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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D + Grip BG-E3, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro, Sandisk Ext III 4gb, 62 mm Skylight Filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-12 1:06
Viewed: 3382
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one Darter that I am not sure of, is it a Ruddy or Common, as it is a species that I have not seen before (as old as I am). I'm favoured towards the Common but know that somewhere out there in TN land some one will know.
I saw it only once when it perched on top of the plantain head, near the river. Both are common locally in S England.

Image has just been cropped, and a high pass filter applied (2.8) and a frame added. The colour of the background is a muddy track.
Thanks for viewing.

Miss_Piggy, hansh, anel, PaulH, siggi, Dis. Ac. has marked this note useful
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Hallo William
The clarity of this Darter's wings are not only beautifully seen but is a pleasure to look at for the fine way its is "stiched" together. The black lining alongside, and the veins inside the wings are lovely and very delicate. The angle in which you captured this Darter shows the wings to the ultimate best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-12 2:45]

Hi William,
Splendid composition with this Dragonfly, great sharpness and very fine details and colors, TFS!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-08-12 3:11]

Hello Wiliam.

I think this is a Ruddy darter (Sympetrum sanguineum). The legs are black, the Common- and Vagrant darter the legs are black with yellow stripes.
Rou picture looks very well, specially the structure in the wings are very good to see.
Thsnk you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-12 3:14]

hello Bill,
This is not a POV for easy identification, but I can just make out the pattern on the side of the thorax that suggests that this is a male Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum. That of Ruddy darter is plain brown and the legs are more black than these, that are streaked.
The sharpness is excellent where it matters due to good focusing and the BG nice and clean in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-12 3:29]

Hello William,
Beautiful photo in very nice warm colours. Good sharpness and taken from a special POV. The wings are superb. Great DOF and composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-12 4:51]

Hello William,
A special point of view to present this Sympetrum species. The picture has good sharpness and lovely subtle colors. The diagonal composition is also well chosen.
Kind regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-08-12 4:55]

Hi William,
your POV shows off the mighty wings of this Darter perfectly, the DOF concentrated just where it's needed. Well chosen POV to get the neutral background too - well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-12 13:19]

Hello William,
very nice capture,well composed, nice POV, good DOF,excellent details of the wings.
Best regards Siggi

Hello William,

a very good close up from this Darter.
I can't see witch specie this are.
Razor sharpness and fine colours.


Hi Bill,

It is not easy to say exact id from this POV, however i think Ivan is right! I am most impressed by the focus and your POV here.
TFS and have a nice sunday!


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