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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-22 11:00
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Shot from todays walk in Botanic Garden. First time this year I had got enough free time to take photos in normal way, not in total rush. I was walking about 3-4 hours, mainly nearby small ponds and hunting for dragonflies. I captured three different species, but this Four-Spotted Chaser is real gem.

Four-spotted Chaser, known in North America as the Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae found throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

A common species of Dragonfly. In the United Kingdom, the adult stage is found between April to early September. Mid May to mid August in Ireland. Larvae have a two year developmental cycle. Adults feeding predominantly on mosquitos, gnats and midges, the larvae feed primarily on other aquatic insect larvae and on tadpoles.

There is a variant form, praenubila Newman, which has exaggerated wing spots. This is believed to be related to water temperatures during larval development, and appears to be more common in Europe than in the Americas.


The male is considered to be highly aggressive and will defend a given territory from incursions from other males of the species. The male is known to form preferences for prominent perches and will often return to the same perches around the margins of pools and ponds whilst it patrols for intruders. Both Sexes are prolific fliers and mating takes place in the air, rather than on perches or amongst the vegetation. The female lays her eggs on floating vegetation. They tend to be easier to approach than Broad-bodied Chasers.

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nglen, lgfoto, horia, vanderschelden, uleko, SelenE, actagaudi, cicindela, aes_thor, Juyona, ramthakur, sandpiper2, marhowie, LordPotty has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-22 11:04]
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Hi Grzegorz. This is an excellent close up . you have use your kit and lens to the best. First class detail and natural colours. A nice POV/DOF. very well done tFS ..Interesting notes too.Nick..

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2008-06-22 11:22]

Absolutely perfect macro Grzegorz. I like the exact visibility of details and sharp structures. Very good DOF and fine finishing.TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-22 11:23]

Hi Greg

Nice to see you around old friend and nice to hear that you finally got a nice day out with your new camera :)
I know very well how difficult it is to adjust from an S2 to a 400D + Sigma 70-300 APO :)) We both had our problems getting good sharp images with our new gear in the past but i think we are starting to get over them now. This is a splendid close-up shot and indeed a true gem!
Excellent choice of DOF here in getting the entire subject in full focus, spot-on exposure and a gorgeous BG to go with it, too!
The resulted details and colors on this Four-spotted Chaser are worth looking at for minutes! Lovely work! Hope to see more :)

Bravo and TFS

Excellent photo, Greg.
Technically outstanding and very beautiful!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-22 12:35]

Hello Greg,
I'm glad you've got some time to be with us again! This is a superb capture of the Four-spotted Chaser, all of it sharply in focus and against a beautiful background. Great details and fine colours too. I never tire of looking at this 'common' dragonfly! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-22 13:05]

Hi Greg,
Very good close-up of this dragonfly. It's crisp sharp, well focused, exposed and composed. TFS

Super zdjęcie, świetna ostrość i umiejętność uchwycenia tej jednej jedynej chwili. Fajnie, że tło nie rozprasza. Dobra ramka.

Witam Grzesiu!
No musze przyznac, ze tytul do zdjecia jest bezbledny! Zwraca uwage i to jak! ;)
A i jama fota bardz ladna. Nie dosc, ze jak zawsze ostry kadr to jeszcze z ciekawa gra swiatel. Dzieki i prosze o nastepne zdjecia! ;)

piękne ujęcie, perfekcyjne detale, ostrość, kolory, bardzo ciekawe tło. Perfekcyjna jakość. Gratuluję

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-22 16:21]

Hola amigo,
realmente espectacular,
perfecto pov,
detalles y excelente foco...
saludos Grzegorz.

Youc caption to this picture is also very interesting, Greg.
The Four-spotted Chaser looks really powerful in this well-captured image.
Though you have shot this picture against the light, the details on the subject are still immaculate.
TFS and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-23 3:42]

Hello Grzegorz,
Wonderful photo of this Chaser. Superb sharpness and details with excellent clear colours. Fantastic composition, BG, POV and DOF. Very beautiful!

Hi Greg

Good to see you back here old friend.
Great shot, though the white spot on the lower left is a bit distracting. Excellent 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)
  • [2008-06-23 15:12]

Hi Grzegorz,
perfect capture!!
You've used your kit very well and have produced a shot to the highest standard.
The DOF here is superb!
Very sharp and very clear.
Excellent composition.

Really well done,


Hi Greg,
Excellent work, the quality looks great.
Really like the BG with its symmetrically shaped points of light there :)

This is a beautiful dragonfly shot Greg.
Incredible clear details and good DOF.
Very nice work!

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