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Band-winged Dragonlet

Band-winged Dragonlet
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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: 2007-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Best of TN by Glem, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 13:02
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Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This post is dedicated to Loot who helped me to learn how to get more definition and detail out of my lens. I will over simplify, but I now realize that, for this type of shot I should:
1. Always try to use ISO 100 if light conditions will allow.
2. Use an aperture of f8.0 to f11.0 for better sharpness/detail.
3. Try not to use the full focal range of lens.

For this shot:
Aperture = f10.0
Shutter = 1/160s
ISO = 100
Focal Length = 210mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens
(Cropped, re-sized, and sharpened in Picasa. Slight USM using GIMP. Despeckle background using PhotoStudio)
Hand held

Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata)

I would never have been able to identify this species had it not been for my friends at Bug Guide. This is the female and she does not have a dark band on her wings as the male does.

Size: Total length: 38-47 mm; abdomen: 23-34 mm; hindwing: 25-34 mm.

Distribution: Florida and Texas south throughout Central America south to Argentina; occasional stray to eastern U.S.

Identification: This is a larger dragonlet, second in size only to the similar Black-winged Dragonlet (E. funerea). Mature males are olivaceous with a broad stripe in the wings extending between the nodus and pterostigma. Males become pruinose, but the cerci remain pale. The wing band becomes progressively darker with age. Female’s may be similar to the male, but with a paler, reduced stripe in each wing that does not reach the pterostigma. Other, generally more common, females lack a prominent wing band, but have dark wingtips. Young individuals of both sexes have pale rectangular spots laterally on the abdomen. Occasionally the hindwing may be amber or brown basally.

Habitat: Permanent and temporary marshy ponds, pools and lakes.

Source: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/fieldguide/species.asp?taxaid=259

wallhalla15, nglen, gracious, rousettus, Proframe, mikou, loot, jmirah, ellis49, angybone, marhowie, MMM, dew77, saeedabbasi, jmp, go2stones, snowfalken, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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To oscarromulus: ThanksKen52 1 08-10 18:26
To snowfalken: ThanksKen52 2 08-01 03:49
To GLEM: ThanksKen52 1 07-30 23:32
To vanderschelden: ISO, Aperture, Focal LengthKen52 2 07-30 13:59
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  • CCD Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 25] (422)
  • [2007-07-28 13:11]

great pose, great BG ....adds up to a great pic.

tfs Chris

Hello Ken,
great macro shot here. Great POV, sharpness and details. Very nice bg and and a very good composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-28 13:50]

Hi Ken. A very good shot again from you. I read the forum about your lens with intrest and this picture shows the results.excellent focusing and detail with very good colours.the POV /DOF great.very well done TFS. good notes too.

Very nice capture Ken, a subject without distraction. Excellent soft background drawing the attention right to the main subject that display very nice details and colors.

Hello Ken,
Well composed and sharp image...
I have my doubts about your n°1 though...
For example Canon is saying that it is better to use 200 and 400 than 100. You can't really compare it with analog photography.
We are talking about sensors and not film.
About n°2 and 3 I think this depends on the lens...
Anyway when you deliver quality images such as this one then theory and techtalk doesn't really matter.
Well done

Hi Ken,
first many thanks to you and your friend Loot that I learn very important thing from the notes.
On the other hand, your dragonfly seri go on very well. especially last post very nice with great details, sharpness. Very clear. POV and BG also very nice. Very useful and good notes. thanks.
best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-28 20:15]

Hello Ken

Another perfect focus with crisp ,sharp details.The POV and DOF are excellent.The colours are beautiful.A wonderful pose captured.TFS


Very nice detail Ken, this obelisking pose is quite the norm in the hot summers we are experiencing in the south.

So thanks to Loot we finaly see some real good images posted by you Ken........hehehehehehehe.....lol :)
Serious now: This again is a real great dragonfly image. Excellent work!!!!
Composition and sharpness are superb while details, colors and the wonderfully matching soft BG color tones are very beautiful.
Pity light seems to have been a little harsh wich gave some hot spots on the twig, but that's just a minor flaw.
A real joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-28 23:45]

Hi Ken.
Another excellent capture of dragonfly from you.Composition,pose and POV are perfect.I really like accurate sharpenning and wonderful colors.Your managed BG looks really beautifully too.Superb done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-07-28 23:51]

Hello Ken,

Thank you very much for the lovely link and interesting source too. I learned today something.
Very lovely shot of this dragonfly.
I try already a long time take a dragonfly, but never a good shot taken.
Very high quality.

Best regards,

Hello Ken,
Another of your excellent dragonfly with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!
great pov to enjoy it!
thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-29 0:44]

Hi Ken,
Another superlative shot with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. The focus, lighting and pose are outstanding and the dragolfly looks majestic against the neutral BG. Must be making Loot feel proud. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

bonjour ken
voila une nouvelle extraordinaire photo lumineuse et nette.j'aime la pose de la libellule et ses couleurs.
un chef d'oeuvre.

Hi Ken, another great buterfly shot
many thanks for your last work on my gull,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-29 2:54]
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Hi Ken

Indeed I am very proud and highly honoured to receive this dedication. This is a great capture of a beautiful dragonfly and a well prepared posting presented in exquisite fashion. However, I feel I should take very little credit for your advancement (Gert Ellstrom also had a great role to play), but I believe it was mostly in your able hands, keen eye, and willing spirit to make a slight gear change and deliver the goods in excellence.

Just remember another thing, although one might have a specific or ± recipe that works well under certain conditions there still remains great variability within photography. In many ways it is not an exact science and numerous variations within conditions might determine various deviations on the tried and tested application. This is where accumulated experience is of the utmost value to be able to correctly read the circumstances and adapt your strategy accordingly.

The result you have captured here sure is worth a WOW. That BG is absolutely amazing, the colours are splendid, the details are razor sharp even throughout most of the depth range of the wings, and the composition is magnificent. The only slight nit, repeat slight nit, (and this may only be due to a difference in monitor settings) is the aspect which Harry (Proframe) addressed, namely a little harshness in the lighting that created a wee bit of OE on the twig. Be alert for this and take note if there might be any variation between the completed photo as displayed on your normal viewer or PP software on your PC and ultimately the viewer that displays the photo on TREKNature. There might be a slight difference and it could impact on all your hard and dedicated PP work. If need be you obviously have to adapt your PP work to compensate for the possible change.

Great work and TFS.

Outstanding DOF and exposure...Great color and POV against a great BG...Very informative note...TFS

Hi Ken,
this is very good picture with fine details and sharpness,
the low ISO and F10 really pays off.
Well composed, good POV and nice colours.
The DOF is also good, the subject standout well.
Very good work.

It's ROBO-dragonfly! How cool - it looks like its made of gold. Gorgeous!
Perfect composition with an extremely flattering bg.
Now I"m going to read what you and Vanderschelden are talking about - maybe I can learn something because I don't know anything about this tech-talk. :)

Hello Ken,
This is an excellent image. I've been wanting to get down to the river here & chase these things..
Everything looks top-notch here, nothing to do but enjoy :)
Very well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-29 7:30]

Hi Ken,

Looks like you have the formula now. But your shots have always been wonderful. The details on this are fantastic. The wings are beautiful and graceful and with such intricate detail. Wonderful colors, background and composition.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-29 15:48]

Hi Ken
Nice compo.Detaisl and colros are excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-30 0:53]

Hello Ken,
Excellent macro shot.Exposure,lighting,sharpness,details and simple BG are wonderful.Have a great week!

Hi dear Ken ,
wow.. what a nice shot. this is excellent. wonderful details and very nice sharpness.
A perfect capture.
thanks for sharing
my best wishes

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-30 14:17]

Hi Ken,
Details, dof, pov, sharpness in the body, colours, composition... A very nice photo!
TFS, José M.

Hi Ken,
Fantastic shot the sharp it can be,
natural colors, great exposition, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-30 23:12]
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salut Ken
exceptionnelle image, ce zoom offre de grandes possibilités, je me demande s'il n'est pas mieux que le 100-400.
La position est géniale, acrobatisque, pure et esthétique. Magnifique gestion des différents paramètres.


Excellent dragonfly! Sharp and colorful! Great background.

It's tough for me to use ISO 100 a lot of times. If I sacrifice anything, I give up the ISO.

Thanks for the great image,

Hello Ken,

This is a great macro photograph and a great dedication! It proves that you learned how to maximize the DOF and how to get most out of your lens.


The composition is flawless! You present us the dragonfly in an aesthetic pose against a perfect background which isolates it perfectly. The empty space around the subject is also well distributed while the most important area of the composition (the area around the dragonfly's head) falls into one of the strongest points of the image. I also appreciate the lack of distracting objects in your composition! Excellent job!


The natural and well saturated colors are enhanced by the metallic shine of the dragonfly's body. The colors in the background are also very important in this picture.


The contrast seems to be well adjusted!


The exposure was handled very well rendering every detail in the dragonfly's body perfectly. Here I agree with Loot when he said that the highlights in the branch are a little bit overexposed. I think this could be avoided if shooting when the sun is very low in the sky. Of course, it would have been difficult to stop down to f/10 in those conditions if shooting handheld.


Focus is perfect! Right on the dragonfly's body with the wings reaching out from the focal plane into the blurred area of the DOF. This rendered sharp details in the subject.

An excellent image showing improvements in your photographic skills! The great notes complete your post! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Ken,
Very beautiful dragonfly, wonderful colors
Great POV and sharpness, very well composed


I've called "loot" a walking encyclopaedia. An amazing fellow, and a GREAT friend.
I loved its sharpness.
Magnificient details too.
Great notes.
Have run out of adjectives for your work. EXCELLENT.
Mario from Canada.
P.S. How did you put the word Loot in blue in your notes?
Am going to try itLoot

hi ken!
very beautiful with great pose
on the dragon,sharp and with
good composition!
well done!

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