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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2007 USA summer
Theme(s): World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-25 16:33
Viewed: 4716
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I can't believe i had to travel this far to get a photo of this splendid species - Libellula quadrimaculata - the Four-spotted Chaser.

I actually didn't know it lived here...on the other side of the world for me, so you can imagine my amazement when i saw it. Apparently, it's a very cosmopolitan species :)

I was able to get lots of shots as she rested on this nice twig. I am now officially a happy man, having all sorts of POVs and angles of this beautiful dragonfly. What a great way to celebrate my first day off here :)

Hope you'll like it.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 432mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure Bias: -2/3
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 11 AM
Weather conditions: sunny

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Superb macro Horia, the detail is stunning.

Regards Mark :)

Preciosos colores y magnífico bg.
Unos detalles y nitidez extraordinarios.
Un gran trabajo Horia.
Saludos amigo.
Juan Luis.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-25 16:51]

Hello Horia,
Glad to see you are enjoying yourself in the new world. This one is beautifully photographed with excellent sharpness, clarity and color. Reflection on the eye juxtaposes nicely with the circular blur in the background.
Best wishes,

Beautiful dragonfly image Horia.
Sometimes one does have to travel a long way to find what also can be found at home :)
Excellentl composition with the diagonal lines of the body from top left to bottom right and wings from lower left to top right side.
Sharpness and clarity are great and the soft color tones in the BG wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-25 19:04]

Hi Horia

A great, sharp image with excellent colours. I like the POV very much.


Hey Horia,
Good to hear your a happy man for travelling so far for this shot. Its a good photo to0, sharp and clearm with a deep DOF.
Keep the travel photos coming.
best regards

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-25 21:16]

Hello Horia,
That is what I like about TN. It is so international. I am suprised at how many species we all have in common from U.S.A. to Romania to Australia, etc.
This is outstanding macro. I really like the exposure very much. The light just looks so even and shows off the colors of the dragonfly so well. The focus is perfect with entire dragonfly very crisp and details show well all over especially in wings. I really like this POV and composition very much. I can see why you chose this one to post first. I am glad you had a good experience in California!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-25 21:40]

Hello Horia,
This is an amazing shot. ; )
The details on this dragonfly are just exquisite.
The POV is perfect, as it allows us to see all four wings displayed.
The colors are dreamy. Just beautiful.
I can feel how excited you are to find this species across the world.
That is sooo neat!
The news is all about the fire at Tahoe. : (
I hope they can contain it soon.

Hello Horia,
Seem like a nice sunny day for your day off. Beautiful Four-spotted Chaser photo. Nicely composed with perfect sharpness. Happy to hear from you.

Hi Horia,
Very nicely composed picture.
Perfect DoF, extremely well focused.
Sharp and details on the dragonfly.
Very neat blurry BG.
Excellent shot.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-26 2:52]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful close.POV,details,blurred BG,DOF you managed are excellent.Nicely exposed and composed.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-26 3:48]

Hi Horia,
Wonderful capture from a nice angle. Great sharpness and nice light. The soft background goes beautifully too. I like the composition very much.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Dear Horia!
It is really nice to hear from you again! Especially if you still have time for taking pictures (even if these are "European" species ;>).
I really have to say that I did not know that L. quadrimaculata is also present in N American fauna! What a surprise!
Pictue is very nice, I like both the object (presented in the right way - with good POV, details and DOF), and the BG.
Hope to see some more native foe USA dragonfly species soon ;>
Best greetings,

PS. Of course I received your pictures. Today I completely finished "one thing" (you know what I mean ;>) so there will be a little more time for gallery of PES before my trip to Macedonia. Soon also your photos will be added there :) As soon as I add them I will let you know of course :)

Hi Horia,
Very good composition. Excellent point of view. Superb pose.
Nice presentation. No nitpicking opportunities and that's the way I like it.

Hi Horia great return with great macro, excellent composition with splendid details, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-26 6:26]

Hi Horia,
good to hear from you.
A great shot that is sharp and detailed.
Excellant DOF and POV.
Well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-26 7:06]

Horia Beautiful shot and one can see the design and colors inside the wing. TFS Ganesh

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-26 7:31]

Hello Horia
Very nice capture.Colors and sharpness are very good.I like the composition and the beautiful BG.
TFS Michel

Great shot Horia
Good composition and sharpness. Once again the close lens' have done very well on the S2.
Have fun in California

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-26 8:24]

Hi Horia.
You do not lose time in vain. Terrific of quality and beautifulness of the dragonfly. All is perfect (except, may be, flare spot under the wing). Sharpness is razor. Details are stunning as well as the whole composition and colour palette. One of the best dragonfly picture. Best wishes and new achievements. TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-26 12:41]

Hi Horia you are back hope you had a good time. what a fine shot of the dragonfly. the detail is amazing. sharp focus. with great colour. a nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS. good notes to.


Wow! you didn't waste anytime getting out there and photographing the outdoors. It's always cool to be in the presence of the things that most excite you. Nice shot Horia, this is a great POV for this particular insect. :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-26 14:57]

Hi Horia

It is nice to see that your travels are not stopping your TN postings. Wonderful image, beautiful light, nice sharp details and well composed. Lovely specimen



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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-27 10:26]

Hi Horia.
Beautiful capture of this dragonfly on superb BG with pretty blurred soft colors.Great composition with very good POV and nice pose.Perfect sharp details.Excellent macro!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Horia,
How are you doing there? Hope to be safe with the fires!

So curious to have to travel so far to get this pic of your familiar libellula.
You managed your camera with mastery, I really like so much the high quality got, not only in the details, but also at the beautiful background got and the bokeh.
Pose and composition are great!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards and take care,

Hi.. again
Another great shot of this dragonfly.

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