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Eastern Pondhawk-female

Eastern Pondhawk-female
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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: 2007-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2, 50-59 points Chapter 7, Dragonflies of the World, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 8:16
Viewed: 3909
Points: 54
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Eastern/Common Pondhawk-female
Erythemis simplicicollis

Eastern/Common Pondhawk-male

Info on the Eastern Pondhawk

I was going to post a Giant Swallowtail but it is almost identical to angybone's except her's is better. So I posted this photo of a female Eastern Pondhawk instead. Taken along a bayou in Texas City where I sat watching many different species mating, fighting, depositing eggs and hovering/flying low over the water.

Exposure Setting: Manual
Lighting Conditions: Sunny/Mid-Day
f/stop: 4.8
Shutter Speed: 1/640
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 672mm[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 601
Size: 95.7 KB
Date: September 21, 2007
Time: 1:42 PM

Brightness adjusted, Neat Image noise reduction and resized for posting

One can distinguish the adult female from the immature male by the ovipositor located near the end of the abdomen on the female. The adult male is solid powder blue except for the eyes and face which remain bright green.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-22 8:28]

Hello Jim,
Excellent capture of this bright green dragonfly from a nice POV. It stands out very nicely from the soft background and I like the composition. The reed is a bit bright but no real problem.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-09-22 8:59]

hi Jim
superbe macro de cette libellule verte, la couleur est vive et bien saturée. Belle lumère, même si la branche est OE.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-22 9:02]

Hi Jim This is a bright one. fantastic green in colour. you have captured good detail with your sharp focusing. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.
Have a good weekend.

Hello Jim
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing,Bg and lighting,Superb shot.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-22 9:26]

Hello Jim,
dragonflies - and also the specimen shown - prefer bright and exposed resting sites. But you managed the light very well here. Composition and colours are beautiful as are the impressive eyes.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Jim,
a very beautiful green dragonfly.
The straw is maybe a bit right but the DF is well exposed.
Good sharpness and fine details. The colours are lovely.
Well done.

Hi Jim,

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


Hi Jim,
it's a wonderful dragon - wow - those colours are amazing! Excellent work, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Jim,

This is absolutely superb!
The sharpness, details and colours are just so good!
I like the composition and the POV!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Jim, wonderful dragonfly with great details and excellent sharpness, good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Nice Jim. I like the colors...I am a color-head:-) That's like lime green...wait... lime daiquiri...hmmm...I'll be back later...mowing grass indeed.
Fine Picture Sir!

Great image of this dragonfly where they all love to be: in the bright sun clinging to a slender perch. Good focus and DOF. Well done.


Hello Jim,
Very sharp and colorful capture of D.fly.
Wel composed

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-22 15:51]

Hi Jim.

Excellent capture of this bright green dragonfly. Colors are wonderful and details are super. Wonderful composition on the diagonal reed and a good background.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-23 0:30]

Hi Jim,
Another one of your beautiful dragonflies. I like the green colour and the pose you have captured it in. Great lighting and sharp focus to bring out the details perfectly. The BG looks superb in highlighting the subjects. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Jim,
Great DOF, sharpness, and exposure, I like the POV.
Clean smooth BG, nice color.
A sixth generation Texan I see. Your families history here in the lone star state would be interesting to know.
Well done!

Excellent...well, everything I suppose - great focus, pov, dof, and all that other great stuff. Wonderful details! Great color!!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-23 7:09]

Delightful colours and details, outstanding composition and fine note

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-23 8:54]

Jim, Very nice shot and lovely colors.The shot is wonderful and excellent. The focus is pretty sharp and clear. ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-23 9:40]

Hello Jim,
Striking capture of a green female dragonfly. the Eastern Pondhawk. Every aspect is great: the lighting, exposure, shapness, composition and bokeh.
Nice shot!

Superbes détails , belles couleurs avec le Bg qui met le tout en valeur .

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-23 23:10]

Hi Jim,
I liked the colors, details , focus, sharpness, POV and composition.TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Jim,
A beautiful green dragonfly. Very nicely captured with excellent details all over with a nice composition and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Excellent portrait of the insect. Good sharpness. I like that intense look.
Best wishes,

Hi Jim,
Splendid specimen of dragonfly, you show it with great details and colors, good DOF also
very welle done

Hi Jim
Perfect shot of dragonfly. Great sharpness and DOF. Very good homogenous buckground. Good contrast. Nice natural colors.
I like it very much
Best wishes

Hi Jim!
Great capture of Gomphidae dragonfly. Lovely colours and sharpness. Also DOF and profile POV allow to see this beautiful species in all details.
TFS and have a nice evening!

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