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Widow Skimmer (Female)

Widow Skimmer (Female)
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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: 2011-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-22 18:40
Viewed: 2511
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spotted this pretty little female Widow Skimmer perched on some grasses while visiting a park in Tulsa. The males are very similar in appearance, except they have broad white bands running across the middle of each of it's wings.

They are considered a percher, because of their habit of perching obliquely on plant stems. Males can be extremely teritorial while near water, and the most dominant males usually win the favor of the females.

They are found near ponds, streams and slow moving water, although at times they are spotted well away from a water source.

I used my Canon 200MM f/2.8 telephoto lens & tripod.

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Hello Ron!
Lovely pic showing this beautiful butterfly! Nice sharpness and natural colors.The composition is also very elegant! Bravo! TFS
Best wishes from,

PS:thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hi Ron,
What gorgeous skimmer. Great job in getting perfect focus through the grass. Great orange colors on her and those patch wings are awesome. What a wonderful species.

Hello Ron,
Once again a lovely image of a very interesting insect.
Excellent colors, great sharp details and perfect focus.
I tried many times to take a good shot to this lovely insect near a little river but without success.
This insects are very shy and fly away quickly.

Excellent photo, nice lighting and background and good details. Interesting dragonfly. regards yiannis

Good shot Ron...a classical composition and fine simplicity! If I may ask, how do you compare the 70-200mm f/2.8L lens at f/2.8 -200 to the fixed Canon 200mm f/2.8L lens?
George Veltchev

Bonjour Ron,
Excellente photo,
Cette libellule prend la teinte de son environnement mais s'en détache par un très bon éclairage.
PS : je vous inclus dans mes photographes favoris

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-23 3:09]

Lovely dragonfly, fine composition and soft lighting. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-23 7:53]

Hello Ron,
Very beautiful photo of this Skimmer in great sharpness, details and beautiful contrasting colours. Excellent composition.

Hi Ron, fabulous macro image of this Widow Skimmer here Ron, superb sharpness with good details, excellent exposure/white balance that compliments these lovely colours, great job here my friend and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-23 9:44]

Hi Ron,magnificent specie and excellent capture,the best way to see the beautiful design of the wings,great sharpness and natural colors,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-08-23 9:56]

Hola Ron.
You did a great job here My friend with this lens. The image is very sharp, and it has a great light and colors.
TFS Ron.
A Widow skimmer eh? We have an other name here.

Impressive and interesting dragonfly Ron! Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colors and good sharpness

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-23 14:59]

Hello Ron,
beautiful image of this wonderful and interesting dragonfly! excellent light, detail, composition and BG.
Really well done!!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Ron,
We have similar specis here, ant OI know how difficult is shot this again a brigh green BG as it. Well done!... Congratulatios, very goos macro for this nice Dragonfly.

Hi Ron,

Very nice dragonfly captured with fine details in the greeny BG.
The wing pattern is amazing. Well done & TFS.

very nice your picture, wonderful and interesting subject, very well captured, congrats Ron !

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Ron, this is a beautiful shot of this dragonfly. It has great sharpness and detail. Bill

If you have time, check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

Nice spot, I'm just amazed of your patience and luv for these creatures/insects. Your equipment/investment 5D Mk II and 200mm 2.8 makes it all worth while, but then again YOu have a great Eye. Tks for the comments on my photos. Have a great weekend. (I'm in NYC for a month)

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