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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): In Tandem With My Muses: Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-10 8:05
Viewed: 4303
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, today was a lucky day for me here in Riyadh.
Three dragonflies came visiting this morning -- one female and two males.
I had stowed away my camera a few weeks back. With the day temprature hovering around 40 degrees plus in the shade these days, life comes to a standstill here in the desert. Even the hoverflies that had frisked around for about a month in the little patch of our greenery had disappeared.
The moment my gang of helpful kids informed me of the presence of two dragonflies in our compound, I hastily pulled out my gear and rushed to my neighbour's window. By now, he is quite used to my unannounced appearances in his drawing room:-).
I wasn't happy about shooting the two dragonflies perched on a cable outside the window -- a male and a female. Still I shot away frantically until a smaller kid said he had seen another one perched on a plant in the garden.
I rushed to the spot to find a purplish red dragonfly perched primly of top of a twig. When I started shooting at close range, it took off a few times but returned to the same spot again. I knew then that I had a friendly dragon at my disposal. I shot like mad from every angle and the insect behaved like a professional model, changing stance frequently.

Here is the first picture of it.

I have not been able to ascertain its ID, so any help would be highly appreciated. It could be a male Trithemis aurora, though I am not sure yet.

Exif Data:
Nikon D200
2007/05/10 13:14:31.5
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 105mm F/2.8 D
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/250 sec - F/7.1
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 160
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: Built-in TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode I (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

Debz, Jamesp, fartash, iris, uleko, jcoowanitwong, GLEM, horia, jhm, ridvan, Argus, Hil, glazzaro, loot, scottevers7, delic, Silvio2006, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-10 8:18]

Hello Ram, this is a lovely and delicate shot of this Dragon fly. Great focus and I very much like the POV. You have good light bring out wonderful colours, nice and sharp. A beautiful closeup.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-10 8:20]

Hi Ram

Another beautiful dragonfly - with wonderful colours. The light on the eyes works very well. I also like the background - it focuses attention on the dragonfly.


Hello Sir,
It's a lovely picture. Good sharpness on the head.Good colours and composition.
TFS, Smitha.

Hi Ram
Very good sharpness,colours and details
Well done

Hello Ram
Today we're neighbor,Nice
Great shot of this Red Dragonfly,
Perfect focusing on head and using
fillflash, Welldone.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-10 9:57]

Brilliant colour, this one is quite a new sight to me.....and lucky day indeed for you...
I love those eyes.
TFS & Cheers

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-10 10:32]

Hello Ram,
I'm so glad you experienced some "wildlife" today. The heat must be very tough there now.I'm amazed that you get dragonflies in that dry climate.
I think this may be the same species as I captured in Singapore, Libellulidae Trithemis aurora. Perhaps you can check it a bit more on the net.
Anyway, this is a great capture of this beauty in a nice pose with sharp focus on the head and in nice colours which look great against the brown background. Well done!
Many thanks and I look forward to the next shot! Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-10 11:04]

Hi Ram,

I loved your notes. It's good to have those young spotters! The colors of this dragonfly are beautiful - and the face is wonderful. The details on the transparent wings are shown off very well. You caught him in a good position.


Hello Ram,
Interesting colors, never see one before. Nice pose from this multi-colored dragonfly. Sharply focused on the head and beautiful composition. Perfect blurred background.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-10 11:38]

salut Ram,

ohoh la couleur est vraiment suprenante et tout à fait agréable. Magnifique prise de vue, netteté parfaite.


Hi Ram,

Fantastic image of a beautiful subject. Perfect composition, focus, DOF and BG. Well done.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-10 12:31]

Hi Ram

Another superb shot and composition from you and a lovely dragonfly :)
This really is a very beautiful subject and its colors shine nicely from your picture.
I love the details here - especially on the head and big eyes of your subject - and the very correct exposure here.
The POV is also great and it gave you plenty of clearance for the BG. The DOF is a little shallow for my taste in photos shot from this angle, but it does well to focus all the attention on the head.
Overall: a very good work! Looking forward to some other beautiful posts :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-10 12:51]

Hello Ram, this is a very good picture, explendid image of this great dragonfly, the collors and details are fantastic, indeed a very good capture, well done my friend..

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-10 14:12]

Hello Ram,

A nice focus on the head of the dragonfly, the pink colours gives a nice view and very attractive looking too.

Best regards,

It is a very lovely composition for this strong picture, with great saturated colours and a beautiful BG. The details on the head are very nice.
Thanks Ram, and best regards.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-10 15:04]

selam ram; excellent macro shot of this dragonfly,amazing and good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-10 15:53]

Hello Ram,
Fine capture of a fortunate encounter!
All the technical prerequisites for a good macro are fulfilled in this dragonfly shot, Ram, the focusing being centred on the head, so that the OOF body and wing tips look less important. The BG is very pleasing.
The ID seems correct.
Very nice post!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hello Ram
What a beautiful photo, I love the colors that has this dragonfly. The composition, with the zone of the head in focus and the rest of the body defocusing progressively in addition to the beautiful BG, is really estupenods. Congratulations!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-10 18:42]

Hi Ram,

Superb shot of the Dragonfly, I really like the pose you have captured and the composition is excellent, very good details and lovely colour tones with a great blurred BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

I have to say I have not seen a dragonfly of this color before, what a lucky capture. Can't help with the ID, I will look around to see if I can find something.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-05-10 23:37]
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Hi Ram

Wow, what interesting colour reflections and display you have captured on this specimen. I am sure it must have been a very welcome visitor.

I like the composition with the wings running through the diagonal and the body lying on the opposing axis. The colours and details are great, but it is a real pity that you could not push for a little more DOF (±f/11) in order to get those lovely wings within the focus range. Obviously available light must have played a role, but while using the fill-in flash one sometimes can be much bolder and push the ETTL abilities of the camera/flash.

Just one question though. What has you neighbour got around his house that all the insects and birds tends to flock around there? Maybe you should have a motivational chat with the chap and encourage a swap of residence (chuckle).

Well done and TFS.

Hi Ram,
A nice job with the fill flash exposure. Amazing colors in this dragon! Well composed and isolated on the twig. Nice sharp detail in the head area. A beauty!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-11 3:57]

This is an interesting shot and the focus is spot on. The POV and the color is very good. TFS Ganesh

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-11 17:59]
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Hello Ram,
Another superb macro job from you. Focus is spot-on. Colors, sharpness and detail are to-notch.
Best wishes,

Wow Ram, aliens are coming on earth, amazing macro with wonderful details and splendid colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-05-13 4:52]
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What a lovely colourful shot Ram,so you enjoying D200!!
Good Focus and DOF !!TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-14 10:54]
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Hi, Ram, again.
Pictured scene is simply amazing: arrangement of pictured objects and wonderful colour palette. Only one point disturbs me it is some softness of the dragonfly image. Now I usually use ISO 400. It allows me to apply small aperture value and larger DOF. Up to f/16 BG as a rule is well blurred. I like this shot so much and my best wishes.

This is such a nice specie Ram! It is pink and has great eyes! It looks like a ballerina! :) This is a very good capture with excellent details and a wonderful pose from your charming model. Well done and thanks!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-28 8:08]

Hi Ram,
a sharp and amazingly coloured shot.
Very good composition and DOF.
Well done,

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