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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: 2008-05-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, 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: 2008-09-10 9:16
Viewed: 2841
Points: 66
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Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

This damselfly, especially the male like this one, is a popular subject on TN and it needs no special introduction, though this is only the second time that I have posted this species. It is common in most of Europe, except the Iberian Peninsula.

It suffices to say that this is a picture of a male taken by a medium size river about 12km from my home, but this year both species of Calopteryx have been less common than usual.

Its close relative, C. virgo has entirely bluish-black wings. Often the two species can be seen in the same habitat, though virgo seems to prefer faster flowing streams with clearer water.

The female is green with pale brownish transparent wings.

I took this shot at a distance of about 2.0 meters (6.5 ft) with my camera hand-held.
After slight cropping and size reduction this image was selectively sharpened.

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Hi dear Ivan ,
Nice macro with great details.
Nice sharpness and BG is excellent too.
Kind regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-10 9:25]

Hi Ivan. As you say this is a insect we see often on TN but when you look at its beauty you know why. Your picture is a first class one with sharp focusing and fine detail. I love the blue / green colours in the male. Good use of the light to give a shine. I to have not seen so many down by the river this year but the water has been vey high. TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-10 9:29]

hi ivan,
beautiful composition and nice diagnol position of the damselfly. amazing depth showing the entire fly in focus. the cris cross grass blades adds to the image except they are little brighter, may be because of dark subject here. tfs.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-10 9:49]

Hi Ivan!

I like very much both species of Calopteryx. They're very fragile and just different from rest of d-flies. Good mix of shinning blue and green. Details on eye, wings and jaws are very well visible. Good POV also. These creatures are rather shy so 2m seems to be reasonable distance for good shot.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-09-10 10:14]

hello sir
Amazing macro!!
all details are perfectly lit up.
the sharpness is razor sharp..catchlight is also well seen :-)

Hi, Ivan,

a great capture with beautiful colours, details and composition!! an excellent photo in all aspects!! tfs.

just want to say Hi before I take a half-year break from TN. many thanks for the encouragement, pointers and insightful notes all along. i have had a great time at TN. But I guess it's time for me to stay focused on my study and the Final Exam, which is just less than 5 months away.

take care, my respected TN friend. I will certainly miss you and other photography mentors here.

Man Yee

Hello Ivan, great close-up capture of this small damselfly.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-10 11:29]

Hello Ivan
Superb shot of this beautiful damselfly with nice composition and details! TFS and Regards, Mehmet

Hallo Ivan,

Good close up from this beautiful Damselfly, I have only the female and this specie are rare in the Netherlands.
I like the glimming from the wings.
Very good exposure time and sharpness and also the pov.


Hello Ivan,

Not only is this wonderfully detailed and sharply focussed but it is presented very artistically on a true diagonal. Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-10 11:55]

Hello Ivan,

Excellent capture of this damselfly. Really fantastic reproduction of this beauty with an excellent light and great sharpness. Excellent composition too. Wonderful colours.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-10 12:56]

Hi Ivan,

This may be rather common on TN but there is nothing ordinary about this shot. The colors are magnificent - gorgeous blues and greens. The wings are spectacular with a wonderful glow. Perfect pose on the perfect leaves. Beautiful composition.


Hi Ivan!
Nice and really summer picture :) I like natural likght and POV, a male looks very good in this pose.
2m deitance is a huge distance as for macro but the effect is very nice :)
Best greetings from Lodz,

Excelente juego de geometrías Ivan, con un magnífico control de la luz a pesar de su fuerte intensidad. Colores y texturas complicadas de captar pero resolviste bien. Bello conjunto y una buena lección de encuadre.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Ivan,
Excellent close-up of this Banded Demoiselle. Good POV and composition, sharp very well displayed details and bright natural colours.

Hello Ivan.
Great macro!
very interesting composition; fine metallic colours.
Perfect framing and very well detailed.
My compliments!
José Roberto

merhaba Ivan
Nice to see another great macro from your SLR camera. You captured metallic and splended colored damselfly with a great shot. Focus, POV and lighting great as like frame. Your notes always great. Species' characteristics and differences between virgo and splendens are nicely given. Çok teşekkür ederim. best regards my friend

All of the photos i have seen today are great but this one is among you r new top notch iamges Ivan...Very clear and stands out well..It would be fun to get together with you becuase I feel as though you have very much you could teach me!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-10 22:53]

Hi Ivan

Outstanding shot of this damselfly - the lighting, pose and detail are all lovely.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-10 23:02]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Banded Demoiselle with immaculate sharpness and clear details. The natural lighting is handled expertly and a fine pose captured here. The sheen on its wings and body is so special. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Hi Ivan,
What a beautiful presentation.
I like so much the artistic quality of it, is one of these times when the subject lends its presence to be part of a higher level of image, a one of fine quality.
Love the directions pointed by the leaves, the nice DOF, the subtle contrast of the metallic colours, and the composition.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Warm regards,

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Banded Damselfly. Very well composed with sharp details. 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)
  • [2008-09-11 3:28]

Hi Ivan

A wonderful shot of this lovely species :)
It's indeed a gracious damselfly, and no matter how many photos i see photos of it, i still think it's very beautiful.
You managed to use the natural contrast very well here, and even though you don't have the blurriest BG possible, you succeeded in distancing the subject from the leaves very well by a great light control.
That aside, you've got some excellent sharpness, a nice composition and wonderful colors.

Bravo and TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-11 4:15]

Hi Ivan,this is very common but very difficult to take so close! Beautifull details and sharpness,maybe need a little colors,impressive POV,thanks a lot for share,Luciano

Hi Ivan

It certainly is one of the most beautiful damsels around and I always give smilies to anyone who posts a good shot. Great sharpness and DOF as usual.


Hej Ivan
Really good shot of this metallic guy captured with excellent details!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-11 7:08]

Hi Ivan
Beautiful closed up .Good POV and sharp image.Colors and detail are excellent.The light on the insect is also very good.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-11 8:13]

Hello Ivan,
A photo in amazing sharpness and clear colours. The details on the legs, wings and head are impressive. Outstanding composition with a beautiful BG.
Kind regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-11 14:36]

Excellent photo of this Banded Demoiselle, Ivan!
The composition is great!
Very sharp with fine detail.
Lovely colours.

Well done,

Hi Ivan,

What an absolutely stunning shot of this beautiful Male Banded Demoiselle, the colours are amazing, and the detail is equally amazing, just a perfect shot, lovely work, tfs,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-11 21:48]

Hello Ivan, beautiful shot and a good one. Nice clarity and superb focus. Great view. ganesh

Ciao Argus, elegant damoisell with fantastic light on wings, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and great details, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan
Nice sharp image (with only very very minimal OOF on head) with good diagonal composition and perfect OOF background. Also good exposure in a strong sun
I like it very much

Hello Ivan

Excellent photo of this insect, with fine POV,
the way is framed, and great DOF, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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