Flame Skimmer

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Dragonfly season is almost over and I didn’t get much this year, so I’ll go back to a year ago when I found this male Flame Skimmer at a local pond. The BG was perfect and I managed to capture a reasonable DOF, but he didn’t sit still for a focus stack. Canon 5D4, Canon 100-400 II + 1.4X, at 560mm, f/14, 1/130, ISO 1600, handheld. Cropped a little from the bottom and sides and some added to the top. Slight partial opacity cloning on the BG.

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He is a real beauty, Diane. I love the reddish brown against the nice smooth green BG. Excellent shot with nice details in the subject.

Shirley said almost exactly everything I was going to say, so I’ll just say great shot!

Diane: Awesome subject and a great capture. I’ve only seen and photographed one of these and it’s been over 15 years ago so I’m :nauseated_face:with envy :wink:. Top notch shot. >=))>

Beautiful image Diane, I like the diagonal pose and the colors work splendidly together. well done.

Diane, this is a very striking dragonfly. The pose, perch and background all work very well together.

Thanks everyone! It was lucky I had the right lens – 560mm that will focus up to 3 feet is so ideal for small subjects that you can’t get really close to. And that lens (the II version) is as sharp as the 600mm f/4, even with the 1.4X III and the 2X III. Hard to believe but true.

Diane, Lovely dragonfly, stacking done well. Colors are great, hadn’t seen this color before. Nice composition, Background is nice and brings out the dragonfly well.