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Male Common Percher

Male Common Percher
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Sigma 72mm MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-15 23:33
Viewed: 4820
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Percher
Length 35mm

Common Percher are also known as Red Percher and Wandering Percher. The male dragonfly has the red eyes, red face, red thorax and red abdoman, with red mark on the wing tips.

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To pauljk: Difuserchiliu 1 02-17 16:28
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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-02-15 23:36]

Great pose Chi!
This one looks like the ultimate gymnast!
Colorful and pretty too!

I like the shot Chi,
the pose you made is very nice, well composed, good quality,the dof is very good, I think the pov can be done some better, but thats personal. very good job Chi.
gr. jaap

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-16 1:07]

Hi Chi,
Wonderful close up! I liked colors and pose very much...TFS:)

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-02-16 1:37]

Great work, Chi Liu! Excelent sharpness, colours and amazing pose! Cheers!

Interesting pose -- different. The details of the body are razor sharp. At first I was disappointed that the wings were not in focus, but as I looked at it longer I decided I like them that way, like a swirl of gossamer around her.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-16 2:15]

Hi Chiliu.
Wonderful composition, magnific colors and details,very nice close up.

Perfect pic and great pose!
Very nice close up.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-16 2:36]
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Hello Chi,
A very nice capture.
Very colourful specimen with sharp detail and a great hot weather cooling pose.
This isnt a Common Darter,I doubt you have those in Australia.A common darter has yellow leg markings and doesnt have a waisted abdomen like this one has
It is more likely to be a Common percher.
Anyway,a great shot whatever the species is!


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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-16 2:37]

Very nice dragonfly with interesting pose. Perfect composition, details and colors.

Acrobatic guy, this one! Superb sharpness and clarity, Chi.
Sorry, looks like I'm out of smileys this morning!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-16 3:06]

Very good photo of an Odonata!
Very strange position is it.
Excellent on details!
Very good POV and DOF!
Good BG too!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-16 3:38]

Looks just like an acrobat Chi. Lovely colours and sharpness. A good job, TFS

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-02-16 5:16]

Hi Chi, another great composition with great colour, DOF, super sharp focus and a great pose. TFS.

Hello Chi,
Excellent macro and details. I love colours and dragonfly pose

Great shot Chi, love the pose. Superb details as usual. Haven't seen this species around Sydney before, I think its unusual.

Hi Chi,
Flawless composition and framing on this shot. Spot on exposure with the great colors. Detail is very sharp with a well controled DOF.
Great pose by the Red Dragon1

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-16 7:11]

Excellente prise Chi!

Les détails sont très bon et le Bg fait bien ressortir les couleurs de l'insecte.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


Excellent capture Chi,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hi, Chi.
Wonderful dragonfly shot! Pose is excellent as well as quality. Nice composition.

Hmm. Your usual pro quality. Strange and funny position it has. Lovely red colour.

Regards, Petru

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-16 11:14]

Hello Chi,
Very well composed,perfect details and sharpness and lighting are excellent.Well done

An exceptional shot! Nice and sharp and beautiful colours, a lovely capture, well done!


Hi Chi!
Wonderfull macro! Excellent colors, composition, details and light. Great work!
TFS ;-)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-16 14:20]

Hello Chi ,Beautiful macro photo ,very nice pose ,good colours and pov ,thanks i like it
greeting Teunie .

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-16 15:01]
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Hi Chi
Is this percher an acrobat in full display or do it double up for a radio antenna?
Excellent details on this macro. Good composition, DOF, BG, and colours.
A job well done. TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-02-16 17:42]

Hola Chi Liu. Esta es verdaderamente una exelente foto, tinen muy buen acercamiento y el nivel de iluminacion es optimo, Felicidades !Lo lograste!.Luis52

Hi Chi,

Great pose and excellant capture, great DOF and colours. Love to be able to find this sort of shot myself.


Fantastic shot of this red dragonfly, Chi!

I never knew that they came, color co-ordinated like this.

Great capture, wonderful composition, details, colors, BG, exposure.

Thank you!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-16 21:49]

Hi Chi Liu,
That is quite a pose that you captured. Great composition with sharp details and perfect light. A very athletic dragonfly indeed. TFS. : )

Hello Chi,
this is brilliant shot about the Common percher. Excellent sharpness, fantastic colours/lighting and POV. This is a perfect composition. I like it very much. Thank you.

Hi Chi,
Great light, colour and technical detail (exposure and sharpness. Just a hint of lowout on the head, but it more a spectral highlight than anything else...don't know how you could handle that anyhow in the light shot other than wait for a cloud to cover the sun or use a difuser.

Hi Chi,
Perfeita!! Gosto muito das cores e da composição! Os olhos estão muito bons! Ótima foto, muito bem registrada por você!! Parabéns

Francisco Sales

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-18 14:49]

Hello Chi,
a beautiful little gymnast you captured, very nice POV and DOF. Good sharpness and excellent composition.

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  • Norok Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 2 N: 7] (191)
  • [2006-02-19 4:57]

Excellent capture of this wonderful image,
great composition with nice colors.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-02-25 16:51]

Hi Chi,

Very nice capture.


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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-02-28 7:21]

Hi Chi,
Like a ballerina! fantastic shot razorsharp detail & great colours, dof & pov are superb.
Nice work!


He is actually not attempting a gym class, neither standing so for the fun of it.
He is actually pointing its all body to the sun. It is a clever way to fight the heat by decreasing its body surface in direct contact with the sun.
On this pic, looking at one "knee" and its shadow, or one wing and its shadow, indicates pretty well where the sun is. And it is pretty much the direction pointed by the abdomen.
I'm glad you didn't use a diffusor (as suggested in a previous critic) because the dragonfly would have looked stupid, pointing to the sun while there is no sun.

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