Thursday, April 13, 2006

Macro Photography

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Orthetrum
Species: O. cancellatum
Orthetrum cancellatum

This is a dragon fly that i captured in my garden. He is a
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum). This species was first spotted in Europe and later spread its wings across western Asia and finally, to the subcontinent as well. The male has a blue-black abdomen with a black tip and transparent wings, and the female has a yellowish brown body with black zigzag marks along the abdomen and the transparent wings.

This particular guy seemed completely oblivious to my presence and was basking in the morning sun. I particularly like his compound eyes.....They are simply magnificent.

The composition of the picture could have been a lot better. However he started to get a little suspicious and flew away before i could manoeuver for another shot.

Exif : Canon S2IS, focal length 72 mm, f/3.5 at 1/60s


  1. wow!!! i like the way u have taken this pic... man... u are improving by the day... a kewl pro...!!! ;)

  2. This is an amazing picutre! I like the vague background color that makes the dragaon fly stand out!

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  4. Wow, nice catch! I love dragonflies, they are amazing-looking insects.

    (And thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Old Red Door...I post fresh things just about daily, so do come back!)

  5. dragonflies, unlike other insects, come back to the same spot again and again. and they dont get easily disturbed, comparitively. cheers,,

  6. @rocksea:
    i didnt know that..have to check out if this guy visits my garden often...i want a close up of his beautiful compound eyes.

  7. hey, like I already said really cool pics.. well.. I have a suggestion to make.. I think the pics will appear much brighter and nicer (on d site) if u proly changed d background of ur blog.. this one looks cool but makes d pics look darker than they proly are.. hope u dont mind.. :P

  8. @aparna
    Hey thanks for the nice comments...nice to have a critic... i agree that black kinda casts a shadow on the pics.. will change my template soon.. but hey keep the criticism coming!

  9. those wings r cool.
    but eyes cud hav come a bit better, nay ?