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Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-10 19:49
Viewed: 1491
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While vacationing at Chautauqua Lake this summer I took this photo of an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly with its prey. I watched the dragonfly quickly take off from its perch and return with a housefly in its mouth.

I was amazed at the accuracy it possessed as it appeared to pluck the fly right out of the air. I watched it for quite some time until it completely devoured the fly.

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Hi Ron
good one. I always found it difficult to get a sharp image of dragonfly due the chaotic motion of its wings. the right shutter speed makes a difference. Sharp one. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-11 2:31]

Hello Ron,
Excellent sharp detailed picture of this dragonfly in beautiful natural colors. Taken from an attractive POV.

Hello Ron,
Well captured this Dragonfly against perfect BG. Sharp and well detailed; clearly visible housefly. Well exposure too.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards and have a nice WE,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-11 12:24]

Hi Ron,fantastic capture of this lovely dragonfly,its colors are amazing! The top quality of sharpenss and exposure,2 points are not enough..hehe...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Delightful image of this colorful dragonfly having a meal of a fly, Ron.
Pin sharp focus and amazing DOF.
I have seen and captured a dragonfly eating another one of a different species.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2016-11-12 10:23]

Hi Ron

It is realy very impressive shot of dragonfly at the right moment of cathing a house fly,very nice comosition, very nice blurring BG, great DOF, very good sharpness and clerity.



Hello Ron – Very goog picture of this Erythemis simplicicollis . Excellent, view showing us all the details of the body. Colours from the dragonfly properly caught.

Technical achievement

• Acceptable focus on the body
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso for the dragonfly
• Perfect depth of field and acceptable sharpness
• Good contrast
• Photography a little bit blurred due to the point of view and, probably, also to the re cropping
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background blur giving us a proper perception of the dragonfly.


• Interesting picture showing the body and the posture of the dragonfly during his meal; good capture.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject in the center inside the frame
• Good capture of the movement of the wings.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


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