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Yellow-winged Darter

Yellow-winged Darter
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-02 21:48
Viewed: 3045
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow-winged Darter male (Sympetrum flaveolum)
Swedish name: Gulfläckad ängstrollslända, meaning ‘yellow-blotched darter’.

This species of darter is easily distinguished from the other species of red-bodied darters by the inner third of the wings being coloured an orange-yellow. The wings of both males and females are coloured this way.

Basically the Yellow-winged darter is an eastern species, being more common in Eastern Europe and Asia and it is rare in the west and absent from the British Isles. It is locally common in S. Sweden., where it flies mostly in July and August.

We found several males hunting over the vegetation by a car-park not far from the river Helgeå that floods over during the spring to form shallow pools where they might breed.

It was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened.

This species is not often featured on TN

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Hello Ivan,
Perfect capture and nice composition.. great quality, sharpness and very good POV..
Best Regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-02 22:16]

Great sharpness capture this dragon fly, wonderful colored , lovely macro!

hello Ivan
very good presentation details and colours, explicit the difference of type,very fine macro photo

Hi Ivan,

Very impressive macro capture of the red-colored dragonfly! Wonderful sharpness, taken from a nice POV and great use of the shallow DOF, are managed very nicely. The colors are very natural and there exists a great contrast between the bright colored dragonfly and blurred BG. Great details and a nice note indeed. Great job!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

Very life-like image of this Darter I have seen for the first time, Ivan.
I like the colours on its body and wings.
A very well captured image with your long lens.

Hello Ivan,
a great capture of the Yellow-winged Darter, excellent POV, DOF and composition, superb sharpness and fine details, perfect exposure with marvelòlous colour tones.
Best regards

Ciao Ivan, splendid macro with lovely dragonfly, well saturated colors, superb sharpness and perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan Dostum,

A superb macro capture of this rarely seen -on TN- red-yellow beauty from great POV with excellent neat details and delightfull composition.
TFS and cheers,


Beautifull macro shot, nice natural colors and light, sharp details, excellent pov and well blured BG,
TFS and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-03 2:26]

Hello Ivan,
excellent macro from you. Beautiful detail, perfect exposure and lighting, the flash levels are excellent. Great colours and DOF. I love the eyes of Dragonflies, such amazing colours and depth. Great shot.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
Great and clear macro shot of this pretty dragonfly.
TFS and regards,

hello Ivan,

An excellent capture of this Yellow-winged Darter with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & excellent details. Those massive eyes, wing veins/details are strikingly beautiful. Great POV & Very nicely done.

TFS & Regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-03 4:25]

Hi Ivan,i'm fascinating from the impressive sharpness of the wings,we can see perfectly this beautiful design! Great point of view and beautiful colors too also if the dragon was in the shadow.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Ivan. Nice compo. Low light but interesting colours management. Nice and well focused taken.


Hello Ivan
Whoooo ,super sharp photo with incredible details
Well done

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-03 5:50]

Hello Ivan,
My Yellow-winged Darter I've taken 19-08 and you yours two days before. I've posted next day and you just give ID. Good sharpness, natural colours, nice composition.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-09-03 5:55]

Hi Ivan

Greetings from Vancouver

A very skillful shot here - excellent detail pose and use of light.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-03 6:16]

Beautiful viewpoint and bit of habitat captured with fine colors and depth. tfs.

Hello Ivan, great close up shot of this male yellow-winged darter with superb details and composition.
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)
  • [2009-09-03 9:06]

Hello Ivan,
This is again high quality! What a great and beautiful photo. The sharpness and details are amazing. Fantastic natural and well saturated colours. POV, composition, DOF and OOF BG are very good.

Hello Ivan!
You are right, this Sympetrum species is not common in TN gallery. I like composition and natural light. Details and DOF are very good (we can see characteristic red pterostigma on its wings very easy).
Best greetings from Lodz,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-03 9:42]

Hi Ivan. I seemed to have missed so much of what little summer we have had because of one thing and another. But i am still able to see beautiful Dragonflies and other insect thanks to TN. This is one of the beauties.
I like the side view so we get to see the whole body and open wings. Showing where it gets it name Yellow-winged Darter from. Taken with good detail and bright colours. well done TFS.

Hi Ivan,

an nice picture from this Dragonfly.
They are populair today.
Good pov and sharpness and as usuall fine colours.


ciao Ivan!
excellent capture of this Sympetrum flaveolum , a species that I have not photographed ... rich detail and excellent chromatism .. useful note to...

ciao sERGIO

Hello Ivan
excellent image of this Yellow-winged Darter nice pose on this leaves with beautiful wings position
superb details and very natural colors
great composition
Have a good night

hello Ivan

an excellent macro photo of this insect with a fine POV,
superb focus great sharpness and details, i love to see
details of the blurred background (the leafs), TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-03 17:10]

Hi Ivan,

I wouldn't even attempt to pronounce the Swedish name! Fascinating to see the yellow on the wing of this Yellow-blotched Darter. An excellent shot with the darter in a fine position to show off his face, body and wonderful wings. The background is just perfect.


Hello Ivan,

Impressive level of detail, very good quality color, excellent composition and competition's background. Congratulations!



Hej Ivan
this beautiful trollslända occurs in Turkiye. but I have not see it upto now. maybe I had seen it, but I may be confuse it to other red dragons. you greatly captured it and presented good informative notes. all photographic features great. comment unnecassary. tack for sharing.
god natt vän
sorry for mixed language. I try to learn several word from Swedish. I hope that true

Buen enfoque: se ven con nitidez pequeños detalles difíciles de captar por los colores, formas y texturas de este insecto.
Un abrazo Ivan: J. Ignasi.

hello Ivan
i like this picture
great details you can see good why he has this name
super sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-05 2:38]

Hi Ivan,
excellent sharpness. The pose by darters are always exciting and special. This one is so well taken with clarity and great diagonal composition.
The wings are really terrific.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-06 3:47]

Hello Ivan,

I like the position of this sempetrum! the light is very natural and the details very sharp.


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