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Black Darter (female)

Black Darter (female)
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-09 10:30
Viewed: 3181
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
Family: Libellulidae

The Black Darter is a dragonfly found in northern Europe, Asia, and North America. It has about 30 mm long and is a very active late summer insect and typical on heaths and lowland.
The male has a mainly black thorax and abdomen.
The female (here) has black legs and brown eyes. The abdomen is mainly yellow, becoming browner with age. It has small yellow patches at the wing bases. (Wikipedia)

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2009-08-09 10:33]

Hi Catherine!

What a detailed portrait of the dragonfly, with so wonderful colors and good sharpness...
I really like it, TFS!

Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-09 10:36]

Hello Catherine,
Beautiful photo in great colours. Good sharp details in an excellent composition and POV. Beautiful plain BG.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-08-09 10:40]

what a wonderful close-up of the pretty dragonfly! :-) terrific view from the side with excellent sharpness and details,
the colors and the neutral blurred background are great too, love the big bubble-eyes and hairy legs.
well done & best wishes, thor.

nice one..great sharpness, and soothing colors, well done


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-09 11:24]

Salut Catherine,une composition spectaculaire,le point de vue a fait la difference.Magnifique la nettete' sur le yeux et les parfaites couleurs aussi,mes compliments et bonne semaine,LUCIANO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-09 11:48]

Hello Catherine,
Thank you for your kind words on completing my third anniversary with TN!
An excellent capture of a female Black Darter
+: Sharpness, DOF, pose, lateral POV, BG, composition, colours and lighting.
-: none, a fine portrait of this species.
Thanks again and all the best,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-09 11:55]

Nice capture of this dragonfly with so good sharpness and excellent colors.TFS.

Hi Catherine,

I am glad to see you are still doing excellent photos, I am very pleased the selected angle and precise in the insect's body, allowing a nice effect with the wings. Excellent composition exploiting the diagonal elements.

Very artistic! very well done!



Hello Catherine,
Superb image of dragonfly, very good sharpness, colours and background.
Best regards,

Wonderful macro of this dragon-fly is one of the best here.
Colors, sharpness, details, all is great.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-08-09 12:36]

Hi Catherine,

A superb capture,well composed with good pose,colors and great BG,


hello catherine
super composition with good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-09 16:16]

Hola Catherine.
Exelente y fina imagen. Hermoso fondo difuso que le da realce al objetivo principal. Las alas lucen bellamente dada la calidad en el enfoque.

Nice shot. The shallow dof with the sharply focussed subject looks great. Good colours and details too.

Excellent capture Catherine. Love the smooth background, the sharpness is very good aswell, and as a bonus we see the dragonfly is finishing her meal. My compliments!

best regards

Dear Catherine,
a marvellously atmosperic portrait of Sympetrum, very well composed and perfectly focussed on the eye. Short depth of field was well chosen here with those soft wings appearing like a fragile transparent veil tenderly wrtapped around the body.
With thanks, and best regards,

bonjour Catherine!
un bon point de reprise qui montre la beauté des détails de cette espèce que je n'ai pas vu........
excellente posture sur la branche et de la couleur

bonne jounèe sERGIO

Hello Catherine,
wonderful capture of this dragonfly with beautiful colors, good light and fine sharpness. I also like the beautifully blurred background. Great macro shot.
Best wishes,

Buena luz, fondo y encuadre. Me fusta lo bien que centraste el foco; una foto para enseñar lo que es la profundidad de campo jeje.

Hy Catherine
Ecellent focus on dragonfly head, perfect bg, warm colors. Congratuletions!
All the best, Oana

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