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Southern Skimmer

Southern Skimmer
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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: 2010-05-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-18 8:02
Viewed: 3221
Points: 40
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Southern Skimmer - Orthetrum brunneum

We found this powder-blue dragonfly by the beautiful Potamia river on Lesvos where it was frequently perching on a large rock by the waterside. The male has a beautiful powder-blue colour while the female is overall brownish/yellow. It is a medium-sized dragonfly that is normally seen along running waters and is apparently common in southern Europe.

This was taken with the camera handheld from a distance of about 2 metres. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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Ciao Ulla, lovely dragonfly with splendid wings, fantastic details, encellent sharpness, superb macro, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Ulla,
a splendid capture of the Southern Skimmer taken from an excellent POV showing perfectly the peculiarities of this species, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, nice composition with the lovely pose on the rock.
Best regards

hello Ulla

excellent macro photo of this insect, fine POV and the way
diagonally it is framed on the image, fine focus sharpness details,



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-18 8:27]

Hello Ulla
Another great shot from you, this lovely dragonfly!
Perfect details, colors and very good light!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-18 9:00]

Hello Ulla,
Great photo of this skimmer in beautiful natural colours and very good sharpness and details. Excellent composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ulla,

an good pov, sharp, dof and detailed pictue from these dragonfl.
fine natural colours.


Hello Ulla!
Nice to see your new picture :)
I had oportunity to observe this species in Bulgaria and Romania, in Poland it is very rare.
Very nice capture in typical pose as for this species. Good sharpness and DOF.
Thank you for showing this nice dragonfly and have a nice weekend!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-18 10:31]

Hello Ulla,
an impressive sharp picture of this Southern Skimmer contrasting well against the background. The beautiful blue colour of the skimmer is presented clearly. Nice point of view and pretty good composition, as well.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla. Very good detaisl and great colours contrast agaist the stone like BG.


Hello Ulla,
wonderful details and colours. A very good image and nice composition.
Great sharpness and excellent focus.

resolviste bastante bien Ulla, y eso que se aprecia una luz muy potente. La armonía de la libélula sobre la roca es patente.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-19 3:01]

Hello Ulla,
very simple shot showing the skimmer in good view. The features are well shown and the colour is so natural with the rock giving emphasise on texture too.
simple but good view.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-19 10:57]

Hello Ulla,
Very fine color-combination, the blue dragonfly on the silvery stone. Well chosen diagonal presentation and best sharpness. Simple and beautiful!
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hello Ulla,

Very impressive shots.
This dragonfly is very beautiful blue hue.
Perspective, composition and sharpness are very skillfully crafted.
TFS, Best Regards.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-19 15:48]

Hi Ulla,a very very perfect pic,the great sharpness and the excellent contrast whit the grey background are what i like..beautifuls light's games on the wings too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Ulla,
Always is good for me to see your pictures! ... I learn something new in each one of them. On this shot, you have used the ISO 8O with focal opening half and 1/1000s; a ideal combination to keep balanced in the light of this difficult surface, and at same time get a beautiful dragonfly replete with nice details; Well done! ... thanks for sharing! Greetings, Jesús

Hello Ulla,
Excellent macro of the Powder blue dragonfly.Sharp image with an excellent POV and DOF that has cpatured and reproduced the details on its wings and body.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-20 6:55]

Hi Ulla.
I cannot imagine how can take more nice picture of a beautiful species. In my places I have not met it. Nice upper POV, Very suitable neutral BG and superb sharpness, crisp details of the scene at whole. Diagonal composition of the image is also very attractive. TFS and all the best.

ciao Ulla!
splendid capture of this brunneum on the rock,dragonfly that i know very well
excellent details and definition

thanks sERGIO

Hello Ulla
a great capture of very beautiful Southern Skimmer. bluish colored body looks wonderful. wing texture also great. superb colors and great sharp details. nicely composed diagonally. thanks for sharing, best regards

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