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Scarlet Skimmer

Scarlet Skimmer
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-11 0:52
Viewed: 3670
Points: 40
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Scarlet Skimmer

Friends, I shot this dragonfly last week-end. It was early in the morning and the light was not all that harsh.
Odonata have started showing up in and around New Delhi these days but there is no profusion of them until the arrival of the monsoon season.
I found this species flitting around restlessly and was able to capture both the male and the female after giving them persistent chase.
Today I am posting the picture of a male Scarlet Skimmer. The lady will feature next.
I could manage only the very sketchy information on this insect from Wikipedia. Here goes:

The Scarlet Skimmer or Crimson Darter (Crocothemis servilia) is a species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to east and southeast Asia and introduced to Florida and Hawaii.

I shot it hand-held from a distance of about 2 meters.
The exif data is given below:

Nikon D200
2008/04/06 07:43:11.8
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 105mm F/2.8 D
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/400 sec - F/7.1
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode I (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto

Thanks for looking.

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Ciao Ram,
complimenti per questa foto!
Un'immagine davvero nitida, con colori naturali ed un'illuminazione perfetta.
Un ottimo lavoro.

Hello Ram
Very nice sharp image of beautiful dragonfly. Great color of abdomen. I like composition, nice OOF background
Very good job ;-)
Best wishes

Hello Ram,

Wonderful composition. Excellent sharpness. Splendid colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ram,
Good work. Excellent depth of field and effective point of view.
Well composed.

Hola Ram, un macro excelente, buen enfoque, nitida y con buena luz, el color rojo de la libelula la hace muy atractiva. Un saludo

Hi Ram,

Excellent detail and colour on this Scarlet Skimmer,
Lovely high POV, well framed and composed.

All the best Rick :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-11 3:45]

Hello Ram Sir,
Angle of the shot+++
Clarity +++
Composition +++
TFS Ganesh

Just marking your post for now...will be back presently.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-11 6:46]

Hi Ram,great and perfect pic of my prefered insect,very very excellent details and colours,my best compliments and thanks for share,Luciano

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-11 7:50]

Hello Ram,
excellent macro shot and the colors are wonderful.
The DOF is perfect and the focus right on.
Wonderful neutral BG that shows off this dragonfly perfectly.
Great work.

A perfect catch of a beautiful skimmer in fine posture and sharp focus Ram, your chosen exposure and DOF were right on the spot my friend, a difficult POV to approach the specimen, surely...

H Ram
Thanks for showing this nice picture. I like the POV, colours and sharpness of your picture.
Nice uniform background for this bright coloured dragonfly.
Best wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-11 13:27]

Hi Ram

A great macro shot - good composition and POV with good vibrant colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


Bellissima immagine, ottimi POV e DOF, splendida composizione con eccellenti dettagli e magnifici colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ram. I like butterflies and and your focus on this one is brilliant. Hard to get sharpness all around and you have done very well with your precision optics and equipment. Thanks for sharing and very well done. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Ram uncle, I can see the reflection and shining in the eyes. The wings are very sharp. Thank you Vignesh

Really excellent photo Ram. The sharp detail and composition are really good as too are the colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-12 9:42]

Hello Ram,
Wow, what a fabulous colour! You've really done well capturing this Scarlet Skimmer in a wonderful pose at the end of the leaf and all is in focus. Great sharpness too and a fine composition. Excellent work!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-12 14:49]

Excellent capture of this Scarlet Skimmer!
This guy's colouring is amazing!
Very good sharpness and detail.
Brilliant DOF too.
Superb lighting.
Great work Ram!


Hello Ram,
Where do you find such beautiful insects in Noida? I think I just haven't been looking maybe.
Excellent shot. Great POV, colors and details. Very crisp.


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