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jolie Demoiselle

jolie Demoiselle
Photo Information
Copyright: patrick neuberg (pat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, SigmaEX 105macro 2.8
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-31 16:53
Viewed: 3902
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken close to a small brook in a ancient forest irrigated by small branches of Rhine river. These preserved forests are real sanctuaries for insects, amphibians and birds...

This damselfly seems to belong to the large Calopteryx family, but I could not find exact ID on species level.
Photo was taken with my Sigma 105mmEx macro lens. This time I used a homemade monopod (made out of an extensible tube of a broom, where I fixed the head of my tripod) more adequate for chasing these rapid insects. This damselfly nevertheless was very cooperative, sitting still every time a cloud darkened the sky, being off at the next ray of sunlight.
The fill-in flaslight was softened by a diffuser (cut out from a plastic jerrycan) fixed on top of the lens.
Levels were adjusted with PS. No cropping.

Thanks for comments and advise :-)

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2005-07-31 16:57]
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the ID is Platycnemis pennipes (is a femele)


  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-31 17:06]

Good shot!
But, as Cosmin Manci wrote, it's not from the Calopteryx family.
Pity the photo did not show up all the body of the damselfly.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-31 17:26]
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Hi Patrick, nice shot especially for 1/100 s. The focus is good except for the head which seems to have slipped oout of the DOF. As for the ID it's definitely not of the Calopterygidae faimily. It's hard to say what it is exactly. I'm not sure it is a member of the Platycnemididae family though.

Hi Patrick,
a good effort on this capture of the dame. Excellent POV.
I find the image flat. Gert's postings show that the DSLR images need a slight tweek in the USM and Contrast departments.
I did a workshop for you for an example.


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