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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-27 8:11
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
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In 2006 during my summer vacation in India from Saudi Arabia, I was very excited about my point-and-shoot camera Sony P200 presented to me on my 60th birthday by my school colleagues. Starved of wild life in Saudi Arabia, I went about shooting wild life in India like mad, taking sometimes pretty meaningless shots. My most exciting experience was in Mumbai -- a city with rich nature in the suburbs.
When I came across this species of Dragonflies in a lovely park in the city for the first time, I thought it was a butterfly! I chased it around and took tons of its pictures. Later, I realised that it was a female Picturewing and posted many pictures of it on TN that year.
Today, nearly 5 years later, I found the pictures of that vacation on a CD I had stashed away long ago. So I thought of editing one of them on my new Photoshop CS5 version and tried this somewhat large sized macro.
Hope you find it of some interest. Needless to say, the colours and patterns on the wings of this insect are truly amazing.

Picturewing, (Rhyothemis variegata) is a species of dragonflies of the family Libellulidae, found in South Asia. They appear to have weak flight and can easily be mistaken for butterflies.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Odonata

Suborder: Anisoptera

Family: Libellulidae

Genus: Rhyothemis

Species: R. variegata

Name: Common Picture Wing

Scientific Name: Rhyothemis variegata

Thanks for looking.

paolo49, Silvio2006, rousettus, brech, albert, Alex99, valy67, peter_stoeckl, drchoneydew has marked this note useful
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Ciao Ram. Very well done this graphici and coloured one. Just like a paint. Very good details and sharp.


Hello Ram, incredible colors for this dragonflies, very beautiful. Perfect the sharpness and POV. Regards, Paolo

Ciao Ram, fantastic details of splendid wings, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

merhaba Mr. Ram
This is new to me. I have never seen it in the Middle East, incl. Syria, Jordan and Iran. It is very beautiful.
your macro shot is very nice with different cropping. you showed its wing texture and details very well, with great focus, coloration and lighting. nicely composed and presented with good notes.
thanks for sharing. best regards

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2011-01-27 18:30]

This is just an excellent macro shot with vivid detail, sharpness, abd color.

Great job with the original image and PS enhancement is also well done.



Hello Ram
Amazing result with Photoshop CS5, a beautiful macro photo
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-28 7:21]

Hi Ram.
First of all I am very touched with your warm comments to my all last shots. Thanks a lot as well as thanks for such impressive and unusual glance on an amazing dragonfly. Fantastic colouration and perfect reproduction of all colour tones and other details of the insect. Nice creative approach. My compliments and kind regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-28 22:37]

Hello Ram,
wow...what an exciting close up of the dragonfly. So well seen in details, patterns and colours.
Very dramatic closeness and well presented macrowork.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-01-30 14:28]

Hello Ram !
I can understand why you like this old picture so much. It is always interesting to see details on insects, to see "how they are made". Here you really show us lots of details. I love the golden color of the wings and the patterns made by the veins on the wings. Nicely composed, too. Very well done !

Dear Ram,

breath-taking close-up. Very creatively seen. My goodness.
You are offering here an unseen spectre of marvellously iridescent colours and very remarkable details. So we can see clearly how a dragonfly's wings are directly connected to the muscles that are moving them - a way that is unique to that family, allowing them their acrobatic flight behaviour.
We also have the amazing opportunity to look over a dragonfly's shoulder, allowing us to approach the world from her angle.
Phantastic work. Thank you for bringing that gem to an audience from deep down in your archives. My congratulations!

With best regards,


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