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Roseate Skimmer I

Roseate Skimmer I
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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: 2007-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-21 14:08
Viewed: 3323
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Adjacent to my small town botanical garden is a more rustic area with a fallen tree in the center. It seems to be a favorite spot for the Roseate Skimmer that like to perch on the dead branches sticking up in the air. This one is a immature male which has not yet changed to the pinkish-purple color of the adult male. It's color is very similar to the adult female, but you can tell the difference, because this one does not have the flange in segment 8 of the abdomen that the female has. I will post the female next.

For this shot, conditions were overcast with fair light. It was late afternoon. I decided to use ISO 800. I wanted to get a good DOF, but I also wanted as much detail as possible. I decided to try an aperture of f8.0 and not use the full focal length of the 300mm lens. Focal length was 235mm. I also removed the polarizing filter and just used a regular UV filter. I also used the flash for this shot.

Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)

Distribution: Southern U.S., Mexico, West Indies and Central America south to Chile.

Identification: This handsome and widespread species is found throughout all parts of the south-central United States. It is brown initially in both sexes with pale stripes on the thorax forming an irregular "HII" pattern. The abdomen is uniform brown in young individuals. Mature adults develop a pale bluish thorax and a bright pinkish or purple abdomen. The wings are clear with orangish veins. The lateral flanges of abdominal segment 8 in females are generally pale.

Habitat: Temporary and permanent ponds, lakes, ditches and slow streams.

Notes: This is a widespread species that seems to invade new habitats and is capabale of readily expanding its range. It is found throughout the New World tropics, including the Bahamas, West Indies and Hawaii. It behaves similarly to many king skimmers (Libellula), foraging from the top of tall vegetation. It is an aggressive predator taking insects only slightly smaller than itself. Males will regularly and vigorously patrol territories averaging 10 m. Males use their abdomens to ward off intruding males by bending the tip downwards. They pursue females in flight, where mating takes place for an average of 10 sec. Oviposition by females takes an average of 1-3 minutes and is done by flicking the eggs along with water droplets towards the shoreline. The male guards the female during this time, often hovering close to her and bending the abdomen down, almost at a right angle, when numerous competing males are present.

Source: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/fieldguide/species.asp?TaxaID=315

Aperture = f8.0
Shutter = 1/100s
ISO = 800
Focal Length = 235mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens
flash fired - manual mode

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-21 14:14]
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Hi Ken. You have done it again this is excellent. very good compostion and POV. you have captured true colours with fine detail.the wings down to the twig has sharp focusing . very well done TFs. interesting notes as well.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-21 14:43]
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salut Ken
aujourd'hui tu nous offres une contre plongée bien travaillée. Le spécimen est aussi beau que les précédents coloré et majestueux. Belle composiion diagonale.
=> il est presque minuit en france, bébé ne veux pas dormir :D

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-21 14:52]

Nice capture with good detail and color...After looking at the "OdonataCentral" web site to identify my dragonfly, I leaned that what I had previously thought to be the abdomen was actually the thorax...I was trying to identify dragonflies through references to marking on their abdomens thinking they they should be on the thorax...Thanks for the web site, I think I will have better luck identifying dragonflies now...The BG looks really nice, progressivly going from light to dark...It makes the colors of the perch and dragonfly really stand out...Well done...TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-21 15:10]

Hi Ken,

An excellent capture of this dragonfly. - and very informative notes. The positions of the Skimmer and the branch are in good symmetry making a wonderful composition. The background is superb in the shading.


Hello Ken,
I like this diagonal composition a lot with superb colors, details and exposure. This BG is beautiful and I also like the details on the branch too :) Well done and TFS,

Wow, amazing.. sharp and great exposure. It brings out all the details. Great take.

hi ken,

nice capture, the image is sharp with good details, liked the point of view, lovely dof, nice natural colour tones, well composed shot,
tfs & regards


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-21 21:44]

Hello Ken

A beautiful composition with sharp details and excellent focus.The POV and DOF are well handled.The colours are vivid and well saturated.Very nice OOF BG.Great job.TFS


Hi Ken,
Great capture of one of these wonderful skimmers again.
Composition with the diagonal lines of the twig and skimmer is superb.
Great sharpness, clarity and exposure due to wich all beaitiful details are wonderfully visible.
Love the soft color tones in the BG very much also.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-21 22:45]

Hello Ken,
Beautiful composition showing this skimmer against a smooth background. I like the POV and details are sharp and colours natural. Excellent capture!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Ken,
It's my pleasure to enjoy all your excellent posting of dragonflies with perfect sharpness, good pov, ture colour and much details always!
this one is no exception with perfect presentation!
thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-22 4:15]

Hi Ken,
You have shown us some exquisite dragonflies and this is one of them. Very sharp image with lovely colours and fine focus. The smooth BG presents a nice contrast and the subjects stnd out well, in fact the lighting presents a glow. Excellent POV and DOF and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Another great dragonfly! I don't think I've ever seen one even close to this color. Excellent background. The texture and detail of his perch even adds interest. Very well done. Reid

Another well done shot...perfectly focused! :) And of course, your composition is excellent.

Nicely detailed image Ken.
Good focus and color.
Well composed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-23 2:42]

hello Ken,
It works very well with 800 Iso and gives you such a wonderful background. Very aestethic picture with an excellent composition and a photogenic interesting environnement (dead branch). Like always, excellent picture

Hi Ken, great shoot with wonderful details, splendid blurry BG, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

hi ken!
very beautiful with good sharpness
and fine pov and dof,nice composition to!
well done!

Perfecta imagen Ken.
Equilibrio y nitidez en esta exposición. Buena luz sin excesivos brillos.
Un buen trabajo.
Hasta pronto, tfs, JL.

Love the diagonal composition and POV Ken.
Very sharp & detailed, excellent exposure, color, and BG to set off your dragon as well.
Great capture,

Hello Ken,
I like this carefully composed image!
Macro work has been carried out well, with superb details and most attractive colours...
Good lines and a fine dynamic presentation!
Pablo -

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