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Male Ruddy Marsh Skimmer

Male Ruddy Marsh Skimmer
Photo Information
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: 2008-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-02-01 7:12
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I have a lot of dragonfly pictures taken during the summer of 2008.
Not to overdo it, I post their pictures off and on and here is one for you today.
This is a male Ruddy Marsh Skimmer or Scarlet Skimmer. The female of this species is frequently seen but males are generally scarce.
Given below is a brief note on it:

Name: Ruddy Marsh Skimmer
Scientific Name: Crocothemis servilia

The female Ruddy Marsh Skimmer is reddish yellow in colour. The male is blood red in colour with marked blue in the lower part of the eye. Both have amber coloured wing patches at the base of their wings and a black mid dorsal stripe on the abdomen.



PS: (2.2.09)Friends, I'm posting the totally untouched Workshop version of this picture converted into jpeg from raw for the viewing of Roel in particular. My point is to present before you and him the facts -- how a picture taken in 'vivid' colour mode of Nikon sRGB looks untouched and how it looks after it is edited on PS CS3. Even the lens dirt is visible in the original and has not been touched at all. I would like you to have a look at the saturation level in the original. At PP level, I did not touch the saturation level at all but did the rest to make this presentation. I am grateful to Roel for his candidness and have stretched his point only to bring facts into light and to have an objective discussion on the technology of digital photography. Personal opinions are of little value in such discussions. Thanks.

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Just fantastic, Ram, this one is so beautiful with the bright-red colour and the blue parts in the eyes.
Excellent shot, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Una sinfonía de colores y una buena presentación.
Una fotografía llamativa de entrada que no pasa desapercibida !
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hello Ram
beautiful colours
composition is oke
good sharpness
nice shot
greeting lou

Hello Ram,
what a beautiful dragonfly, with amazing wonderful colors. The red colors on the body is incredible. Your capture is vrey well composed and a good sharpness.
Well done
Best Regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-01 7:34]

Hi Ram. What a colourful one this is . You have taken a fine side view of the Red coloured dragonfly. Which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. A nice side POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hi Mr. Ram,
A good capture of this beautiful Ruddy Marsh Skimmer. Excellent sharp details and a nice composition. But I think the colors are a little bit oversaturated but it is not a problem. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-01 8:09]

Hello Ram,
Excellent shot, superbly focused and nice DDF, great sharpness and very neat image.
Lovely colors, very aesthetic piece of artwork.Best regards Siggi

Is it Christmas Ram? wow! What deep reds and greens. It sure does stand out...A fine display..among your top 10!

Hi Ram,

I think you made a very nice shot,
But I think it's oversaturated . . .
And I do not agree with haraprasan . . . This oversaturating makes the picture unnatural.
Sorry, but this is what I really think!


Reds and greens in perfect counterpoint here Ram, and that sliver of blue a fine balancing point. A lively image and a beautiful composition in nature my friend, thank you indeed for sharing it with us.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-01 9:23]

Hi Ram,
Very nice capture of this Skimmer.POV,vivid colors,sharpness,3D effect and details are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-01 9:42]

Hello Ram,
The colours in this photo are gorgeous. Well saturated and very clear, beautifully contrasting against the BG. Excellent sharp details, composition, POV and DOF.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-01 10:14]

Nice capture with vivid colors and good details.

Hello Ram,
Beautiful macro. Good DOF & sharp dragonfly with good details. Nice colors. TFS - Regards - Adil.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-01 12:24]

Hi Ram!

Nature's creation is so various and surprising. I have never seen a Dragonfly of that species and I find the colours amazing. The green background contrasts so well with the insect's colour.

Kind regards


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-01 14:52]

Ho, it looks like a creature from outer space. What a bright red against the green. The light is superb, Ram, and the colours fantastic. Thankyou!


Hello Ram
very crisp clear and sharp macro shot, I like the red dragonfly in a green environment
superb vivid colors
Very well done

Hello Ram,
Beautiful fiery colours in this shot contrast nicely with the vivid blue eye of the dragonfly.
A nicely composed shot with good detail.
TFS and Cheers

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-01 19:49]

Hello Ram
He is a bright orange / red / Ruddy Marsh Skimmer. And what a pretty fellow he is.
Nice and sharp too

Hi Ram,

Wowwwwwwww.... this is simply stunning. The colors are so well contrasted against the blurry background. Amazing sharp focus with excellent control of depth. So well executed in very nice perch and framing.

Well done and TFS.

Have a nice day,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-02 0:10]

Hello Ram,
Very good work ! impressive colors and composition ! Thanks for sharing

Hello Sir,
Superb shot. I don't think you will be overdoing with your dragonfly shot,. just look at this. This is a beauty. Superb sharpness, details, well saturated colours and an excellent POv.Looking forward to more
TFS & Regards,

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2009-02-02 2:33]

Hello Ram,

very nice vibrant capture of this Skimmer. Details, composition and POV are great.Well done.
Thanks for sharing

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-02 4:46]

This is a very fine shot sir showing the color of the eye. The colors are superb/bright and natural tones. The view is perfect. Ganesh

Ciao Ram, superb dragonfly with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-04 23:53]

Hello Ram !
I don't know how, but it seems that somehow I missed this beauty, so here we go, I'll coment it now. What I like most here, it is the vivid colors and the striking contast between red and green. Of course, the details, the composition, the POV and the pose of the dragonfly are wonderful too. Very well done !

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