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Common But Rare

Common But Rare
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12), Best of Canon 400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-30 23:58
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ladies and Gentlemen!

Today is big day :-) This is first picture from my dSLR Canon, which I really like. After six months I took first picture with my 'new' cam which is quite good in my opinion. Taken this sunday during walk in Botanic Garden. Why common but rare? Because this is Calopteryx splendens [thanks Horia!], damselfly which lives around small streams and rivers. There are no streams in The Garden, so this specie is true rarity. I saw this kind of damselfly first time in this place. After few minutes of chasing around pond I've got it :-)


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-01 0:16]

Hi Grzegorz,

Awesome macro, vivid colors and details. Your first picture from DSLR is great.
Thanks for sharing.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-01 0:25]

Hi Greg,
This is an excellent capture of this species with great pose,colors,sharpness,details,POV and composition.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Grzegorz,

Excellent picture of this damselfly. Great composition, POV, DOF and sharpness. One of the best pic of calopteryx I have seen here. Superb light and colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-01 0:54]

Hi Grzegorz,
Excellent capture, good sharp detail and colours. Great POV and DOF.
Nicely composed and good lighting.
Regards Siegfried

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-01 1:06]

Hello Grzgorz,
Just brilliant and superb sharpness. Great work and what a view. Lovely eyes and shot with superb focus. Ganesh

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-01 1:17]

Hola Grzegorz,
excelente macro,
con estupendo foco y colores...
espectacular trabajo,

Hello Grzegorz
I never saw this specie,i learned about, but i saw only in the pictures or movies.Excelent details,like under the magnifier.
All the best

Hi Grzegorz, another splendid macro capture with superb clarity, perfect DOF and OFF BG. Many thanks for sharing this beautiful shot.


Hello Grzegorz,
An excellent and outstanding macro shot,superb sharpness,DOF,bg and composition,very beautiful colours,
very well done,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-07-01 3:15]

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Fantastycznie skomponowales, ten klos trawy dodaje wiele uroku calosci, czysty BG.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

This damselfly is perhaps the most beautiful among all the species in the world, Greg.
Your brilliant capture of it supports my conviction.
You have handled your new dSLR camera with great ease and style in shooting this picture.
Superb focus, details, colours and composition.

Hi Greg

Great result, one of my favoourite dragons.
Excellent sharpness and details
Great composition, DOF and POV


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-01 8:41]

Hello Grzegorz,
What a beautiful photo! The colours and light are amazing. The green BG makes it all complete.
Sharpness, details, composition and POV are brilliant. High quality!

Now this is a typical red45 shot Greg. WOW!. So sharp details with excellent composition and very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-01 10:08]
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Hi Greg

A truely beautiful shot and indeed it sure feels great when you look at it on the computer and you see it all sharp but still with a blurry BG :) Congrats, my friend!
A superb macro, but i think this is not C. virgo but C. splendens.
Anyway, that doesn't make the picture any less stunning. The side POV is exceptional and the DOF is perfect!
Wonderful natural colors and spot-on exposure.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2008-07-01 12:04]

perfekcyjne makro, zreszta zawsze takie byly u Ciebie. No i udana przesiadka na nowy sprzet. Brawo!
Pozdr. Al.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-07-01 12:06]

Hello Grzegorz,

Super macro shot of this damselfly, great composition. Super!!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-01 12:44]

Hello Greg,
I love this capture it is really superb!! Details are razor sharp and colours wonderful. The background is perfect to make it stand out and the composition delightful!!
The wind obviously takes them to strange places - one came to our garden the other week and settled on the hedge - the only water here is the bird bath!!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

common but not so easy to catch, nice close one with fine focus

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-01 21:09]

Hello Greg

Wow the clarity is exceptional.
Spot on focus with wonderful sharpness.
The exposure is exact.
Lovely rich natural colours.
Very impressive.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-02 1:20]

Hi Greg,
Beautiful close-up of the damselfly. Shimmering colors look great. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Grzegorz, splendid damselfly with fantastic colors, wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-02 11:26]

Hi Grzegorz. I missed this one yesterday i was working very late. Its great when you get a picture you realy like , i can see why its this one. They are a beautiful insect and your close up shows it so well , with fine detail and colours. I like the pose on the single grass against the plain BG. well done TFS.

Hi Grzeg again,
I missed this one when You posted, I wasn't here on the site in the past few days. You know, a lot of working... :( Simply fantastic close-up, all details of the insect and the plant are crystal clear, with beautiful natural colors. I'm really glad You captured a local rarity - a few weeks ago I photographed a new specie in the Hungarian mycoflora.
Congrats for the photo, tfs, best wishes, László

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-10 1:31]

Hi Greg,

What a splendid shot....great sharpness and clarity..and yes the new camera of yours works magic...

All the three shades of beautifulo blue looks wonderful on the damsel.The details are very well picked up and with excellent contrasts.The composition is wonderful with perch forming a lovely contrast against the blue colour of the subject.The smooth simple Bg sets off the subject very well.

Well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Grzegorz,
great shot, high quality!

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