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Male Banded Demoiselle

Male Banded Demoiselle
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-08 8:43
Viewed: 3379
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Banded Demoiselle male, Calopteryx splendens

This common but beautiful species of damselfly has featured many times on TN but as I have only shown it once before I though I would post this one from last summer.

It is found by smaller rivers in most of Europe and Turkey but not in SW France and the Iberian peninsula. I differs in appearance in various parts of its range and some variations are regarded as subspecies.

It flies from late April- October. The females are greenish and lack the wing bands.

This was taken with my long lens hand held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6ft). After slight cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-08 8:48]

Hello Ivan,
A beauty in perfect sharp details and very beautiful light and colours. Superb diagonal composition. Great DOF and OOF BG. Taken from the best POV. Hight quality!

Nicely highlighted and detailed photo of this beautiful species. regards Yiannis

Hi Ivan,
very nice and interesting photo of this species. You are right, this is really beautiful. Amazing colours, perfect sharpness. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-08 9:06]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid lights and colors, great details TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-08 9:11]

Hi Ivan,fantastic capture of this metallic blue,one of the most difficult things to do in the world of insects,impressive memory of the last summer taken whit the best sharpness,details and excellent composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

hello Ivan

excellent photo of this insect withe the fine POV
and the way it is framed, beautiful soft light,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Brilliant showcase of ultimate precision indeed Ivan! Stunning depth of field and focusing! Superb color accuracy and lovely composition! One of the top images of that species I have ever seen! Bravo Ivan!
George Veltchev

Ciao Ivan. Magnificent graphic results and stunning details. Excellente contrast.


hello Ivan
very good sharpness and great details with lovely light
the colours and pose are beautiful
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-08 10:36]

Hej Ivan,
Very good macro .!
Perfect shot. Bright colours, clear BG and exact sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hallo Ivan,
a superb macro shot of the Banded Demoiselle, outstanding sharpness, marvellous metallic colours, excellent POV and DOF, vry nice composition with a perfect classic pose of this beautiful damself
Best regards

Hi Ivan
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-08 11:00]

Hello Ivan.
Great shot of the pretty Damselfly, nicely composed with a great POV and nice pose, very sharp details and i love the vivid greens and metalic colours.Best regards Siggi

Hi Ivan,
Perfect colors,
He has got a good green and black.
very well.

Hello Ivan
very beautiful capture, this banded demoiselle is crisp claer sharp and in a typical pose, i love the superb green color of the surroundings, the light and the whole composition
Have a good night

Hello Ivan, a beautiful damselfly in a perfect recovery. Excellent details, light and the overall image sharpness. Hello Paolo

Hi Ivan

Another excellent result. Great sharpness as usual and wonderful composition.


Hi Ivan - a excellent capture of the damselfly. Great color,sharpness, POV. TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-09 5:40]

Fine image of this beauty, interesting diagonal placement of the damselfly and good details and colors. tfs.

Ciao Ivan, great macro of elegant damselfly, fantastic metallic colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
Outstanding capture with splendid metallic colors and fantastic sharpness.
Very nice clarity, details and focus.
Thanks for sharing!

Hola Ivan

Bella composición de esta libelula y su sombra. POV excelente, con contrastes y colores muy buenos.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-10 9:41]

Hi Ivan!
Great macro shot of this demoiselle, captured with perfect sharpness and impressive details.
Splendid play of lights and shadows. Very well composed, with the subject forming a nice diagonal.
Ciao! Vanda

great sharp capture of this dragonfly, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2011-02-10 10:45]

Hello Ivan.I hope you and Ulla are both well. You picure takes me back to the spring down by the local river. It's a good area for the Banded Demoiselle . Your side view shows the insect of to its best with fine detail and bright natural colours.
Regards Nick..

Hello Ivan,
A lovely view of this male Damselfly showing wonderful colours and great details. Very nice composition and perfect POV. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-11 3:21]

Hello Ivan,
exciting view of this Demoiselle with lively colours and the sharpness is beyond doubt. The direct light on its body is very enhancing.
Well composed and unique speci. I havent seen this in my place.
Excellent presentation.


merhaba Ivan dostum
I missed this great macro shot of handsome male of Banded Demoiselle with great sharpness of focus and from great POV. wing texture looks very beautiful. POF/DOF and coloration superb. nicely composed and presented. ellerine sağlık.
çok teşekkür ederim. iyi geceler.

Hello Ivan,

Well captured, good focus, excellent tone and impressive speices dragonfly with brilliant brue color!
The shadow of the dragonfly that is projecting to the leaf that inclines gradually is effective. And, the contrast between clear front and background with blurred image draws out a good effect for the whole.

Thank you for your consideration to disaster of earthquake and tsunami that occurred in my country.


Hello Ivan.
Our damselfly doesn't have broad wings like this one. Lovely downward perch on that blade of grass. Fine details with well managed light and shade. The natural tone and details are attractive.
Thanks and have a great week ahead.

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