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Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon, Sigma EX APO Macro 180 mm F/3.5 IF, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-09 13:21
Viewed: 3918
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
A medium-sized dragonfly, with broad, flattened abdomen which tapers to a distinct point. Sexes similar, both having a brown thorax, and brown abdomen turning to black at the tip, with distinctive yellow spots along the sides. It is the only UK species to have dark spots at the wing 'node' (midway along the costa), and the dark pterostigma (spot at end of wing) make four distinct spots on each side. Wings also patterned with large brown patch at base, and yellow streak on forewing. A few have extensive dak markings at wing tip, known as the form praenubila.

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I am new to hthese shots as have only taken a few but this spotted chaser is a standout. Well placed and nice BG.


Splendida composizione con un magnifico sfondo per questa bellissima libellula, ottima nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Elegante formato y buen encuadre. Bien plasmados esos tonos rojizo-metálicos de la libélula. Buen enfoque y profundidad con un acertado fondo. Bella toma.
Saludos desde Catalogne: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-09 21:42]

Bonjour Robi,
A fine capture of L. quadrimaculata taken from an excellent POV with the whole dragonfly in focus, while the natural BG is OOF, so that it is well seen. A pleasing composition too.
TFS this fine image,

Hello Robi,
Beautiful Chaser. Nicely done OOF BG.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-09 23:26]

Un bel exercice d'équilibrisme.
Bonne journée.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-09 23:55]

Hi Robi,
A very nice close-up this dragonfly with good POV, colors, composition and details. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Robi, wonderful dragonfly with splendid details and fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-10 8:00]

Hi Robi,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Four-spotted Chaser in a fabulous pose. Very impressive sharpness, details and colours. Superb lighting gives it perfect illumination. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Nice work Robi,
I like the color, DOF, and details I see..
Well seen from the greens of your nicely OOF BG as well :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-12 8:04]

Hello Robi

A well illuminated capture of this beautiful dragonfly.
The colours are vivid.
Nicely posed on the branch.
Very good pov and dof.


Bonjour Robi
Grande netteté et très belle présentation de cette libellule. La texture des ailes est magnifique.
Bonne journée et bravo...JP

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-18 6:50]

Hi Robi.
Nice close-up picture of a very cute dragonfly at classic scene. I like excellent FOF and sharpness of the entire insect. Vertical cropping is very impressive and rich colours are fine. My compliments and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-22 8:15]

Hi Robi

Sorry for being a bit late...i was on a long hike yesterday and i was quite tired :)

A splendid macro shot of this wonderfully colored dragonfly from you!
I really like the vertical composition that you opted for here and the very nice DOF setting, enabling you to get excellent sharpness for the entire subject.
Spot-on exposure and nice POV, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-27 23:35]

Hi Robi,
Good details and colours here that has captured the chaser with great colours and lighting.
I like the way you have frozen it perched a top plant and the wings looks lovely and sharp.But i think you had a little trouble with the body's focus.The green BG helps offset the chaser very well.
TFS & Cheers

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