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For My Friend Gannu

For My Friend Gannu
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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: 2008-04-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies - Damselflies, Dedications at TrekNature Part Three, World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 19:39
Viewed: 3029
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My friend Ganesan, also known as Narayanan or Gannu, posted a very fine picture of a Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) yesterday.
I have done a lot of work with this docile and cooperative dragonfly and posted many pictures of it here on TN.
This latest image of it, therefore, is my humble tribute to Gannu in appreciation of his deep love and enthusiasm for nature photography. I remember distinctly how enthused he was about joining TN and went all the way to Bangalore from Delhi to learn more about nature photography from veterans like Satish and Goutham. He has chartered a steady curve of upward growth since then.
Keep it up, Ganesan!

Orthetrum sabina is a common and widespread dragonfly found all over Asia and parts of Australia, the Middle East and Northern Africa.
The skimmers or perchers and their relatives form the Libellulidae, the largest dragonfly family in the world. It is sometimes considered to contain the Corduliidae as the subfamily Corduliinae and the Macromiidae as the subfamily Macromiinae. Even if these are excluded (as Silsby does) we are left with a family of over 1000 species. With nearly worldwide distribution these are almost certainly the most often seen of the dragonflies.
The genus Libellula is mostly New World, but also boasts one of the few endangered odonates from Japan - Libellula angelina. Many of the members of this genus are brightly colored or have banded wings. The related genus Plathemis includes the whitetails. The genus Celithemis contains several brightly marked species in the southern United States. Members of the genus Sympetrum are called darters (or meadowhawks in North America), and are found throughout most of the world. Several Southern Hemisphere species in the genera Trithemis and Zenithoptera are especially beautiful. Other common genera include Tramea and Pantala.

Thanks and have a great Sunday!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-03 20:33]

Hi Ram,
I have recently downloaded an e-book on the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India, published by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. Very extensive book with details on almost all available species found in India with colour photographs. They have named this species as Green Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum sabina).

Excellent shot with very impressive sharpness and colours. I like your chosen POV to portray it and the fine pose you have captured it in. gannu should be happy with this dedication surely. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Ram,

As always you present us with a lovely image of this Slender Skimmer, lighting is perfect, as is the d.o.f, and with the OOF flower adding an extra bit of colours makes this that much more perfect, wonderful shot. Have a great weekend,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful Orthetrum Sp. Excellent composition and sharp details. Also a very good dedication for Ganesh Ji. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-04 1:52]
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Hi friend Ram

I just love these dedications on TrekNature. I think it is so nice when friends give honour to each other and show their respect or gratitude via these wonderful gestures. This dedication is indicative of such friendship and acknowledgement of achievement. As you said Ram, Ganesh has come a long way and has improved with leaps and bounds. He is a worthy receiver of this dedication which is a fine dragonfly in response to his beauty of yesterday.

Your docile and cooperative specimen has once again given its model assistance to ensure a fine capture. I have once mentioned the notion of 'domesticated' (or is it conditioned?) insects, but I won't mention it again. You did not hear it from me (chuckle). No, let the truth be know, I have for some time suspected that insects (less than bird brains as they might be) can also, just like animals, become accustomed to a person (or a vehicle) etc., when they are continuously or repeatedly exposed to such condition and then ultimately start to accept the presence of the person or object. So, if this is the same dragonfly you repeatedly worked with it is probably (or possibly) what happened.

Anyway, I'm no entomologist; it's just my humble uneducated opinion. Otherwise it is just a case that you have become more patient with years and your movements have slowed down thus creating an aura of calmness and peace and therefore your subjects experience less fear. (?) Peter Stoeckl said an interesting thing to me in this regard, just the other day. I joked with him after he told about this butterfly that came flying around his head and then went and sat down and let him take a zillion photos of it. I said he must come and teach our butterflies those manners. His reply was: "Maybe I am getting calmer as a stalker with the years" and this made me think (and realise) that many times we probably are too energetic and vigorous in our chase after our subjects and actually scare the daylights out of them.

Ok sorry, I forgot all about your posting. Oh shucks man, you know it's an excellent shot and you don't need me to come and tell you that it is. But then again, I just did tell you that it is an excellent shot (didn't I?) so; let it be know to all and every one on this public forum. Is a chuckle OK at this stage?

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-04 1:56]

Hello Ram,
A superb portrait of a Green Marsh Hawk, one of your best IMHO, taken from a great POV and with fine technical merits, so that it stands out well against the OOF natural BG in a fine composition.
This is an excellent tribute to our friend Ganesh and thanks for sharing it.
All the best,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-04 2:38]

Hi Ram,just marking,i'll be back,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-04 4:21]

Hi Ram.
Nice dedication and wonderful picture of the dragonfly. I had not opportunity to pictured dragonflies one year and a half. Thee were not in our place since 2007. I like selected POV and DOF a lot. You managed to fill up all image of the fine insect in a focus. Exposure and colours are spot on as well as the composition of the scene at whole. My best regards and TFS. Well done.

You are a man of many faces Ram. both in your writintg and in your photos, I see a man who thinks in what would appear to an outsider to be complex ways, but perhaps inside you...it is a simple method of rationale and very personal thought patterns.
The natural side of you is still quite inquisitive. Each "thing" you post seems to come from a true and genuine part of your inner being. While to some, this may look just like another dragonfly, through your notes I can see it is much more than that. And so from you, I have learned much more about nature than I thought possible. And in your humility, you dedicate so well....

A very nice image, from a man with a good soul and spirit!

A very beautiful shot, Sir.And you've penned a beautiful note, as usual.

Hello Ram,
Nice dedication to Narayanan.
Beautiful Dragonfly.

Hello Sir
Thank you so much for your note about me. I bow in front of all TN for providing me such an immmense knowledge. I have no words to express except that I will try to keep improve every time. Sincerely Ganesh
PS I owe a lot to Goutham and Satish for giving me tips and lending his camera.

Ganesh surely will love your fine dedication Ram, the capture is again perfect from every photographical viewpoint my friend, your docile friend looks a little like a finely constructed airplane model but thank the creator, it is nature made, not man made!

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-04 10:54]

Hello Ram,

Excellent presentation of this dragonfly. Great composition and sharpness. Wonderful colours.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-04 10:57]

Hi Ram,
Excellent macro shot.Sharpness,exposure,DOF and focus are perfect.Thanks for posting.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-04 13:57]

Hi Ram,
a lovely capture of this pretty Dragonfly!
This is a very striking insect which you have captured superbly!
Great DOF and focusing.
Superb composition and POV.
A lovely dedication to Ganesh! Looks like he wrote a critique logged in as Vignesh :-) Anyway, he really deserves this and I'm sure he'll love it!
Well done Ram!


Bellissima macro, ottimi POV e composizione, buona nitidezza, colori molto belli, naturali e luminosi. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-05-04 16:09]


Just marking
I'll be back later!


Hello Ram,
A beautiful insect giving a fine pose for the camera!
The macro work is well done, sharp fine details in the subject and a nicely blurred background...
An effective point of view is resulting in a fine composition, showing the details very well!
Pablo -

Hi Ram, splendid dragonfly with great details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram

Well this is an interesting one for me beacuse it does indeed occur around Sydney and I have seen it several times. To think the same species also occurs in northern India is quite interesting.
Good composition and sharpness, well done.


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