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Vagrant Emperor

Vagrant Emperor
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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: 2007-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-13 4:52
Viewed: 4223
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly
Hemianax ephippiger

Vagrant Emperor is a large sized dragonfly (measuring nearly 3 inches in this particular case) and belongs to the family Aeshnidae, commonly known as Hawker Dragonflies.

This male of the species was so big I had to draw back considerably to get the entire insect within the frame. Getting close with the minimum distance permissible by 105mm macro gave me very sharp images of its head and thorax and part of the wings.
Here is one of those close-up shots.

About this dragonfly, there is one confirmed Irish record in Dublin in 1913. The dragonfly is basically of a dispersive species that occasionally reaches northern Europe from resident populations around the Mediterranean.
That this is a male of the species is evident from the patch of bright blue colour between the thorax and the abdomen.


The insect is mostly pale brown in colour. The Segment 2 (between thorax and abdomen) on the males is bright blue in colour but duller violet in the case of females. The eyes are normally brown.
One feature that struck me as unusual in the specimen I photographed is the glossy patch of silver grey on the lower abdomen just underneath the blue one on the upper.
The note is based on the information available on the site given below:

For those who missed looking at my first posting of this insect, let me tell them that I shot it indoors at night by ‘positioning’ it on the synthetic creepers and plants. So don’t be surprised if the yellow flowery perch looks artificial because it is artificial.

TFS and regards to all.

gannu, Kaszek, dew77, haraprasan, uleko, pablominto, pankajbajpai, eqshannon, Jamesp, jaycee, Alex99, ridvan, Hil, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-13 4:56]

Hi Ram,
an excellant shot.
Sharp, detailed and well composed.
Well done,

Hello Ram,
What a BIG shot :)
Good details, POV and DOF.

Hi ram

a lovely macro with great details and sharpness , the studio shot is pefect with black BG coz of flash.



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-13 5:22]

Hello Ram,
Impressive macro shot.I liked sharp details,vivid colors,expoure,dark BG and contrast a lot.Excellent work!

Hi Mr. Ram,
Good capture tough low light condition. What is that web like white spot on the eye? Is it the flash or some other light source? POV is excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-13 6:53]

Hello Ram,
Interesting to see a macro of this beautiful "Blue-spot" dragonfly. Excellent sharpness and colours which show up against the dark background. I like the matching colour of the cloth flower!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Ram,
That is a big one, causing a new sort of problem to macro photography!
Use of flash is successful, bringing out good colours and details...
Subject is well framed in a dynamic composition!
Pablo -

hello mr. thakur,
nice macro shot, the dark bg gives good contrast to the insect, nice colour tones, sharp image with good details,
tfs & regards

Well then very good position and truthfully the flower weave adds an intriguing touch. Yellow the color of the day with a spot of blue for nice primary colour. Wonderful. Well noted, but I would expect nothing less from the master of notations.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-13 9:20]

Hi Ram,
Splendid close-up shot. Immaculate sharpness and nice colours. Good use of flash light here and fine focus. You really handled this dragonfly well. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Music (40)
  • [2007-06-13 10:09]

I liked the Structure of a flower on which the dragonfly sits. What kind of flower is it???

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-13 10:38]

Hi Ram

An admission - I do not really like insects (my house backs onto a river and I get far too many of them in the house)! This is a beautiful posting.The light, the colour and the focus are outstanding - you may be able to change my mind!!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-13 11:17]

Hi Ram,

Wonderful notes to go with this sensational macro. It's so up-close that we see every detail. Beautiful colors - I love the splashes of blue and silver. I'm wondering - since there is no scent, is it the yellow of the artificial flower that attracts him?


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-13 12:12]

Hi, dear Ram.
Your close-up shot is perfect. I am amazed with terrific color and details reproduction, tremendous sharpness of the image, great work with flash and superb exposure parameters. Blameless work. Bravo. I am glad for you. My compliments.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-13 12:44]

Hello Ram, excellent capture, the datails of the insect and plant are amazing, great macro, POV, and composition.. congratulations

Hi Ram,
soooooo impressive, what a gigantic dragon, I also love to see it from the side today.
Excellent quality, realy perfect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

bonjour ram
le coup flash est un peu trop visible mais j'aime le fait que cette libellule est posée sur une fleur artificielle,elle n'est pas pret de voir une proie s'y poser.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-13 14:12]

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

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-13 14:45]

Hi Ram,

Wonderful capture of the Dragonfly, a very well composed shot, with a fine pose and a great POV, very nice detail and great use of the flash creating a excellent dark BG that compliments the bright colours of the D/Fly.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-14 4:46]

Ram Sir, Amazing shot with such a lovely closeup and still excellent POV and focus. TFS Ganesh PT?>

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