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A French Dragon

A French Dragon
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2046 W: 608 N: 5483] (22131)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-29
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED DX
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-03 7:10
Viewed: 1534
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

I'm a little late posting today, but I hope you will enjoy seeing this rather interesting French dragon!

Of course, it is a dragonfly!

The gite, where we stayed in France, had a small pond in the garden. When the sun began to creep over the top of the pond, we were pleased to see dragonflies arriving. (Although we have a pond in the garden, in England, we never get dragonflies!)
What a thrill!
With great caution, I approached a resting dragonfly, and managed to capture it with its wings outstretched.

I am no expert on dragonflies and would appreciate any help in identifying it.

Many thanks for your interest.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. Bev :-)

pp just cropped, sharpened, added layer and borders, erased border over wing, signed

fransx, parasbhalla, Jonela, Reflex, kross1, tnahari, glint, chrisJ, angela926, lilimih33 has marked this note useful
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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-08-03 7:14]

Hi Bev,
lots of details & tack sharp with this macro,you were fortunate that it staid still for you,frame works well, sorry can't help with the naming,well taken.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-03 7:21]


Grandiose macro sur cette libellule, quelle finessur sur les ailes qui brillent, la belle couleur bleu du coprs, gransiose compo.

Bravo et amttié


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-03 7:50]

Hi Beverley,
A fabulous macro of this dragonfly adorned with good lighting and accurate focusing.
A fantastic composition with the wings slightly off the inner frame.
A very original frame work!
A nice blurred BG to bring more forward the subject.
Great work.

Francis Xavier

Salut Beverley,

Pardon me for not awarding you points for such a wonderful shot as as I have finished my point-limit for today :(

As always, your today's capture is very nice too. The dragonfly looks amazing with great sharpness and nice details. The POV and DOF are just great. I like the eyes of the fly. The rich-green colored BG is just awesome. Well done!

Thanks for sharing!


Hi Bev,

This could be a dragonfly that's on its hols :). This is a very good macro shot the details are terrific lovely colours and very sharp details i like the framing also tfs.


Perfectly sharp, nice green background, originaly framed,... Really a nice macro shot !
Best regards

Hi Beverly,

a great macro, nice details and a good dof. nice fly and nice colors. good use of light and a good composition.


Hi Beverley,
Excellent work creeping up on this beautiful dragonfly. The capture here is wonderful. The detail is very good and the image is colorful and sharp. I really like the green blurred out BG. Nice shot.

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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-08-03 9:51]

Nice one Beverley. Good light all round, some of which is refelcting nicely off the wings.

Plenty of detail with a good sized image.
I like the positionong of this shot too. Just off centre, but balanced well with the left wing out of the frame.

Can't help you with the species identification though.

Thanks for the informative note, it helps us all.


Hi Bev
excellent close up.
perfect clarity of details.
beautiful colors and nice composition.
The transparent frame was a good choice here.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-08-03 10:38]

Hi Bev,
Great close up of the Dragonfly, the detail is spot on, I particularly like the out of frame look. Great work. Cheers

Bonjour Beverley
I prefer our gentle "demoiselles" to this dragon itself which ,though it is french... ,doesn't really charm me.But your shot is completely perfect and you worked a beautiful frame and if the "beast" may be more beautiful, the macro cannot be better
Good evening,Beverley

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2009-08-03 12:21]

hello Bev,
a beauty, both the dragonfly and the photo.Nicley framed too.

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  • Lolo54 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 171 W: 0 N: 2] (1308)
  • [2009-08-03 14:25]

good composition, excellent shot, hugs

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  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2009-08-03 16:45]

Hi Beverley
I like it. The frame, the colors, the dragonfly are all good.
Hien Vy

Hi Bev:)
What a superb close up vith sharpness, colours an details are perfect.TFS.


Hello Beverley! Excellent macro, perfect sharpness, ideal natural light and bright, nice colours. Good capture and original frame. Well done!

Hi Bev,
Really wonderful macro compoition of this dragonfly with creative framing and so many details on the animal. Sharpness, depth of field and light are excellent, you id a fine exposure. TFS!
Best wishes,

hi beverley
excellent image strong colours and great detail,well placed to one side,lovely border.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2009-08-04 1:19]

HI Beverley, this is a wonderful closeup of a dragon fly. Perfectly composed and presented.
Reagrds Rose

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-08-04 2:48]

Hi Beverley

Good macro shot of the blue winged dragonfly here. I like the wingtips extending beyond the frame at left. Excellent dof & sharpness. Well done!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-08-04 13:23]

Hi Bev,
Wonderful picture! Great macro.
Amazing light and sharpness!! Ecxcellent details. Wonderful colours of this dragon fly.
Perfect choice of frame.
You are great! :-)
Ciao. Vanda

Hello Beverley,
Excellent close up, good sharpness,
lovely colors and nice compo and pov.

Hello Beverley!
Nice catch of a dragonfly and good framing!
Beautiful colours and point of view!
Best regards!

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