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"D" Fly

Photo Information
Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2, Dragonflies of the World, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-05 19:40
Viewed: 3516
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Roseate Skimmer-Immature male*
Orthemis ferruginea

*The immature male Roseate Skimmer is similar to the mature female sans the ovipositor(small triangular shaped appendages for laying eggs near the end of the abdomen)

Thanks to Kevin(undoredo) for the ID

Today this dragonfly followed me all around the yard. It would fly and hover above me, landing near-by when I would stop to take photos of the little frogs. The frogs are everywhere now. There must have been a massive emergence from a hidden pool of water under the birds nest plant. I assume they develop from tadpoles? So late in the season, maybe it is a harbinger of a coming mild winter.

Exposure Setting: Manual +/- 0.0
Lighting conditions: Partly Sunny
f/stop: 8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/800
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 672mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Normal/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: On/Fired +/- 0.0
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 728 x 650
Size: 170 KB
Location: Galveston, Texas
Date: October 5, 2007
Time: 12:52 PM

Slightly cropped, color enhanced, 100% Neat Imaage noise reduction/conservative sharpening and resized for posting

gracious, eqshannon, pierrefonds, haraprasan, angybone, nglen, Silke, undoredo has marked this note useful
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Hello Jim,
Exposure and focus is spot on!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and very details on this captured!
very well composed and well done
have a good weekend, Jim!

hi jim
good focus with a lot of details
great composition with nice colors

aleks ;-)

best regards

hello jim,
seems that this dragonfly was following you for a photoshoot :-), very nice shot, the total image is in sharp focus, well composed shot, nice pov,
tfs & regards

tres jolie présentation, des couleurs nettes,j' aime les ailes transparentes, beau travail
bien vu et merci

You have a unique and quite different view from your eye to mine. Only a couple others do it...something about the color which makes for an unusual blending of sorts...almost changing the pallet completely. Very nice still capture Jim.

Hi Jim,

A good POV of the insect, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


another wonderful crisp clear well done shot! Excellent work!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-06 11:28]

Hi Jim.A very colourful shot of the dragonfly. great detail in the head and eyes. the wings show all the markings so well. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-06 12:32]

Hi Jim,

A wonderful shot of this dragonfly and a beautiful picture. The colors are superb with the insect standing out so well. Fine details of the body, face, and wings. Excellent composition.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-06 14:40]

Those are lovely details, Jim --I am always stunned by the details in those delicate wings!
Great composition

I just love the sharp detail on the wings and the beautiful background. Wonderful shot!

Hi Jim,
A beautiful capture of this dragonfly. Razor sharp focus very good composition and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-07 11:26]

Hi Jim,
Splendid shot of this gorgeous looking dragonfly. Lovely colours and sharp details. Superb lighting and you have captured a fabulous pose here. I like the natural environment as BG. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Magnifiques détails et superbe composition.

Hello Jim,
This species is one of Orthemis spp. It could be Orthemis discolor (Orange-bellied Skimmer) or Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer). Personally, I think it is Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer), immature male.
( FYI, your other photo is named, Blue Dasher-male is actually Blue-form female. and another is named Meadowhawk ?...Skimmer ?...??? is Erythrodiplax berenice (Seaside Dragonlet) female. )
I hope it will help you a bit.
TFS and regards,

Hi Jim,
Another brilliantly captured dragon fly.You have really done well with the image sharpness bringing out fine detail.I also like the overall colouring its a great match, well done and TFS,

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