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Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 7:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common and widespread. The flight period extends from mid May to the end of August. The Four-spotted Chaser is one of the commonest Irish dragonflies. It is particularly common on sheltered lowland lakes and ponds. It can also be found on acid bogs breeding in very small pools and on sheltered upland lakes. Adults are aggressive and very territorial.

This species may be confused with females and immature males of the Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa and the Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, however in the latter two species there is no dark spot on the middle of the leading edge of the wings.


Small brown patch on the middle of the leading edge of each wing, this combined with the dark pterostigma is the origin of the name "Four-spotted Chaser".
Brown tapering abdomen, becoming black towards the posterior end.
Yellow markings on sides of abdomen.
Dark brown patch at the base of the wings.

During my fish day ofcourse I go also looking for composition. Well I found some. I hope you like it. This one I took on iso 100.
Regard Jaap

matatur, ellis49, Argus, SelenE, crs, nglen, eng55, maurydv, boreocypriensis, Alex99, siggi, Miss_Piggy, uleko, thistle, pablominto, metcher has marked this note useful
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To thistle: Seems to do an amazing jobcarper 1 11-11 21:34
To horia: do you find it ok, as a distancecarper 1 11-09 01:20
To wishnugaruda: Are you satisfied with the 40D?carper 1 11-07 08:18
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A beautiful individual captured expertly from a revealing POV in fine exposure and focus Jaap, the blurry BG compliments the sharp contours of the Chaser nicely in this splendid composition. TFS this fine scene my friend.

Hi Jaap,
it's great to see you again, welcome back. I hope your are well.
This is a very fine close-up with a great DOF, there is lots of details on the main subject and the BG in nice blur.
Well composed with nice POV and the colours and lighting are beautiful.
Well done, old friend.

Hallo Jaap,
Weeral te lang geleden;-)
Heel verzorgde plaat van uw geliefkoosd onderwerp.
Goed gedaan...
Bedankt en groeten

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-07 8:10]

Hello Jaap,
Beautiful capture of L. quadrimaculata. The POV, sharpness and DOF are great against a contrasting OOF natural BG. If you didn't catch any fish on that day this is a fine compensation!
TFS this beauty,
Regards and prettige weekend!

Hi Jaap,
it's a fantastic shot of this wonderful dragonfly, excellent quality as usual, thanks.
As I see you also changed your camera.
Are you satisfied with the 40D? I bought the 450D now. I'm happy you are again here with a shot, please be here more often ;-)
Bye and groetjes
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-07 9:01]

Ha Jaap,

Een mooie opname van deze 4 spotted,compositie is goed,wellicht dat de boter of zonnebloem in de achtergrond iets afleid,maar dat is maar een kleine nit,hoop dat de vissen ook hapten vandaag,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-07 9:13]

Hi Jaap,
Focus, sharpness, details, lighting, POV and composition look very good. TFS

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-07 9:15]

Hello Jaap,

This is an amaising photo with extreme sharpness. All details of insect's body can be clearly seen. Also colors rendering is impressive. Compositon is very well done and thye blurry background enhaces the sharpness of the imge.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-07 9:33]

Hi Jaap. This is a fantastic close up of the dragonfly. You have taken it with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given a shine to the wings. with rich colours. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend

Hello Jaap,
Excellent sharpness with nice colours and details. Very beautiful composition too. Great job. Groetjes,

A flawless photograph! Thank you for sharing it with us! Penny

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-07 10:16]

Hallo Jaap . Weer mooi gelukt, een prachtige compositie kleuren scherpte details en bg , groeten teunie .

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-07 10:20]

Hi Jaap,
Magnificent close up.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.Sharpness,POV,vivid colors and composition are wonderful.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2008-11-07 10:21]

Witaj ,
zdjęcie najwyższej jakości!!!
przepiękne kolory, doskonałe szczegóły, piękne naturalne światło.
Przyjemny POV i doskonaly DOF.
To jedna z ładniejszych ważek jakie widziam na TN!
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-07 10:37]

Hallo Jaap,
Dit is werkelijk schitterend! Hoe kun je een half jaar met zo'n topfoto in je computer blijven zitten!?!?
Alle aspecten van een superfoto zitten hier in. Ongelooflijk scherp, prachtige kleuren, erg goede diepte, uitstekende POV, achtergrond en compositie. Grote klasse!
Goed weekend,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-07 11:19]

Hello Jaap! Good to see your work again! And a pretty good one too! Very sharp macro with a fine subject, a great exposure and a perfectly composed scene! Well done, thanks!


Ciao Japp,
meravigliosa cattura di questa libellula, eccellenti POV, DOF e taglio compositivo con uno stupendo BG, la definizione dei dettagli č superlativa, magnifici i colori.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-07 12:25]

Hello Jaap,

an admirable picture of quadrimaculata! You achieved a great depth of field and superb sharpness.
The focus on the body is precise so that the left and the right wings equally participate in field depth.
Colours are nice and natural. This is also true for the setting and the general composition.
It's a very attractive picture of the dragonfly and its resting place.

Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Jaap, superb dragonfly with fantastic details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-11-07 16:43]

Hi Jaap
Superb close up with amazing clarity and detail
tfs jon

Hi Jaap,
A marvelous and great macro capture of a Four-spotted Chaser
from an dorso-lateral POV with great DOF, details and sharpness. Colours also superb.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


perfect sharpness, excellent colours, this is a very good macro

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-07 20:58]

Hi Jaap.
I am very pleased to watch your new and as usual terrific shot. Pictured specimen is amazing. And you managed to show all its beauty/ Ultimate details and sharpness of the insect image. I am impressed with great DOF and reproduction of all tiniest details including hair on the body and tail. Superb scene at whole and outstanding quality of the image. Bravo and many thanks. My best wishes Teunie too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-08 11:20]

Hello Jaap,
This dragonfly is amazing! It looks like a gold nugget!
The sharpness and details are superb, wonderful natural colours.
Very well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-08 14:49]

What an excellent macro, Jaap.
The amount of detail here is awesome!
Lovely saturated colours.
Superb composition.

Very well done,

Hello Jaap
This is one of those images that first of all catch your eye because of its beauty. It’s like a pretty kind of picture. The type that you should print, frame and hang on your wall. I really like the composition, the blurred background with that spot of yellow just slightly visible and most of all I like the way it is holding on to the unopened buds of the flower or grass (I am not sure what it is) Your image is greatly framed, super sharp and detail is clear and attention grabbing. Thanks for sharing and it was good to see a posting from you again.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-09 0:55]
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Hi Japp

Ehheee...nice to see some old friends returning to TN! I hope this time is for a longer time :)

Seeing your dragonfly shot is always a pleasure and your work with that Tamron 90mm is indeed inspiring. By the way, do you find it ok, as a distance from the subject, for general dragonfly photos?
Anyway, i must say that the sharpness and details it delivers is terrific, the colors here are gorgeous and the DOF you chose is spot-on.
Te diagonal composition also adds to the attractiveness of the scene, making this is lovely post.

Bravo and TFS

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-09 12:33]

Hi Jaap
Excellent macro work.Gorgeous light and colours.
Excellent sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

What an interesting insect you captured. I am really inpressed with the sharpness and the details
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-11 6:36]

Hello Jaap,
Splendid capture of the Four-spotted Chaser hanging on to a grass. Excellent DOF, sharp details and beautiful colours. A fine background and a lovely composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Jaap,

It's so lovely to see your dragonflies again :-)

The picture is perfect. Great composition and superb colours. The details are so crisp and clear. I guess if I'll finally decide to buy a macro lens I'll have to go for the Tamron. Seems to do an amazing job. Are you happy with it?

Well done on this one!


Hallo Jaap,

Excellent capture of this dragonfly.
Technically perfect, excellent DOF and focus. Great composition too. Excellent light and well saturated colours.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-23 11:42]

hello jaap
wonderful and successful macro photo
POV, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

Hello Jaap,

Impressive details have been captured in the insect!
The see-through wings stand of well on the background, and I like the composition with the crossing diagonals...
Fine colour reproduction!

Pablo -

Hi, Jaap.
Very nice macro. Excellent details, sharpness and DOF. Background is well blurred. Nice composition also.

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  • Tamoy (2)
  • [2009-03-07 1:04]

Great capture..sparkling details and the vividness of color.

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2009-04-26 14:33]

Ik vertrou jy ben wel mijn vriend?

When I look at this macro I remember two things about your photos... exceptional macro work and the best landscapes (over at trekearth) I have seen. I am very glad to see you still posting Jaap.

Hello Dear Jaap, I hear that dragon flies are your specialty and looking through your Gallery I see it confirmed. Wow, every detail, every hair present and accounted for. Wonderful macro shot, congratulations, Lisa

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