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Libellula quadrimaculata

Libellula quadrimaculata
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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, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2007 USA summer
Theme(s): Your favorites, Superb Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 5:51
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 67
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again everybody :)

After a very long series of landscapes (for me at least), i feel it's time to get back to some macros :)

This is one from my archives, taken back in the U.S. in that splendid habitat i found there - one i love reminding myself of.
I posted then a shot of this lovely species, too - Libellula quadrimaculata - the Four-spotted Chaser and i remember identifying it very easily because of these 4 elements:
- Small brown patch on the middle of the leading edge of each wing, this combined with the dark pterostigma is the origin of the name "Four-spotted Chaser"
- Brown tapering abdomen, becoming black towards the posterior end
- Yellow markings on sides of abdomen
- Dark brown patch at the base of the wings.
(just in case you ever see one and wonder what it is)

Other than that, i will not mention anything else about this species, since it's very common on TN and there are many great photos and notes about it.

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 350mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
Exposure Bias: -0.66
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
Weather conditions: sunny

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Hi Horia!
Long time, no see, my friend.
This is a fantastic dragonfly image you captured in the US last summer.
Phenomenal sharpness, focus, details and clarity.
The gentle green BG enhances the beauty of the subject manifold.
Thanks for sharing this brillant image and all the best.

Hi Horia
Well composed shot of this dragonfly captured with good details and colours.
Well done and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-04 6:52]

Hello Horia,
How lovely to see a quadrimaculata again!! Excellent capture of this one very nicely perched and from a fine POV. Great sharpness and fine colours. The soft background makes it stand out very nicely too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-04 7:00]
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Hello Horia,
nice to see another wonderful 'classic' from you my friend, it won't be too long until this seasons beauties emerge!
You have as always caught some amazing detail and composed this very nicely. The background couldn't be any better. I am thinking of starting to give macro's a go myself this spring, would you recommend any lens in particular??
(One that won't leaving my financially crippled would be good!)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-04 7:02]

Hello Horia,
Nice one from your archives! I didn't know that L. quadrimaculata was found in N. America. We learn something every day here on TN!
You've been holding on to this one too long! The sharpness, POV, composition and BG are all top class to make it a fine image.
Thanks for sharing this,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-02-04 7:20]

Hello Horia
Fantastic capture with a very beautiful POV, bg and composition. Excellent details and nice colors too.
Great job!

Nice Macro. The dragonfly is in good focus. The light sheen on his hairs is very good. Nice BG too. Well done.

good Show Horia...I almost looks like bud and he smoked it all:-) I have a wild imagination on Mondays...Truly well done and I always enjoy the way you format your exif data so nicely!

You've got an excellent POV, with very good detail, color, exposure, comp, and a lovely BG Horia..
Not much else to say but Beautiful! :)

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-04 8:05]

Buna Horia,

Este un macro foarte reusit. Profunzimea este bine aleasa si potrivita cu subiectul. Imi plac detaliile de pe abdomenul libelulei ca si culorile naturale pe care le-ai obtinut.

Toate cele bune,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-04 9:29]

Hi Horia.
Classic for you subject and quality of the picture. All is wonderful but reproduction of the tiny hair even on the dragonfly tail it is fantastic. Wonderful diagonal composition, widest DOF, superb smooth colourfull BG, precise framing and impressive POV all of these is Horia, its skill and talent. Bravo, my friend.

Hello Horia,
Very beautiful captured of this Dfly!
the exposure and focus is spot on with great sharpness, good colour and details in the shot
very well done indeed
many thanks for sharing

Hello Horia
Lets take into consideration that although the S2 has a very good image stabilser but when you couple that with the close up filters you used this is just amazing taken handheld!!
The details on the subject are highlighted perfectly against what is a lovely background.
Top Work and TFS
My Best Regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-04 10:05]

Hi Horia

Superb composition - excellent isolation and detail plus excellent colours.



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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-04 10:41]

Hi Horia,
beautiflly composed shot and great pose captured!
nice clarity and colors,
regards, Dejan

Hello Horia,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful one.
Good identifying work as well; help from the CIA probably;-).
Just kidding.
Very good background and natural light, my friend.

Hello Horia,
very nice summer shot, I like especialy the splendid background and the great lighting,
focus is very good, pose and composition are splendid,
very well done,

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-04 21:28]

Hello Horia, welcome back to the land of macros. This is a beautiful shot of this Four-spotted Chaser. Composition is very good with excellent final colour and detail to provide this awesome presentation.

Thanks, John

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-05 2:04]

Hi Horia,
Love it!
Wonderful shot!
Excellent sharpness!
Very good composition!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-05 3:32]

G'day Horia!
What a great shot!
You've chosen a great POV so we can see each spot on the wing, markings on the back and large eyes.
Exceptional DOF and a great BG.
Nice colours and lighting.
Dynamic composition.
Great to see some macros from you my friend.

A perfect flying machine Horia, that bulging thorax full of flight muscles is most impressive, so are the light but strong wings. Your sharply focused image, from abdomen tip to those all-seeing eyes, conveys these characteristics nicely against that blurry, greenish BG. Thank you for sharing this excellent composition with us.
p later...

Hi Horia!

You know that I personally prefer landscapes, but I'm glad to admit that this is an outstanding picture. The more I'm on TN the more I discover the beauties of insects and the advantages of the macro photography. And not later than since you posted this macro I also know you are a master at this kind! The composition with the parallels between the wings and the helve is so well seen. And I also appreciate the unity of the color tones.

Kind regards


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-05 10:53]

Hi Horia

It just shows that you can do beautiful images on both small subjects and wide open landscapes. Perfect DOF, great POV and perfect sharpness. It is a lovely image



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-05 11:58]

Hello Horia,
Excellent photo with really perfect details in the Dragonfly. Amazing natural and clear colours, also in the BG. Fantastic POV and composition.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-05 14:26]

Hello Horia,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-05 16:26]

Great macro work Horia, your photographic art is splendid each time. Great picture with beautiful background, what more can I say? Fantastic,


Hi dear Horia ,
Very nice macro.great details and nice BG.
well captured

Hello Horia
Excelent capture of an odonat insect friend! Perfect!

bonjour horia
je suis surpris de voir une aussi bonne profondeur de champ avec seulement f3.5,les couleurs et la netteté son extra.je note juste un petit "halot"blanchatre au dessus de l'abdomen qui gene un petit peu.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-07 5:26]

Hello Horia, what a great macro you've done. Perfect background, incredibly sharp, the exposure is spot on and the focus is 10/10. thanks,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-07 10:05]

Hi Horia,
Wonderful macro shot and a fabulous POV of this beautiful dragonfly. Very neat and sharp image with superb lighting and a great BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Horia,

Excellent dragonfly capture. I like the perch and details captured in superb sharpness and clarity. A very well done against the clear background.

Please allow me to add this to my personal theme.


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  • t2l0c (11)
  • [2008-02-13 17:31]

I like how the dragonfly is the main focus and you have blurred out the b/g. You have angled the dragonfly just right. Good job,

Such a clear and clean photo.
The detail is immaculate.
I would love to get such a result as this with one of these beautiful insects.
I have tried, but never yet achieved it.

Thanks for sharing.



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