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Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos, World of Damseflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-23 9:49
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having a sort out of my photos and thought i would load this one from the summer, to remind us of the warm sunny days that we had this year.

Banded Demoiselle ( Calopteryx splendens ) Length 45mm
An attractive Damselfly often found resting amoung waterside vegetation. Males seen in small fluttering groups hovering over the water. The flight of the female rather feeble. Favours clean streams where Nynymph lives partly buried in muddy sediment.
Males have a blue body with metallic sheen, smoky wings show a conspicuous blue thumbprint mark. Can be seen May-August. Locally common in South and Central England.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-23 10:04]

Hello Nicholas,
a great picture, well-composed and preofessionally showing all the nice details, colours and reflecting surfaces of the damselfly.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Nick
Nice to see a bit of warmth from the summer..after an hour in the garden I had had enough!!
Lovely sharp shot Nick which is instantly recognisable as your work.

Bonjour Nick,
excellente macro de cette demoiselle, les couleurs sont splendides et l'arrière plan très joli, excellent focus qui nous montre de très beaux détails dans les ailes et une composition magnifique,

hi Nick
Superb detail in this. good dov nicely isolating the subject from the background!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-23 12:23]

Lovely shot of a female demoiselle, Nick.
A beautifully composed image with fine bokeh and depicting the demoiselle sharply with fine colours and lighting.
Well done1
Nice to see at this dark time of the year and I thank you for sharing this,
Have a good weekend,

Hi Nicholas,
Wov, perfect macro shot with fantastic coloured BG, great details and sharpness. POV, light and coloration super. good notes always.
Thanks. Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-23 12:29]

Hola amigo,
sobresaliente macro,
excelente trabajo y tonos...
saludos Nicholas

Hi Nick looks like we are both looking through summer shots ;-) and a fine shot you chose excellent sharp focus and good dof, light was nice, spot on dof. Well composed and have a fine weekend best rgds Necip.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-23 13:05]

Hi Nick

A fine shot looking back at summer! I am about to do that too i think :)
It's a terrific shot of this damsel and believe it or not, i have one extremly similar to it - same species, on a same plant and same pose :)) The only thing is mine is faced right :)
Anyway, i really like the sharpness of the details here and the way those metallic textures look and shine in the sunlight.
The DOF here is outstanding! You parallel POV with the subject ensured that you would get the entire subject in great focus with only f/5.6.
Very good exposure, a superb BG and a gorgeous composition.
The only thing i could sugest here (in retrospect) is to try use the flash. A very light fill-in one would really bring some extra details in the dark areas, making those metallic surfaces look amazing.
Anyway, top job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-23 13:20]

Hello Nick,
Another wonderful macro. Perfect focus with very good sharpness and details. Amazing colours, also in the BG. Fantastic DOF, POV and composition.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-23 15:27]

Hello Nicholas,
Beautiful shot, you captured beautiful details
well focused and great light
lovely background
Regards, Dejan

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-23 17:04]

Hola Nicolas. Como siempre una bella foto. Gran calidad y hermosos los colores.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-23 22:56]

Hi Nick

Great composition with good isolation from BG. Great detail and colour too.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-24 2:38]

Razor sharp photo of this female Banded Damoiselle.
Pin-point focusing and a perfect DOF.
Great composition.
Nice colours aswell.
Well done Nick,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-24 3:42]

Great macro Nicholas, the image is razor sharp, the exposure is perfect and the background just perfect. Well done ! Thanks !


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-24 3:42]

Hi Nicholas.
I congratulate you with so wonderful shot with great pleasure. It is simply outstanding with every respect. Subject can not be better. Reproduction of the damselfly and ear is fantastic. Colours are the best as well as the BG, DOF and, of course, details. You managed to show tiny details brilliantly. Bravo.

Impressive capture - filigrane detail with superb color and DOF! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Nick,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful banded damselfly. Excellent composition with very good POV and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Great details! Wonderful color and light. Love that curve of the grass...perfect perch. You use space very well.

Ciao Nicholas,
veramente perfetta quest'immagine della Calopteryx splendens.
La composizione è magnifica ed il colore verde brillante reso in maniera naturale.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-24 7:45]

Hi Nick, I am amazed at the clarity, irridecent colours and fantastic detail on this damselfly! Nice and sharp with a perfect focus and dof. Very refreshing on these cold dark days.

HOw did I miss this?????? Very strange. Must have gone through a time warp. A wonderful diagonal Nick. I love the perch of oats or some feed grass. It makes the picture perfect.

Hola Nicholas.
Magníficos detalles y excelente presentación.
Buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

Buen dominio del encuadre Nicholas. Bonito equilibrio formado entre la forma de la gramínea y del insecto. Sensación de espacio posterior por el contraste creado. Preciosa.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hi Nick, wonderful damselfly with great details and excellent sharpness, splendid colors and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Nick,

What a cracking shot!
The image of the demoiselle is wonderfully sharp with excellent irridescent colours and super body details.

It looks to be posing for you like a circus performer!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-24 19:15]

Hello Nicholas
Nice presentation. Excelelnt POV ILike the pose of the insect.Light and colors are very nice.Your inmage is sharp whit nice details.I also like the OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Bonjour Nicholas
Très belle prise macro, excellents détails et couleurs, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Nicholas,
WoW! Very beautiful and pretty damselfly you brought here.
I love dragonfly(damselfly) very much. :-)
This is an amazing and beautiful shot, with excellent details and perfect POV.
Also, lovely blurry BG makes this fella stand out very well.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-25 3:38]

What a great shot, NIcholas!
This little and beautiful damselfly is perfectly captured. Magnificent sharpness up to the least detail. Excellent DOF and beautiful bg and composition.
Congratulations and TFS

very sharp, excellent details
very good photo job

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-25 16:34]

Hello Nick,
Excellent details on this colourful Demoiselle!!!
Colours are absolutly amazing :-)
Nice BG too..
Best regards my friend...


Hi Nick,

This is a stunning macro shot, with great composition. I love the almost metalic colouration of the little guy's body. Fantastic soft background too.

Kind regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-28 3:04]

hello Nicholas,
You did well to show us this beauty! Great composition and colour-combination, excellent and pleasant Demoiselle picture. Thanks a lot

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-12-01 10:40]

Hi Nicholas,

Great picture of this damselfly.
Grat color, sharpness lighting and background.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-02 4:24]

Hello Nick,
What a wonderful capture of 'splendens' in a beautiful pose on the dry grass. All in focus showing sharp details and lovely colours. I like the soft background too and the composition is excellent.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-12-04 15:45]

Bonjour Nick,
Très belle photo avec de belles couleurs. Excellent composition et BG.

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