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Keeled Skimmer Female

Keeled Skimmer  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: 2009-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-02-05 15:06
Viewed: 3179
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Orthetrum coerulescens
Family: Libellulidae

The Keeled Skimmer is a species of European dragonfly. Females and immature males lack the black abdominal pattern. The pterostigma is orange and the thorax usually bears pale stripes. Its eyes are blue-grey. It breeds mainly in peat bogs and flies (in the UK) from June to September.
This dragonfly is quite rare, but locally common. Its typical habitat is acidic heath land, where it is often seen alongside Golden-Ringed Dragonflies. Its flight is quite skittish, with frequent hovering, and it lands often. It can fly quite a distance from water, despite its seemingly weak flight. When it perches, the wings are held forward.

Key identification features
- mature male has a pale blue abdomen which lacks a black tip.
- females are pale brown with yellow tinted wings
- thorax in both sexes with broad creamy antehumeral stripes
- pterostigma are long and yellow
- a few divided cells on the wings below the pterostigma (max 3-4). If more, it is a O. brunneum.

Photo taken on Ikaria island.


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Hi Catherine,

If you could be in hurry, we would be neighbour :). You have done an admirable work my dear friend. We can see easy all deatils on its face very sharp and clean. Bravo, this is a great macro of this dragonfly. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Greetigs & have a nice weekend.

Hi Catherine,
And you also have dragonflies! and what dragonflies! a macro to delight us, beautiful light, great POV, impressive cropping for superb composition! Congratulations, beautiful photo!
TFS, happy WE for you!

Hi Catherine,

Very well taken this dragonfly, we can see the characteristics of the body and some pattern in the back wing too, imaged with nice shallow dof and smooth colors. I only missed a bit more light in the image, I hope you don't mind my ws! It really makes only a small differance as in any other way I found the image perfect. TFS!

Best regards,

Giasou fili Katherina:)

A truly impressive macro capture of this magnificent beauty. I love the illumination way here that creates a good effect on the subject. The details, POV/DOF and composition are alos superb.
TFS and have a nice night and saturday MF!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-05 19:41]

Hello Catherine,
What a super macro image you have posted. The detail is incredible and the DOF you managed to obtain is fantastic. Beautiful natural colors with just the right amount of exposure. Well done!!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-05 21:25]

Hello Catherine
Wonderful portrait of this dragonfly taken with excellent details and perfect focus

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-05 23:02]

Hi Catherine,
Excellent posrtrair of this dragonfly.Lighting,BG,sharpness and framing are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Catherie
Wonderful this lovely dragonfly!
Details are so sharp!
Great colors too.

Hello Catherine. splendid macro of this dragonflywith fine pose and beautiful composition.
TFS. Kind regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-02-06 0:05]

Hi Catherine

An amazing capture of this Keeled Skimmer. Superbly done with excellent sharp details
and a magic OOF and well isolated BG. The composition is also fine with the obliquely
angled grass blade delivering the horizontally place insect in a fine manner into the frame.

Good work and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.

hello Catherine,
top quality details in this impressive close up, great macro!
keep photographing! TFS

Ciao Catherine, fantastic portrait of wonderful dragonfly, great macro with fine details, beautiful blurry BG, splendid natural colors and superb sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-06 2:09]

Hello Catherine.

A great capture of this Dragonfly.
Sharpness, colors, POV, it's all balanced into a nice looking picture.
Thank you for sharing it and have a great weekend.

Gr. Hans

Hello Catherine,
Exceptional details and superb sharpness. The warm colours are great.
I like the contrast between the dragonfly and the blurred background.
The details of the legs are amazing.

Excelente acercamiento y muy buena nitidez Catherine. Difícil pero muy logrado encuadre.
Buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

That's an excellent shot, Catherine, good sharpness, nice light and a good POV from the side.
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-02-06 9:25]

Hola Catherine.
Exelente Macro. Finos y elegentes detalles en la cabeza de la Libelula. Bello fondo difuso que le da mas valor a la imagen.

Ciao Catherine. Impressive macro shot with stunning details and DOF. Intrigant warm light and colours.


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