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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-26 9:20
Viewed: 3268
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I'd like to show you a shot of the
Southern Skimmer male / Orthetrum brunneum male /
Zuidelijke oeverlibel mannetje / Orthétrum brun mâle /
Südliche Blaupfeil männchen
in full size - not only a part of it like some of my other "extreme-macros" ;-)
I had the upper part of this guy already here some days ago, now you can have a look of the complete insect sitting there so elegant.

I have to say thanks again to Harm, our specialist in D-flies here on TN.
He corrected my wrong ID here, I first told you that is a Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).

I hope you like it ...

siggi, crs, horia, jconceicao, xTauruSx, maurydv, rousettus, Dis. Ac., NinaM, boreocypriensis, marhowie, Alex99, uleko, anel, Argus, eng55, Pearl, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-26 9:26]

Hallo Sabine,
Reizender Foto und Makro. ausgezeichnete Details und ein großer Aufbau. Die Details in den Augen und in den Flügeln sind Super! Grüße Siggi

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2008-11-26 9:42]

Hello Sabine.
Great shot of this Orthetrum, i like the POV and the remakeble beautiful eyes. sharpness is very good.
Great job and tfs.
Gr. Hans

ps i was away from TN and removed all my old pictures because i was not satisfied with them. Ik make a new try now with new pictures and maube some old. Glad to be back here.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-26 9:42]
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Hallo Sabine,
der Fokus liegt exakt auf der Körperachse. In diesem Bereich sind natürlich die meisten Details zu sehen.
Die Farben sind wunderbar natürlich insbesondere sichtbar am 'reifblauen' Körper und den Augen, in denen sich
offenbar das karibische Meer spiegelt.
Eine gelungene Komposition!
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Hi Sabine
Blue on green - interesting set of colors. Nice sharp image with good diagonal composition, perfect blured background. I like it very much

hello Sabine,
perfect composition with the blue Orthetrum taken in beautiful setting and with excellent details...compliments sERGIO

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-26 10:28]

Hello Sabine,

The dragonfly is shown in avery nice photo. Your image has a very good quality being sharp and rendering well the colors. Good detaisl of insect's body and wings can be observed. There is a good contrast between the colors of the insect and the dry leaf it is sitting on.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-26 11:08]

Hi Sabine

Very nice macro shot of this beautiful Orthetrum coerulescens male!
Personally, although i find their eye texture fascinating (for example), i find dragonfly shots better when they picture their entire body - its the peak of insect evolution as well as geometric beauty.
Here, aside all that, i like the colors and the natural contrast with the natural BG.
Very nice and sharp shot here, with a great DOF that keeps the whole subject in full focus.
Wonderful work and nice to see you posting here again regularly.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Wishnu,

Fantastic close up.
Nice colours with good focus.
Lighting and composition are splendid.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-26 12:20]

Hello Sabine,
Great sharp photo in very beautiful colours. Superb DOF, POV and composition. Very good OOF BG.

Hello Wishnu,
A perfect close-up shot and composition of this beautiful dragonfly.
TFS and greetings,

Ciao Sabine,
bellissima composizione macro di libellula in una classica posa, eccellenti POV e DOF, trovo perfetta la scelta della messa a fuoco con tutta la parte anteriore nitida e la progressiva sfocatura solo posteriormente, magnifici i colori.

Hello Wishnu
a great macro-shot for beautiful dragonfly. its blue color nicely contrasting with green of leaves. focus, exposure, POV and composition also great. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Ciao Sabine, beautiful dragonfly with wonderful colors, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Sabine,

Nice composition o this Skimmer.
good of sharpness and with beautiful colours.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-26 14:26]

Hello Sabine,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Sharpness,details and colors are excellent.
Very well done .TFS.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-26 15:22]

Bonjour Sabine, c'est vrai qu'il est élégant et j'aime beaucoup les couleurs, le bleu des yeux et du corps, contre le vert de l'arrière-plan, l'effet est très joli. Techniquement, la photo est impeccable, très nettes, et le cadrage aussi. Merci beaucoup!


Hi Sabine,
Supeb shot of a mature male Keeled Skimmer with fine resting posture and composition. Perfect in all around indeed. During my last trip to Cyprus, late October i also took so many capture of this species even "love wheel" position.
TFS and cheers,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-26 22:30]

Hi Sabine.
You are right. Pictured scene is very attractive and composition created by inclined dry leaf and charming insect on it is amazing as well as the technique of the image execution. I welcome superb wide DOF and excellent use of fill flash. Details of the dragonfly and blurriness of the impressive BG are perfect as well as the front POV and great composition of the shot. Well done and kind wishes.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-26 22:58]

hi sabine,
this is beautifully captured image, good viewpoint and colors. simple composition and nice details. tfs.

Hello Sabine,

Beautiful capture of this dragonfly. Excellent composition. Very good sharpness with an adequate DOF. Superb colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-27 1:56]

Hello Sabine,
I love all blue coloured butterflies and dragonflies! This is a very fine capture of the powder blue Keeled Skimmer. I love the focus on those beautiful eyes and details are nice and sharp. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Ho Sabine

Good to see you again. This is a fine shot of this good looking dragon.
Good composition and sharpness.


Wie immer, perfekte Schärfe. Die Strukturen der Flügel sind hervorragend zu sehen
Viele Grüße,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-27 5:05]

Hallo Sabine,
Da haben wir wieder diese schöne Kombination von Grün und Blau. Sehr schlichte, schöne Komposition mit guten Details.
Herzlichen Dank und einen schönen Nachmittag

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-27 6:13]

Hello Sabine,
A great macro of this wonderful blue dragon that is not common in my country.
The POV is perfect and the technical standard superb sothat it stands out well against the OOF natural BG in this fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty: I must look for it next year! :))

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-27 8:03]

Hi Sabine,
Very nice capture of this skimmer.POV,sharpness,colors and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-27 8:56]

Hello Sabine! Perfect macro! Well composed, great contrasting colors, perfect sharpness and great overall quality, well done!


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-27 9:41]

Hallo Sabine,

This is a very pretty looking dragonfly you captured. The focusing, sharpness and lighting are splindid. Excellent composition, details, natural colors and POV. TFS.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-27 14:43]

Hi Sabine,
what a fantastic macro of this male Keeled Skimmer!
Very, very detailed and sharp.
Superb composition.
Wonderful colours.

Very well done,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-27 19:33]

Hi Sabine,
Wonderful shot of this Keeled Skimmer in a fine pose and in bright natural light. Very impressive sharpness and colours and the subjects stand out well from the BG. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

Hi Sabine,
Great sharpness and details, a nice POV of this beauty..and all the body parts are there too :)
The color, comp, exposure, DOF, and BG are all very good.
Well done & TFS!

Hello Sabine,
I think this is O.brunneum,bacause of the white face he has.
TFS Harm

Hi Sabine.

My first visit to your amazing gallery and I'm sure glad that you drop by my post. This dragonfly is so beautifully captured with fine pov and sharp details. The sharpness of the wings are never easy to capture due to shallow depth of macro optics. Awesome shot at f/18 with good framing and well controlled exposure. Well done and TFS.

Best regards,

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