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Azure Damselfly

Azure Damselfly
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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: 2009-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-16 10:54
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Male Azure Damselfly was taken on Sunday at the local nature reserve.

Coenagrion puella Male/

Thanks to Ivan ID of this Damselfly which i thought was a common Blue it now turns out to be the Coenagrion puella.
We are lucky to have members with this vast knowledge to help us.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-16 10:58]

Hello Nicholas,
Very nice picture of the damesfly. I like the composition very much. also the colours and sharpness is great.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Nick,

Great shot
Lovely compo with good natural colors and great sharpnes
Beautiful POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

Hi Nick,

A very good shot, fine focus and dof showing very good detail, good oof bg. Colours are good and natural, lighting is good. TFS
regards Bill

The blue is set off well against the dark green backdrop. It is also among my favorite of blues...Almost but not quite a Regal Blue...Beautiful art Nick!

Hello Nick,
a wonderful macro shot of the Common Blue Damselfly, i like this very nice composition and the superb sharpness, a marvellous contrast of the very beautiful colours, very well done.
Best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-16 11:28]

Hello Nicholas
Nice capture with vivid colors and great details.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-16 11:40]

Hello Nic,
Very impressive capture of Enallagma showing it very sharply against the blade of grass. Lovely colours too and a very fine composition. It is common here too but, as you say, easy to confuse with the other 'blues'.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-16 12:07]
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Hello Nic,
As I'm in on a county dragonfly survey I have begun to be able recognise the various species and this fine sharp macro makes the job easy to say that this is a male Coenagrion puella, shown by the black line on the side of the thorax and by the tip of the abdomen. The intense blue and the Y-type mark at the top of the abdomen are also typical. These little beauties are not easy, but I think my ID is correct.
A very nice macro!
Thanks and all the best,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-16 12:09]

Hello Nick,
Great clarity in this photo. The colours of the Blue Damselfly on the light coloured leave are very beautiful. Excellent sharpness and a lovely composition. Beautiful OOF BG.

Hi Nick,

Just 3 weeks on hollyday about 2 weeks, ofcourse I'll come back.
This Azure damselfly stands very sharp on the picture wirh good structures and details.
Fine colours.


Hi Nick, a great macro of this pretty damselfly with excellent details, warm colours, wonderful POV and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-16 13:12]

Hello Nicholas,

Excellent shot of Coenagrion puella!

Great colours and sharpeness!



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-16 14:35]

Hi Nico,as your your last red damselfy,this is another fantastic work.This time too the colors are incredibles,what a high and perfect saturation! And what a impressive sharpness too...leave the birds go on the insects world..ehhe..you are a great artist (i tell so because i like insects..eheh),have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-16 16:14]

Hola Nick,
sobresaliente macro,
esplÚndido foco y color,
saludos amigo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-16 17:26]

Hi Nick.
I have not met any dragonfly or damselfly in this year yet. You are luckier. You have opportunity to take such wonderful photos of so beautiful species. Subject is classic for this charming creature. Diagonal composition created by inclined leaf is fine as well as crisp sharp details of the insect and its "stage" and blurriness of the nice BG. Well done and kind wishes.

Hi Nicholas.
Very nice image.
Great clarity and great details.

Ciao Nick, elegant damselfly with beautiful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

An excellent macro, Nick!
Very sharp and beautifully composed!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-17 6:20]

bonjour Nicholas, your pictures are always perfectly shot, with a superb dof and background, beautiful sharpness. This damoiselle is very pretty with its blue ornament. Thank you!


Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful damselfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Nicholas!
a perfect capture with diagonal leaf
for this blue damselfly...
excellent definition and wam colors

best sERGIO

Hello Nicholas
Very beautiful Shot of this Azure Damselfly, his blue color is superb
crisp clear details, it's not easy while this damselflies are very small
composition, pose, BG and POV are excellent
Have a good night

Ciao Nicholas. Perfect focus and amazing vivid colours. Good diagonal compo.


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