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Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennant
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): libellules demoiselle/dragonfly damselfly, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-26 16:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's post is a dragonfly called the Halloween Pennant. I saw this species for the first time just two days ago. I was amazed at this dragonfly's golden wings. They are beautiful and glow when the sun catches them from a certain angle.

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Size: Total length: 30-42 mm; abdomen: 20-30 mm; hindwing: 27-35 mm.

Distribution: Widespread throughout eastern U.S. and Canada

Identification: This is the largest, most widely distributed, and perhaps most colorful small pennant species in the region. Its common name is descriptive because of its distinctive orange and brown or black wings. The face is yellowish or olivaceous, becoming darker with age and red in males. The thorax is yellowish-green with a dark middorsal stripe and narrow lateral stripes on the sutures. The midlateral stripe is usually not continuous after the spiracle. This is the only species with completely yellowish-orange wings marked with broad dark brown or black stripes and a red pterostigma. The abdomen is slender with pale yellow dorsal spots on segments 3-7 that become red with age.

Similar Species: This is a very recognizable species. Banded Pennant (C. fasciata) has clear wings with black bands and Calico Pennant (C. elisa) is smaller with patterning on otherwise clear wings.

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, borrow pits and marshes with emergent vegetation.

Discussion: This species may be locally abundant. It forages from atop tall grasses, weeds and stems in open fields some distance from the water. It perches uniquely, with the fore- and hindwings in different planes. The forewings are held somewhat vertically and the hindwings horizontally. Most activity takes place in the early to midmorning hours. Females lay eggs similarly to other species, accompanied by males. Its fluttering flight has been compared to that of a butterfly.

Source: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/fieldguide/species.asp?TaxaID=209

Aperture = f8.0
Shutter = 1/160s
ISO = 100
Focal Length = 165mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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Stunning capture Ken. Good lighting and the posture looks really good.Best, Brat.

Hi Ken,
What a great beauty you are showing us today.
Wing details are most wonderful while sharpness and lighting are perfect.
The soft background color tones are very pleasing and the pose of the dragonfly is great.
Personally I would have changed composition a little with some more space on top and left hand side and a small crop of the right hand side and bottom, but nevertheless this is a real beauty and a great joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

A lovely capture Ken.
Excellent focus, colour and exposure.
Great detail in this nicely composed shot.
Very well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-26 17:04]

Hi Ken,

Superb macro of this dragonfly and a spectacular picture! All the elements are perfect - wonderful colors (the golden wings are beautiful) - razor sharpness - great pose - beautiful background and a wonderful composition.


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-07-26 17:14]

Hi Ken
very good capture and fantastic sharpness.
good POV and great DOF.
I liked the light of the image and the beautiful and nice colors
wel done.

Hi Ken
Outstanding image!
It's so good the sharpness and lighting here.
I like every single detail on the insect, the pattern on its wings and that metallic appearance on the body.
I must say I like most this composition than the proposed one on the workshop.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-26 19:51]

This is a nice shot Ken!
Very clean, sharp, very good details and beautiful colors.
Very interesting dragonfly also, probably first time on TN!
Regards, Mario

Hi Ken,
Fantastic close up so sharp showing so many details, very colorful well saturate, TFS.
Best regards/Lawhill

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-26 22:14]

Hi Ken, you have an amazing diversity of dragonflies down your way, and this is another beauty. Very nice capture on your part with excellent sharp clarity and colour. You have also very effectively used you depth of field to isolate this dragon and it's branch from its background. I was curious to see how this would look with a squarer format so prepared a workshop, but I see that Harry has done this, and it looks good, so I'll hold off on mine.

Thanks, John

A very different looking and beautiful Dragonfly, Ken! Beautifully captured.

very good photo

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-27 0:02]

salut Ken,
certainement une des meilleures images de ta galerie. Le côté graphique est génial, associé à un BG doux et coloré.
Superbe pov et netteté.


Hello Ken,
Absolutely beautiful in this dragonfly captured!
so much sharpess with perfect coloration and details!
thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-27 0:36]

Hi Ken,
Outstanding shot of this Halloween Pennant with superb lighting and sharp details. The wing patterns are exquisite and the neutral BG compliments it well. Excellent POV to capture this nice pose and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

hello ken,
what a lovely shot, i liked the pov and the composition very much, excellent pov resulting is sooth non distracting bg, lovely colour tones, sharp image with good details,
good lightitng & exposure,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Ken, very nice shot, well done, I like it

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-27 2:37]

Hello Ken,
Excellent close up.POV,simple BG,clear details,sharpness,lighting and composition are wonderful.

Great photo...Outstanding detail and exposure...Color, composition and BG are fantastic...Very well done...TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-27 5:04]

Hi Ken.
Wow.Amazing dragonfly and wonderful your capture.I really like his pose with great posture of wings.Excellent sharp details and beautiful colors and as usual superb BG with soft nuances of colors.Wonderful!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-27 5:06]

Hi Ken,
Amazing shot of this dragonfly! The details are razorsharp, the colors perfect and the composition excellent.
Very well done and TFS!

Very interesting angle/bend going on with that dragonfly. :) And look at the eye closely - it looks like he's wearing a pair of funky sunglasses or better yet, aviator goggles. ha ha
Wonderful shot and the various workshops are great.

Hi Ken,
a very nice picture with nice colours and lighting.
Nice to see you used low ISO, the sharpness are very good
and the details are fine.
Agree with Hrry about the compo but otherwise it's a very good close-up.
Well done.

bonjour ken
extraordinaire,la qualité d'image est irreprochable.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-27 10:21]

Hi ken. Yet again a very good close up of the Dragon fly. very good use of the light showing the wing at they best. very good detail and colours. with sharp focusing.very well done TFs. great notes too.

Hi Ken,
I am interested in and visited often your shots. Great collection of nice insects photos. This is also very very nice. High clarity, focus, sharpness. Composition and coloration great, especially BG color fantastic. TFS
well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-27 20:20]

Hello Ken

The pose is amazing.The focus is sharp as a tack.Wonderful details and lighting.The POV and DOF are excellent.The colour palette is beautiful.This is a HQ image.Superb job.TFS


There is definitely something good to be said about having the background like you have been getting Ken. Sure does enhance the details.Great focus on wings too.

Another lovely detailed shot the dof you got is just perfect great pose and lovely clean bkground I think you perfected your technique. tfs rgds Necip.

I have no idea what you put in your morning coffee.
What ever it is ... it must be working.
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING photography work.
Love the highly educative notes too.
Best regards,

Hi Ken, stunning shot!!! What can I say...? spot-on!!! beautiful dragonfly masterly captured.
Cheers, Luís.

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