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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 Points I, Superb Macros, World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 2:05
Viewed: 5218
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from my archives and still the 400D remains packed. It is becoming so frustrating but at the same time I am discovering such beauties stacked inside DVDs. I remember following this one up for quite some time and finally caught up as it sat near a small pond. The light was reasonable but I was precariously positioned and was not able to balance my stance properly due to the uneven and rocky tapering ground. Fearing that I may disturb it took some quick shots but knew that they were trash. As I saw it for the first time I was also getting restless and excited to have a decent shot, hence had to calm down myself, then I took a deep breath, slow motioned towards it and clicked a few shots. Seems OK. Please give your impressions.

The Scarlet Skimmer or Crimson Darter (Crocothemis servilia) is a species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to east and southeast Asia and introduced to Florida and Hawaii.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Crocothemis
Species: C. servilia

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-16 2:22]

Hi Sumon,

an excellent capture of this darter,the colors are great against the BG colors,overall picture is sharp and shows great detail,hope your 400D can jump out of his box soon,


Hello Sumon,

Beautiful composition. Very good POV. Great sharpness and nice vivid colours. Good contrast against the background.
Well done,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-16 2:33]

Hi Sumon,
Focus, sharpness, lighting, details, colors, POV and composition look very good. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Sumon

Great capture of this scarlet skimmer, we have similar species here.
Maybe just a bit too saturated, but apart from that is has great sharpness and DOF.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-16 2:55]

Good Morning Neighbour!
What a striking image of this magnificent dragonfly!
The colours are beautiful!
Superb clarity that conserves lots of detail and keeps the photo razor-sharp.
Great DOF and BG.
Excellent composition.
Well done Sumon,

I hope things pick up for you soon!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-16 3:35]

Hello Sumon,
Outstanding capture of this bright scarlet dragonfly. Excellent focus, sharp details and I like its pose on the twig. A very beautiful light background too that makes it really stand out. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Sumon,
This picture is wonderful. Perfect sharpness and color clarity. I like this pov. Very well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-16 6:14]

Hi Sumon,this time the pic is perfect 100%,excellent details colours and background,very good work,thanks for share,Luciano

Crimson is an apt name for the colour. And sharp is the word for the image! I enjoy, as usual, gazing on all of your professional quality work. The diagonal and the composition are especially good here Sumon. That Sony and your eye are still making good quality photographs..perhaps taking some time off helped you concentrate a bit better...

Your trials in getting this shot proved to be worth it. It is very nice and clean. You have done and excellent job with the border. It's simple understated and elegant. I would nominate this photo as the defining photo for this species.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-16 7:50]

Hello sumon,
A really fine capture of a male Scarlet Skimmer with great focusing to make max use of the low aperture as most of it is razor sharp. The POV and composition against the OOF natural BG are first class.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hello Sumon,

Yes, of course, I like very much this picture :-)

You did a great composition and f/4 seems to be sufficient to have the whole almost in focus... I like the sharpness of the veins within the wings and the blurred bg! The colors is wonderful and the scarlet is so scarlet :-)

Great shot took in difficult position...

TFS Mana!


Ciao Sumon,
complimenti per questa splendida immagine.
Il rosso acceso della libellula è riprodotto fedelmente ed ancor più accentuato dallo sfondo omogeneo, sul quale la silhouette della libellula si staglia perfettamente.
Le nervature alari sono eccezionalmente a fuoco.
Grazie per avere condiviso questa bella foto con noi,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-16 11:29]

Hi Sumon,

This Scarlet Skimmer is superb! Colors and details are extraordinary. The face and wings are fantastic. Wonderful pose on the tip of the branch.


Hello friend Sumon,
This is a true beauty of Dfly in red!
the bg colour makes the Dfly stands out so well with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!
a masterpiece of fine work indeed
my compliment always

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-16 21:05]

Hello Sumon

the colour is outstanding in this shot.So vivid and bright.
Wonderful focus with excellent sharp detail.The POV and DOF are very good.
The bright red really stands out from the neutral colours of the shot.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-16 21:07]

Hello Sumon,
Just marking today, my classes started so I'm out
of time.. Congratulations for this wonderful presentation
I'll come back tomorrow with a proper critique..


Como siempre en muchas de tus tomas , buen enfoque, luz y composición, aunque en esta además, el resultado del conjunto es de una fineza increíble y de una elegancia sobresaliente.Realmente impresionante.
Un abrazo: J.Ignasi

Hi Sumon,
Flawless composition, the bold red color is some awesome eye candy :)
Really like the POV. Great detail, DOF, BG, and exposure as well.
Well done!

  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-17 3:46]

Hello Mana,

Excellent macro. So sharp with brilliant red.

POV,BG,Compo and exposure are great.



Hi Sumon,
What a nice specie, so colorful! You managed an excellent composition with super details and lightning. I would have been curious seeing the same picture at F8 for example just to see if all wings could be as sharp compare one to another but this is nitpicking :) I never managed to catch a Dragonfly in my life so far so, I haven’t many advices to give… It looks like a little ballerina; this is beautiful!

Hi Sumon Da,
It is a superb shot of the scarlet skimmer. Razor sharp details and fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Sumon, wonderful dragonfly with splendid bight colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Sumon,
What to say about that stunning&vivid red?
Simply amazing.
And your POV couldn't have been any better for the composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Bonjour SUmon,
Toujours une belle harmonie des couleurs avec des détails grandiose, superbe macro.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-17 22:50]

Intéressantes couleurs et bon cadrage.
Bonne journée.

Hallo Sumon
Excellent macro shot of this cherry red skimmer. Wonderful and sharp details. I don’t know if I am wrong but it seems as if this skimmer went through a spider web judging at the threads still sticking to one of the wings. I like the yellow spots on the body. It looks as if this skimmer was polished and groomed for the photographic session. A perfect picture pretty photo. Thanks for sharing. It was lovely to look at.
Kind regards

Exceptionally well captured insect. Beautifully framed, sharpness is outstanding and the color and exposure are excellent. Well done!

Hello Sumon,
Amazing colour of this little fellow!
I guess this shining red will stand out in any setting, and I'm sure nature did that on purpose...
Excellent details in the insect, perfect composition!
Pablo -

Hola Sumon,
Bonito ejemplar el que has capturado con tu maestría, la composición es muy bonita, acompañada de gran nidez, con luz y fondo preciosos. Saludos
José Ramón

Brilliant red color, great pose, and excellent details. Love seeing the lace-work in their wings. SUch beauty!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-18 6:37]

Hello Sumon,
Outstanding capture with vivid color and amazing details my friend. Your work gives us an icredible view of this species in a beautful composition. Thanks for this wonderful image and good note.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-18 11:20]

Hello Mana,
Amazing capture, onece again!
fantastic work, beautiful pose captured with great details and wonderful colors
great work

Hi Sumon,
Very unusual bright red dragonfly!
Excellent POV and focus detail to see the insect well.
Pleasing blurred BG. Well done!
TFS, Richard

Beautiful red fellow you photographed, Sumon.
Well composed. POV is great. I like the bluured BF as well..

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-19 6:51]

What amazing shot! How beautiful this dragonfly and how stunning the details on its wings and body! I like a lot the colors and the magnificent sharpness, POV, DOF, composition and beautiful presentation.
Excellent job!
My compliments and best regards

A perfect capture in diagonal of this
scarlet skimmer,a difficult color to treat but the details are surprising for precision and cleanliness.
another jewlery of skill Sumon

best regards sERGIO

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-19 10:44]

Hello Sumon, perfectly sharp shot, great background and absolutely beautiful subject, well done !


Hello again :-)
Vivid red dancer :-) Great contrast and beautiful set of colors red dragonfly VS peaceful brown background
I like it very much

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-01-20 23:55]

Hello Sumon !
You have wondeful shots in your archives ! This one is most impressive. Fisrt, I love the color of the ragonfly, such an intense red color. Second, you captured her very nicely, with sharp details, natural colors, wonderful composition and POV and nice blurred BG. Thirs, I like her pose, sitting so typically on this little branch. Very well done !

Hello Sumon, this is super sharp and very detailed. Gorgeous colours and perfect dof. I really love this. Its a lovely shot, what a beauty. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-22 10:16]

Hi Sumon.
Once more your amazing shot of next terrific insect. Simply great DOF and stunning details/sharpness. I like subject, framing and composition of the picture a lot. They are really outstanding. BG is amazing too. Bravo.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-22 10:51]

Hi Sumon

Great POV and your trademark crisp and sharp shot. Great pose and nice DOF



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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-27 12:54]

Hello Sumon,
Excellent detail with your perfect focus. superb exposure and very true colors.TFS

Hello again!
This is very beautiful photo. I especially like contrast between red and very vivid in colours dragonfly, and warm tones of BG. Fantastic composition!!! Moreover you added a very nice frame, it perfectly corresponds with the rest of picture :)
Bravo and TFS.
Best regards,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-01-30 9:33]

Hello Sumon,
Wow ! You offer us a superb macro for this lovely dragonfly !
The "+++" : composition, nice subject and beautiful pose, POV, sharpness, details on the body and wings, DOF, good exposure, colors, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Good camera work and thanks for sharing,

bonjour sumon
les paysage hivernaux sont agreable a regarder mais je prefere quand même les couleurs chaudes et vives de cette photo.
bonne netteté et bon details de cette libellule.

Hi Sumon,

b e a u t i f u l, this fiery-red dragonfly. My compliments. It becomes a favorite of mine.

Best regards

Hello Sumon,

Excellent shot on this skimmer. Flawless sharpness and details over the whole body and wings. I like this so please allow me to add this to my personal theme.


Hello Sumon.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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