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Striking red

Striking red
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-07 5:35
Viewed: 4349
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Libellulid Dragonfly, the Scarlet Darter, (Crocothemis erythraea)is widespread in S. Europe, N. Africa and Asia.

So it is not that strange to come across it along one of the few streams on the otherwise dry Canary Island of Fuerteventura which my wife and I visited on a day trip from Lanzarote.

This male was basking in the sun and was easily scared away by our approach, but we sat and waited knowing that he would return to one of his favourite perches in his territory.

He returned to settle on this rock. This shot was taken at a distance of about 2.5 meters and the camera hand-held.

Only about 30% of the original was cropped away and the image was sharpened and treated by Neat Image to reduce noise.

Lycaon, ralfsworld, Alex99, fiyo, ramthakur, volkan, undoredo, jeanpaul, blakitan, coasties, jcoowanitwong, peter_stoeckl, izler has marked this note useful
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hi ivan,
nice capture,
the red colour of this fly is lovely,
nice sharpness, good pov, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Super shot.
Great POV and DOF
Good composition and sharpness.
Brilliant species.
Well done

Hej Ivan
Nice catch of dragon fly, well framed with nice details and colours. I have seen similar kind of this dragon fly during my visit to central Africa. I am not good to identify insects of plants as you so maybe I saw something else... But I know it was dragonfly :) Usually I only photograph bird and animals :)

...allt väl med dig i den gråa och milda vintern?

Hi Ivan,
there are a lot of Crocothemis pics on the net and on TN, but yours is clearly the best shot I saw, all is perfect here. It can only be topped by a pic of a Croctemis doing something interesting. Congratulations,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-07 8:12]

Hi Ivan.
Great close-up with amazing specimen of dragonfly. Its colours and details are really amazing as well as its lighting and shadow. Very nice captured scene, POV and DOF. My best regards and TFS.

Hello Ivan,

Excllent work, great detaisl very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo perfect colors, bg POV DOF nice work,

TFS kyle

Hello Ivan,
I always welcome dragonfly photo!! :-)
Very well captured. Excellent details, nice POV and perfect DOF!
Thanks for sharing this photo.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-07 9:58]

Hello Ivan,
Amazing shot and wonderful colours! Very well done.

Scarlet Darter is a good looking species and you have captured it very well against the grey rocks, Ivan.
The angle of light displays the details and colours very vividly in this picture.
I like the reddish bit of shadow on the rock.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-07 10:43]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful shot and nice POV.
Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-07 17:18]

Hej Ivan
Beautiful red colour. Good sharpnes, details, light and POV. Also good note and composition.
Well done mf.


Hi Ivan
C'est une merveilleuse photo en macro
que cette Jolie libellule,très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.

Bravo et merci ...JP

Hi Ivan

You nailed this guy! Love the bright red. A real eye catcher in the thumbnail! Crisp, clear and sharp. TFS.

Hello Ivan,
This one is really red from head to toe. Beautiful composition,exposure,and sharpness. Great vivid colors and blurry background. Very well done and TFS.

Hi Ivan,
Nice shot of this bright red dragonfly. Deeper DoF may be nicer to include both pairs of wings within the sharp region.

Ben Lakitan

Good shot sharp detail and nicely composed Good background contrast and saturated colours. Fine DOF well done rgds Necip.

Hello Ivan,
perfect details and a most pleasant contrast of bright red against grey! A pleasure to see the clearly shown transparent wings emerging from almost invisible in front of the rock.
Peerfectly chosen falloff in sharpness.
Pleasant, well balanced composition.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hello Ivan,
This is a great result! I like this POV, composition, details and colors. It seems that those red Dragonflies like to be on a grey BG. I often see that and I think that it's great because I really this mix between those two colors. Well done with good lightning,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-11 17:30]

hello ivan
you are presenting beautiful dragonfly which has got impressive red colour. composition, POV, DOF, colours and details are great

Hi Ivan,
This red is striking, indeed! C.erythraea is one of my favorite dragonfly species. Excellent focus on the body and the left wings. I also love the composition, putting the wings at a right angle. The dull gray rock superbly contrasts the colorful insect.

I keep going past this and always have a look because of the sharp image which has a highly attractive red feature.
A good portrait.


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