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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my best 25 photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-21 10:05
Viewed: 3766
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Orthetrum cancellatum Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly.
Adults. Adult body about 47–50–53 mm long. Average wingspan 77 mm; hindwings 35–40 mm long.

The eyes dorsally narrowly apposed to dorsally broadly contiguous; brown (in the female), or blue (in the male).

Legs black and brown (the femoral bases brown). Thoracic antehumeral stripes absent. The wings spread more or less horizontally in repose; dissimilar in shape and venation; sessile; unpatterned and clear. The inner wing venation blackish. Discoidal cell divided longitudinally into a conspicuous triangle and supra-triangle. Antenodal veins in the forewings 10–13 (fewer in the hindwings). Pterostigma well over twice but no more than five times as long as wide; black.

Abdomen lanceolate; 30–35 mm long; predominantly blue (in the male), or brown (in the female), or grey (sometimes, in old females); rather plain (in the male, but often with orange lateral markings, and darkened over the terminal segments), or predominantly longitudinally lined (the female with a dark medio-lateral band on either side along each segment); without mid-dorsal spots. The male abdomen without auricles on segment 2; with a single inferior anal appendage.

Nymphs. The nymphs stout, the body expanded in the middle; when mature, 23–25.5 mm long.

The postocular lobes curving sharply to the back of the head from some distance behind the eyes. The antennae 7 segmented. The mask having the prementum hollowed dorsally. The prementum bearing three (rarely two or four) long setae inserted near each lateral margin, and two medial fields of seven to eight short spiniform setae, the latter flanked by four setae of medium length. The body of the labial palps bearing (6–)7 major setae. Distal margins of the labial palps weakly crenate. Legs longer than the abdomen.

The abdomen terminating in five short spine-like appendages. The cerci no more than hald the length of the paraprocts. The abdomen with mid-dorsal spines. The mid-dorsal abdominal spines prominent on segments 3 to 6. The abdomen without a mid-dorsal spine on segment 8; gizzard with 4–8 folds.

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My 100 photo today. And I choose for one of my favourite insects the dragonfly. Yes this blue one was a beauty. Every time again he flies away. That reason I took him with a quick shot. I hope you like it. Next year I have my new camera for this kind of shots. The canon 350d with a macro lens.It would be hard to make them better then now, but I know it is possible.
gr. Jaap

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Very good detail and sharpness Jaap. Great contrast against this light colored straw. I like this, Well done. Congrats on 100 today also. Thank You.

Congratulations on your 100th Jaap!

Wonderful shot of this dragonfly.

The eyes are so sharp and clear, as is the rest of the body and wings.

Looking forward to many more from you.

Thank you.

Hi Jaap.
Congrats on your 100th post. ( again :-) )
It's a beautiful Dragonfly with lovely colours. The detials are very good. The DOF is maybe littgle shallow but it works here.
Great work, My Friend.

Hi Carper,
tata tata - 100 wonderful Photos which I enjoyed so much. Special your Jubilee-Photo today is so wonderful, blue is my favourite colour, and dragonflies my favourite insects - so - together it is the perfect shot for me.
I also want to say thank you for your helpful critics during the last months, you gave me the chance to learn so many things from you.
So - congratulations, perfect job, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-21 11:43]

Dear Jaap, congratulations on your 100th photo. And keep on bringing them.

And we celebrate your 100th post with a great image by you.

Excellent sharpness, exposure, lighting, pov and composition. I like contrast too.

Hi Jaap,
Congratulations on your 100th Post, long may you continue posting your wonderful images.

Good detail, colours and sharpness. Good POV, exposure and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-10-21 12:45]


Very good choice for your jubilee. I like this specie of Dragonflies very much. You captured it well - sharp, detailed, colorfull and on good BG. Excellent work my friend!

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-10-21 12:47]

Great picture of a beautiful D'fly. Congrats for the achievment and the 100th post!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-21 13:47]

Bonjour Jaap, bravo pour cette belle macro aux superbes couleurs, le bleu de l'insecte tranche bien sur le jaune paille. Bonne définition dans la nervure des ailes. Mes félicitations Didier.

Its a great macro Jaap with stunning details and effective POV. My only nit would be the that reed or grass running along the bottom. I love the colours in this capture Jaap. O Yes congrats on 100... You mentioned in your last post about getting a DSLR, thats great Jaap I must check your gallery soon and give comments on your best. Regards Steve.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-21 15:04]

Congratulations "100", Jaap.
Here very well done. Dragonflies - it Your specialization. Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Jaap, thanks for 100 beautiful pictures.
This is an excellent photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness and POV. A very nice composition. TFS.

Hi Jaap,
A superb shot for your milestone 100th post. Excellent colors and sharp detail. To me, the composition and framing are perfect. Looking forward to you next 100 posts. Superb notes on this subject too.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-21 17:20]

Very good photo of this common odonata!
Beautifl blue color!
Also common in Portugal.
Very good details too!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-21 17:24]

Hi Jaap,
Congratulation on your 100th
Excellent close-up!
Very nice colour, great sharpness.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Hello Jaap!
Very nice capture.Details are crisp clear.POV,framing,sharpness and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-22 3:29]

Hello Jaap!
Wonderful close up.POV,sharpness,details,framing,lighting and composition are excellent.Conrats on 100th post and hope to see also your 10000th here.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-22 4:05]

What a nice shot for the 100th post ! Congratulations again Jaap for all of your beautiful and interesting phots. And good luck with the 350D...

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-22 6:59]

Hi Jaap,

Good work my friend! Superb colors and very sharp details. I also like the background a lot. Exposure is spot on. Ik had alleen ietsje meer ruimte aand de voorkant (linkerkant in dit geval) gelaten. Verder is het een prachtige macro. Well done & TFS! Congrats on the 100th post!


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-10-22 12:59]

Goedenavond Jaap,
Van harte proficiat met uw 100e foto op TN, en weer eentjes om van te snoepen, ja een beauty Jaap, de scherpte is hier werkelijk den top, mijn droom staat hier in beeld, als ik dit eens kan verwezelijke, bent u de eerste die de foto zal zien Jaap!
Laat de volgende 100 maar komen.

Hello jaap!
Absolutely great close-up! I love details and pose.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-23 22:55]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: very strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Japp. Congratulations for the 100th!
Have a great week!

This is a very nice capture, Jaap. Sorry I have no time for a proper critique.

Congratulations on your 100th post! Very clear and sharp. Good colors and nice POV. Hope we can see your 2000th post on TN ;-) Thanks for sharing!

Tres beau specimen de cette Libellule ou les détails sont superbe et la mise aoin bien capturé sur la tete de l'insecte.
Les teintes du fond permette un bon detachement du sujet.
Bravo Jaap.;-)

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-11-26 14:59]

Hi Jaap,
Beautifull picture of this Blue Dragon against the yellow background. A very nice one for the records.
May the crop to tight?



How did I miss out on this one.? Congrats on the 100th.
I guess, I've been in and out, that's why. How are you doing.?

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Excellent focus details and tones. Beautiful work.


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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-29 7:06]

Hi Jaap.
" A STOP AND CONTINUED " .....Wonderful macro,very good details and sharpness, excellent colors and contrast, very nice composition,is a great photo,complet note, congratulation 100, ...continued 100 more.
Thanks and I wait more photos , comments , tips and critiques.


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