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Checkered Setwing

Checkered Setwing
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-19 12:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I photographed this female Checkered Setwing dragonfly on 06/21/07 at the local lake. Conditions were cloudy. I used ISO 800.

Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax)

Size: Total length: 42-51 mm; abdomen: 30-35 mm; hindwing: 35-40 mm.

Identification: This is a primarily south-central United States species that is easily recognized by its dark color and the large basal brown spots that extend out to not quite a fourth the length of the wings. It is the only dark setwing in the region, with a broad dark basal spot in both pair of wings. The face is olivaceous in young males and females and bright red in older males. The brown middorsal and antehumeral stripes are broadly confluent above, exposing only a small isolated pale area. The side of the thorax is bluish-gray or olivaceous with four brown diffuse lateral stripes. The legs are black and the wings are as above with a smaller spot of brown at the nodus and generally with dark wingtips. The abdomen is bluish-gray to yellow basally and dark brown to black for most of length. There are pale spots laterally on segments 4-9 and middorsally on 4-7 that become large and most conspicuous on 7 giving it a distinctive checkered pattern. The remaining segments and caudal appendages are dark brown or black.

Source: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/fieldguide/species.asp?TaxaID=287

Aperture = f5.6
Shutter = 1/400s
ISO = 800
Focal Length = 300mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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Hello Ken,
Perfect exposure and focus with using ISO800,
good shallowed DOF with perfect sharpness/details
very good shot and well seen

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-19 12:26]

Hi Ken,

A great capture with a good POV and colors,the sharpness,details and BG looking very good,tfs


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-07-19 12:27]

Hi Ken,
Great Dragonfly close-up.
I like your blurred bg,DOF,POV,colors,dragonfly's pose,lighting and sharpness.TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-19 12:52]

Hello Ken,
Wondeful portrait of this dragonfly
Great focus and composition.. very nice BG
..Well Done

Great detail and contrast on this beautiful subject.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-19 13:42]

Hi Ken. A very nice shot again of the dragonfly. very good detail and colour. i like the way they grip on to the twigs.a nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS. great notes too

Hello Ken, the details here are amazing!!
Excellent compo and use of the light.

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

Buen enfoque y bella composición. Colores delicados con un buen contraste. Saludos Ken.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-19 15:17]

Hi Ken,

This one is wonderful! Fantastic natural colors and excellent details. Caught in a great pose and a superb background.


Good sharpness, well composed, etc.
Great work, Ken

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-19 18:34]
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Hi Ken

This is the 2nd posting you do with one of these Chekered setwing dragonflies. I have never seen this species before so I did a quick check and found that (together with the previous one) it is a TREKNature first. Therefore it joined my theme for "RARE & SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN".

Unfortunately I don't know what time of day it was taken or what the lighting conditions were, but at f/5.6 and 1/400 seconds shutter speed it seems there was not that much light to work with even at ISO800. This is where the brilliance of the shot really comes to play as I cannot see any noise anywhere. Of course that is as seen on my monitor, but I can assure you it's not too shabby a monitor neither is my colour card so if there were noise I am sure I would have been able to detect it.

The composition is absolutely out of the book. Excellent cropping and placing of the diagonal subject with ample space to the front of the insect to move or stare into and the eyes snugly placed ± on the 2/3 vertical axis. The colours are stunning and perfectly natural while the details are marvellous and part of what makes this shot a visual feast. The BG is plainly spectacular, well isolated, totally OOF, and assists to make this a WOW shot. The exposure control was faultless with great contrasts on both bright and dark areas.

To be quite honest with you, you don't need any advice on macro photography. You can co-write the book (IMHO).

Very well done and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-19 19:29]

Hello Ken

Superb DOF and focus.The details are sharp.The OOF BG is awesome.Excellent clarity.TFS


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-07-19 19:40]

Hi Ken,

Great photo. The dragonfly is sharp from head to tail.
Nice POV.
TFS, Roger

hi ken,
nice capture of the dragon fly, well composed shot with fine pov, liked the bg very much,
tfs & regards

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-19 23:31]

Wow, incredible detail on this guy Ken. Beautiful composition with tack sharp detail and excellent colour. Very nicely done!

Thanks, John

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-20 0:40]

Hi Ken,
Wonderful shot of this Checkered Setwing with sharp details and lovely colour tones. I am impressed by your use of ISO 800. The focus and lighting are spot-on and you have captured a fine pose here. The BG is superb and highlights the dragonfly well. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi ken ,

A very good macro shot with very good details , suprised at the details of this pic at such ISO , very well done , perfect bg and composition.



A great one Ken.
Superb composition with the diagonall line of the dragonfly.
Sharpness, clarity and exposure are top notch while the soft BG color tones and details are most wonderful.
Perfect work.
Thanks for sharing,
Best wishes, Harry

P/S Out of :) will be back tomorrow.

Outstanding focus and exposure on an unusual dragonfly...Well captured...TFS

Very sharp, clear, and clean! Great composition. They sure can hang on, can't they? :)

Hello Ken,
Excellent DOF, POV, and composed well. I like the touch of green BG that seems to highlight the dragon..Nice & sharp, well exposed also.
Very well done.

Great job. You really got him nice and sharp. Perfect background! Well done as always! Reid

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-21 6:54]

Hi Ken.
Excellent capture of this beautiful kind of dragonfly.Exposure and focus are really fantastic and nicely blurred BG with soft nuances of colors too.I like sharp details on the entire body and beautiful composition.Superb done!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-08-04 8:08]
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Hello Ken,
Wondeful portrait of this dragonfly.
Great focus with perfect sharpness and details are amazing.
Very nice composition and superb backgroud with beautiful colors.
Ken, I think you are the spécialist of Dragonfly by excellence.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your talent!
Best regards,

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