, cicindela has marked this note useful
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Hi Sky,
An excellent shot on this Twelve-spotted Skimmer. The composition and framing look really good. Nice quality light. Good exposure has the colors and detail looking very nice. The clean uncluttered OOF backround really shows the wing detail.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-28 8:17]

Hi Sky.
What a beautiful and artistic picture you have created. The dragonfly is wonderful and its reproduction into your shot is excellent too. I am amazed by impressive colourful BG, details of dragonfly, diagonal composition and interesting lighting. Very well done and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-28 8:25]

Beautiful shot. Lovely light especially on the wings. Lovely composition and colours. Great composition

Hi Sky,
Great macro.Wonderful details, colours, lights and composition.Very well done.


Just great Sky! A picture that I would like to take by myself.

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-08-28 9:08]

très belle photo
très belles couleurs et très bons détails
BG très bons et bonne luminosité...

Hello Sky,
This is a beauty! And nicely photographed too...
Fine composition with great lines, good colours and details!
Pablo -

Salut Sky
WOW! what a magnificent capture. Colours sharpness composition all a fabulous. Great framing too!
Thank you for sharing your expertise.

Hello Sky,
Lovely picture of this dragonfly, great vision!! Nice colours and detail, very good composition! Well done Sky!

Best regards,

Bei colori e bella composizione. Ciao gigicacco

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-28 10:23]

I love it Sky,
fantastic capture, the photo is very nice, good quality, good pov and a fine details, marvelous job.
gr. jaap

hi sky
magnifique,j'aime beaucoup les ailes de cette libellule.good POV and DOF.
l'encadrement est bien fait aussi.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-28 11:03]

Hello Sky,

Great shot of this nice dragonfly! Good pov and exposure! I think that if you used an operture of f8.0
instead of f5.0, all the insect would be in focus (including the 4 wings). Nice shot and TFS,


Well captured Sky,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-28 13:06]

Nice shot Sky. Colors are good, frame is lovely and the composition is wonderful. DOF could have been a bit longer imo, but other than that; well done! TFS!


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-28 13:35]

Hi Sky, excellent macro. I like the way the colours of the skimmer are complimented in the background. Great details and well positioned in the frame. Great work and TFS.

Well composed with great exposure and detail, very nice Skyf.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Hi Sky,
What a stunning close capture. The BG and the single straw give such a sence of peace to the photo that I can fully concentrate on the Skimmer. You've captured beautifully with great control on light and colors.

Jetzt hast Du den Vogel abgeschossen - wow - ich beneide Dich um diesen sagenhaften Anblick - welch eine Schönheit.
Ich bin bei diesen Libellen immer ganz aufgeregt und bete, daß sie sich nicht aus dem Staub macht. So eine habe ich leider noch nie mit eigenen Augen sehen dürfen. Aber ich hatte am Wochenende auch endlich Glück ... Bin happy!
Viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-28 14:55]

Hallo Sky,
ein künstlerisch gestaltetes Bild mit dieser schön gezeichneten Libelle. Die zurückhaltenden grau-braun Töne passen alle sehr gut zueinander.
.. Ein Designer-Werk ..
Beste Grüße,

Hallo Sky,
heute mal ein Libelle? Hast Du wunderbar ins Bild gesetzt. Sollte es mich mal an den Ontario-See verschlagen, werde ich doch wohl mal den Botanischen Garten in Augenschein nehmen.;-)
Sehr schönes Portrait dieser Libelle. Sehr gute Schärfe, Tiefenschärfe und ein interessanter Point of View. Danke Dir für dieses schöne Insekt.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-28 15:51]

Wonderful macro Sky, really...

+ composition, POV, DOF, color, sharpness, framing, background, lighting (impossible to avoid those reflections on the wings).

= focus (something soft in the end of the wings), notes.

Greetings... Ricardo

Hello Sky,
Beautiful! I like how you´ve portraited this amazingly nice dragonfly. The BG is perfect; the blurred wings end are not a defect here, doing a nice visual effect; diagonal composition is another strong point.

Hi friend,
A superb macro composition with good colours and clarity!
beautiful lighting and composition!
Take care Ana:)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-28 21:21]

Hi Sky

Wonderful composition.The BG and placement is lovely.Excellent DOF and colours.Beautifully framed and presented.TFS


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-28 21:37]

Hello Sky
This is delightful: a lovely delicate composition in black and white. TFS

BEautiful specimen Sky.
Well captured, good POV and composition.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-29 12:43]

Hi Sky,
Beautiful dragonfly captured with excellent light reflection, pov and blurred bg. Composition is wonderful!
TFS, José M.

Beautiful especimen, fantastic capture!Nice composition.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-31 15:43]

wow, was ist denn das für eine tolle libelle, sky! :-)
hervorragend erwischt, wie sie uns ihre einmalige schwarz-
weiße flügelzeichung zeigt und so wunderschön im sonnenlicht funkelt.
fantastic job & viele grüße, thorsten.

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-09-02 4:19]

Marvellous capture, very pure composition of this beautiful Damselfly, that is showing like an abstract painting on its wings. The metallic coloured background goes well with the metallic shine on the insect's body and wings. Your "tiled" framing perfectly fits your composition. Congratulations. Patrick

Hi Sky !
This is a splendid dragonfly, I love the beautiful markings on its wings ! The composition, the POV and the blurry BG are wonderful, as well as the colors and the light. there are also excellent details on the dragon. very well done !

beautiful dragon-fly. Astonishing coloring and pozdrawiam

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-09-05 20:37]

Tout ce que je peux écrire de plus que ce qui est écrit ci-haut, c'est WOW!
Votre photo de cette libellule m 'est passée inaperçue, je dois l'admettre. Et pourtant, on ne peut pas la manquer lorsqu'on ouvre la première page de votre site.
Un jour, j'arriverai sans doute à obtenir autant de qualité. Mais faudra faire vite, je vieillis encore ce mois-ci.-))
Bonne semaine, Sky.


you really do take some beautiful.."bug" photos...I have never seen one of these although I don't live to far away from that area..guess I should keep my eyes open...nice photo..awesome detail. TFS
Donna :o)

Hello Sky,
At first I would like to say I am sorry for delay with comment and critique. Last few days (and the next 10-14) are really bussy for me..
Anyway, finally I am here and I will wrote sometig more that "later" ;)
I really like such king of dragonfly species. Maybe beacuse in Poland there is only one species with "true" colours of wings (Sympetrum pedemontanum).
Nice POV and good DOF.
Best greetings and TFS,

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