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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, 100 macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 9:23
Viewed: 3698
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Regional variation is great. For example, this species is protected in the Netherlands. It's rare and only occurs in shaded streams. In Biebrza National Park the Calopteryx virgo was much more abundant than the C. splendens and I found this damselfly practically everywhere. From the borders of biebrza to dense alder forrest. This one was captured in Cerwone bagno, a alder forrest and bog area, within the national park.

The picture was taken around 9:00 in the morning, but the sunlight was already very bright. the contrast in the image is high. I tried to reduce it, but reducing more did not lead to satisfying results.

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Hola Jacob
Una captura muy buena, tiene profundidad, color y el fondo verde hace que destaque muy bien este "caballito metalizado".
Un saludo

Very nice, I do not think there is still too much contrast, sharpness is great!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-05 11:05]

Hi Jacob

I like the way that the blue/green/back of this damselfly(?) contrasts with the acid green leaves. Lovely sharpness, concentrating on the magnificent wing.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-05 11:51]

Hello Jacob,
You offer us a superb close-up for this lovely "Libellule" in french.
The "+++" : Smart composition, lovely subject, beautiful wings, pose, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, nice background, exposure, useful photographer's note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-05 13:21]

Hi Jacob

Regional variation is actually very understandable.
It's the same situation here as well; this place i just came from was swarming with C. virgo. They are locally very common here, too. It's pretty much the same situation with some herpeto species, too.

Anyway, back the the photo.
It's a splendid macro shot with loads of sharp details and vivid colors.
I actually like this strong contrast between the damsel and its environment. The DOF here is also impeccable and adds to the isolation of the subject while the textures and the metallic reflection are just a bliss.

Bravo, my friend and TFS

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-06-05 14:26]

Hello Jacob,
Superb shot of this virgo Calopteryx!
Outstanding details. Very good POV and DOF. Lovely colours.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-05 17:38]

Hola Jacob,
bella macro,
tonos y nitidez perfectos,
buen trabajo amigo,

This is one beautiful insect. So well captured with it's iridescence.Details are so sharp, it is like seeing it live.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-06-06 3:29]

Hello Jacob,
Very good macro,good sharpness.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-06 4:49]

Hi Jakob,
I think the result is satisfying, I like the contrast in the photos, and it doesn't look high here. Very nice POV and composition. Good focus, sharpness and details. TFS

hi jacob!
nice one on a very fine damselfly,
sharp with good pov and dof!
well done!

Hi Jacob,
Uitstekend werk verricht in Polen blijkbaar.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-07 3:14]

Hi Jacob,
Dit is een hele mooie libel die je hebt kunnen vastleggen.
Prachtige gekleurde vleugels heeft dit exemplaar.
Mooie compositie, mooie pose.
Prachtig scherp met veel details.
groet Paula

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-07 7:15]

Hello Jacob,
what an gorgeous insect you captured, it has such wonderful metallic colors. Great POV to observe its wonderful details.
Sharpness, colors and composition are great.

bonjour jacob
bonne identification de ce calopteryx,la photo est parfaitement reussie.
bonne netteté et couleurs.
le contraste est bien egalement.

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