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Blue Dasher-male

Blue Dasher-male
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2, 60-69 points (Chapter 3), Butterfly & Dragonfly, Dragonflies of the World, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-15 1:58
Viewed: 3616
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
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Blue Dasher Dragonfly-male
Pachydiplax longipennis

Blue Dasher Dragonfly Photos and IDs

I'm not kidding, "Pachydiplax longipennis" really is the scientific name for this dragonfly and not a "rude well-endowed elephant". Hurricane Humberto did little damage to the West End of Galveston Island, it being on the "clean side". Bolivar Penninsula caught the brunt of the storm. Friday turned out sunny and HOT but one could catch the subtle hints of Autumn in the air. I assume that people in the Southern Hemisphere are getting excited about the approaching Spring. A massive dragonfly hatch has occured and they can be seen hovering everywhere. A male Roseate Skimmer has returned to the citrus trees in the yard but it is very wary of my presence. I cannot describe the intensity of it's fantastic reddish-purple coloration. Even it's eyes are the magnificent color. My photos of it turned out too dark but maybe it will hang around for a while. This Blue Dasher was feeding along a grape vine covered fence-line near to where I live.

Exposure Setting: Manual
Lighting Conditions: Bright Sunlight
f/stop: 8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/640
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 420mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Macro/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Off
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 800 x 594
File Size: 161 KB
Date: September 14, 2007
Time: 3:55 PM

Cropped, sharpened, Neat Image noise reduction and resized for posting

cataclysta, Debz, fartash, Silke, ellis49, uleko, jaycee, nglen, eqshannon, haraprasan, pierrefonds, angybone, PaulH, marhowie, go2stones, jlynx, SelenE, Luis52 has marked this note useful
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bonjour jim
une belle image,coloré nette et avec une bon POV.
le BG est suffisamment brouillé et exempt de bruit.
cette libellule est vraiment tres jolie.

Hello Jim superb colours gorgeous detail with fine control of DOF very good quality tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Jim
Very nice dragonfly shot. Good OOF buckground, nice compositon and great sharpness. Nothing more to say Very good job
Best wishes

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-09-15 3:16]

Hi Jim, stunning shot of the dragonfly. Great pov with good light and vivid colours throughout. All nice and sharp. Magnificent.

Hello Jim
Very intersting shot of this Blue Dasher ,
Great focusing,DOF and sharpness,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-15 5:27]

Hi Jim,
Just marking it and will come back with a proper critique later. Clearing my huge backlog first, ha ha ha.

Hi Jim,
nice pic for being in the right palce at the right time.
superb DOF and sharpness. i liked the saturation and color hues.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-15 5:49]

Clean clear details and fine colours in a composition that works well

Hi Jim,
a fine and well composed picture with good sharpness and fine details.
Lovely colours, especially the eyes, they shimmering in beautiful tone, it's pity there always will be some reflections.
The dragonfly standout nicely from the nice BG.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-15 7:18]

Hello Jim,
What a great capture of this splendid colourful dragonfly that I'm not familiar with. I love its pose and you've focussed so well on the eyes and details are very sharp. I like its pose and it shows up very nicely against the soft green background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-15 7:47]

Hello Jim,
Great POV in this capture of this beautiful and impossibly named dragonfly and you caught this with a fantastic sharpness and lighting as well as with a pleasing natural OOF BG.
Nice one!
TFS and have a great weekend,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-15 9:03]

Hi Jim,

Marvelous shot of this Blue Dasher. I love the strong colors. Excellent details - the face, wings and body are just amazing. Wonderful composition.


Hi Jim, wonderful dragonfly with splendid colors, lovely details and wxcellent sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

You truly have bumped your work up a couple notches in the last few pics Jim. I am not kidding here. I watch you grow in some ways. Not sure if you learned all of this on TN or elsewhere, but you are getting so good and it is showing very much. Great!

Hi Jim,
A lovely capture of this Dasher. Razor sharp Focus with a very nice POV and Composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-16 1:53]

Jim, This is a nice shot and excellent closeup and macro. The POV and the composition too good. Ganesh

Hi Jim
Yes spring is in the air here in Oz and the dragons have started appearing.
This is a great shot of the blue dasher. Excellent sharpness and DOF; great POV too.


Hi Jim,

A nice macro image of the blue dasher dragonfly, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


So you're back to dragonflies. :)
Wonderful shot - great clarity and sharpness. Beautiful!!!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-16 11:08]

Hi Jim. great close up . the eyes look like they are going to pop out.good detail with rich colours.the wings show up very well. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFs. good notes too.

salut jim
superb macro with much of details, beautiful colors and clearness of this specimen well done

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-17 1:24]

Hi Jim,
excellent detail and composition, love the colour of the background here and general lighting.

Hi Jim,
Excellent POV, DOF, color, sharpness, exposure, and details..
This one really "pops" out from the OOF BG too :)
Well composed,
Very well done.

Really great bright combinations of colors on this one. And an interesting old perch as well. Dragonflies know how to pick them. Excellent image.


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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2007-09-17 5:28]

Helloo Jim,
I tried to photograph red the dragon-fly that vainly. High wind caused that at existing circumstances of lighting of photo, had gone out agitated touched. Here however all in the due order. Beautifully coloured dragon-fly tempts with great eyes. You will admit that the nature is splendid! The beautiful picture, very good quality, excellent colours.
Best regards from Poznan,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-17 8:58]

Hi Jim,
Focus, sharpness, light, colors and composition are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

The colors in your dragonfly are wonderful. Sharpness is outstanding.

Evelynn : )

Hello Jim,
This is not an easy shot to achieve! I never could catch a decent picture of a Dragonfly and this one is superb! I love those bright colors a lot, great details, POV and composition. This is a very nice specie with nice brilliance! Beautiful!

Hi jim
amazing scene you captured
good colours well focused and very good moment

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-18 15:41]

Hola Jim. Bella la foto. Exelente iluminacion y colores muy naturales. Fina Pose. Me agradan sus grandes ojos. Saludos Luis52.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-09-20 15:24]

MMM perfect shot,very very nice,best wishes,Luciano

Gran profundidad y excelente encuadre. Preciosa.

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