Close-up of Ruby Meadowhawk
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I took this shot of a dragonfly in front of our house in Mystic, Connecticut, in early September. I found it perched on a leaf on one of our bushes. It is difficult to know for sure, but the species is probably a Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum). Although, it’s possible that it might be a Cherry-faced Meadowhawk, or even a White-faced Meadowhawk – the differences among them are very subtle. Since females of those species are beige, instead of red, this dragonfly is probably a female. Of course, it could also be a juvenile male, because they are beige also.|
I took the photo with ISO set to 100, and shutter speed set to 1/160. My DOF was quite shallow due to the f/4 I used. In PP, I sharpened (in PS Elements), reduced the noise (using Neat Image), and cropped it as close as I dared, because I wanted to display the features of the Meadowhawk’s head, thorax and legs.
I found two URLs, which provide information on the spectacular eyes of dragonflies:
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