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Dark Spreadwing

Dark Spreadwing
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-25 9:54
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Dark Spreadwing - Lestes macrostigma

This is a damselfly we found near the Tsiknias river estuary on Lesbos. It is the largest species of the Lestidae family and it thrives in brackish habitats with shallow water and dense rushes. As distinct from other Lestes sp. it has an all blue thorax. It is highly localised in southern Europe but extends to the Mongolian steppes.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-25 10:05]

Hello Ulla
A perfect macro with a top quality image, perfect focus and wonderful natural colors.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Ulla:) excellent close-up shot of this beautiful dark spreadwing damselfly with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-25 10:13]

Hello Ulla,
Perfect photo in all aspects. Splendid colours, ideal sharpness and a fantastic DOF. A photo to be proud of. Congratulations.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2010-05-25 11:05]

Hi Ulla
a great macro of the damselfly
I like the clear BG a lot
tahnks for sharing this image

Hello Ulla,
Very elegant post and species! The light blue, the grass and the blurred background are very nice. Well done!

This is a beautiful shot of this elegant damsel.
Hi Ulla, I love the blue colour and the place it is sitting. Perfect blurred BG, nothing is disturbing from this beauty.
Thanks, many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-25 11:44]

Hi Ulla
What a great and beautiful shot!
POV and BG are amazing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-25 11:48]

Hello Ulla,
lovely capture of this damselfly, liked the pov and the composition, beautiful colours, excellent dof, the total insect is in sharp focus.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla
Hummm.. Your Lestes macrostigma is a interesting and beatiful cousin of our Lestes dichrostigma, I think is amazing both similar species lives so far away! About this shot, I can say the BG is perfect, beatiful an homogenus miracle! Congratulations. Also the POV is very suitable, and you've take great adavantage for compose whit the spike in right side.
Your shots with SX10 are impressives, but with your G9 I can say you're making almost magical shots, with same DSLR level!

Hi Ulla,

A very sharp capture of the dark spreadwing, who looks like he's taking a rest:)
Fantastic composition with this one, The shallow DOF was a good choice, well spotted MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


hello Ulla

excellent macro shot of this insect, fine POV,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, TFS


hello Ulla
great pose with good details and beautiful colours
very good bg. and nice light
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful image taken with great details, natural colors, clear green BG and a good composition. Well done!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-25 13:46]

Hello Ulla,
Very nice macro with great sharpness and great natural colors.TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-25 19:51]
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Hello Ulla,
This is a stunning piece of macro photography Ulla, superb work, thank you for sharing.

Hi Ulla

Excellent shot of this lovely damselfly. Excellent composition and sharpness. Don't think I've seen this one before. TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-26 1:38]

Hi Ulla.what a fantastic sharpness.....and whitout the sun!!It's a very professional pic,no need comments but only my greats compliments,thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Ulla,
excellent capture, sharp details, beautifull colors and light, great BG,

Ciao Ulla. What kind of elegance this spectacular damselfly. Razor details, perfect DOF and intrigant graphic effect against the best BG.


Ciao Ulla, elegant damselfly in a beautiful composition with wonderful natural colors, splendid blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful capture with nice colours and very good sharpness.
The composition is great. Amazing focus and clarity,

Time is chasing but….
What a enjoyment to look at such a great picture, jam packed with superb detail and awesome colours. A wonderful presentation of a beautiful damselfly.

Hello Ulla
what a outstanding picture of this blue Damselfly, perfect in all aspects, sharpness, pose, composition and colors
excellent POV and Bg
Have a good night

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-27 4:19]

Hello Ulla,
I almost missed this very fine and poetical shot of a Lestes-species not very often shown. Beautiful composition and well chosen lateral point of view. And for me very pleasant subtle colors too.
Thanks and kind regards

Hi Ulla,

an very good sharp macro shot with blurred bg and dof.
fine colours.
I find it difficult to determinate the damselflies.

Fine colours.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-30 23:57]

Hello Ulla,
very detailed work and excellent sharpness. I like the special colours it has. Perching at the end of the grain makes this capture very classical.
The green background is neat and smooth.
Excellent skill in producing this composition.
Honestly, your handling G9 is a wonder to me.


Hello Ulla
Damselflies are very beautiful insects. But their photography usually hard to me since theri tiny bodies. You managed very well to capture it with a wonderful close-up. sharp details, exposure, colors, POV/DOF and composition great. thanks for sharing this beauty
best regards and have a goog night

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