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Ruddy Darter (male)

Ruddy Darter (male)
Photo Information
Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/8, 1/480 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-22 14:31
Viewed: 3907
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ha ha!My first Dragonfly shot,I was determined to get one before the summer ended.
This was taken early this afternoon at Cannon Hall country park at the edge of one of the ponds there.
The Ruddy Darter ( Sympetrum sanguineum) prefers to use the same perch on which it waits for prey.If it is disturbed it will soon return to the same place,making this one of the easiest Dragonflies to capture.
Its a small bright crimson Dragonfly (female is ochre)with a bouncing flight.
It is similar to the common darter in appearance but the male Ruddy Darter has a waisted abdomen and both sexes have completely black legs.
The females lay groups of eggs in sticky jelly over submerged waterside plants or damp mud,in tandem with the male.
The larvae live among plant roots and develop within a year.They emerge as adults between late June and September.
Photo cropped and sharpned USM 40%

carper, japie, PDP, mogens-j, gerhardt, nwoehnl, milloup, Robbrown, RAP, Callie, Jax, Oldtree, Luc, phlr has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-22 14:46]
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Andy, it's a cracking first shot! And do you know what? I think this is more imformative than you think, I reckon this is a Sympetrum depressiusculum - almost identical to the Ruddy Darter but it has dorso-ventrally compressed abdomen as yours appears to have. And these guys are much rarer than the Sympetrum sanguineum (Icould be wrong but that's my hunch). Excellent DOF and colour. Very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-22 14:46]
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Congratulations on your first Dragonfly and you did an excellent job of it too. Excellent DOF and detail. The background ads to the impact of the shot. Well captured.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-22 14:48]
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congratulate Andy, very nice one.
I was today also chasing with succes on dragonflies. I think I had made 100 shots of them. I don't used my extra raynox lens, because that gife problems. The dragonflies are to big for it. Yes you can make some shots with it from the head or other details of it. No best way you set the camera on super macro. I set the camera on P auto. You put the lcd on and then I try to come with my camera, so close as posible. When I going closer I start shooting, and the you must have also good luck too. Okay thats my story.
Your photo Very good first one, and believe me when you get the kick of those beauties, you go back for it. Very good note too, very good job Andy

Congratulations with this very nice first dragon fly Andy. He looks really good on the pale background. Very good sharpness and the colours are just spot on. The composition is very good too with the diagonal lines. Well done.

WOW! Great capture. You should be extatic. This is a great combo, fine detail and lovely colours. I love the red vs. earthy background. Congrats on such a nice shot. Thanx.

Excellent result for a first dragonfly shot, Andy, congratulations. The detail of the delicate wing texture is well rendered, and the positioning of the body on the wood makes for an interesting diagonal composition. Nice work.

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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-08-22 16:59]
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Congratulations on your first dragonfly, may there be many more to come ;-)
Sharp capture with very good DOF (both wings inside the range). Good colours, nice diagonal.

Spot on Andy nailed it 1st time, I am fairlly sure its a ruddy darter Sympetrum depressiusculum has slightly more black in the tail markings and side spots seem to be all along the side.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-23 8:50]
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Primero y excelente Andy.
Gran captura, muy bueno colorido, atinada perspectiva y encuadre y detalles muy marcados.
Bien hecho.

First and excellent Andy.
Great capture, very good colorful, accurate perspective and frame and details very marked.
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-23 13:41]
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Congrats on nailing your 1st dragon, Andy, and a nice red one too, well positioned and exposed in the frame.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-08-24 13:54]
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And well captured it was too - great first shot Andy good composition, colours and dof. Now you've just got to go and take some more!

Very good photo, Andy.

Good think with this dragonfly is, that comes back to the same spot quickly and isn't that often in the air flying. So good changes for a good photo.

Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-15 17:17]

Andy, this was a very nice debut.

Excellent sharpness and pov. Besides, vivid shades of red.

A great job.

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-12 11:48]

Very good pciture!
Lovely red odonata!
Also common in my country, Portugal

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