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Blue-tailed Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-800, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-17 3:05
Viewed: 2914
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm not 100% but I think this is a Blue-tailed Damselfly.

I hope you like it!

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischnura elegans

Size: Wingspan approximately 40mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to September

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.

Food: Small flying insects.

Special features: The abdomen is usually all black with a bright blue segment near the end. This species is quite common, and can even be found around polluted ponds.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-17 4:22]

Hello Joe,
Wow, what striking colours in this brilliant capture of Ishnura elegans! Excellent DOF and sharp details that stand out against the fine smooth background. I like its pose on the leaf too. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Wonderful sharp details and great background, great shot

Hola Joe,
Una composición bonita y elegante de este bello odonato, buena definición, luz y color, gracias por compartirla, saludos
José Ramón

hello Joe
Since I was in my homeland, I can visit your last posts newly. This is great capture for beautiful damselfly. superb focus and coloration. POV/OOF and BG very nice. You managed very well captuing of this tiny insect. Thanks for sharing, well done

Preciosa Joe y además con un conseguido formato. Tonalidades muy bien capradas y luz muy interesante.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-17 6:15]

Hello Joe,
A very nice macro of a female Ischnura elegans taken from a fine POV with excellent sharpness, lighting and colours. I like the diagonal composition on the tip of the leaf against the green bokeh BG too.
Nice one and thanks for sharing it!

The bright colours on the thorax and tail-end of this Damselfly are a delight to look at, Joe.
As usual, this image is outstanding in terms of both technical and aesthetic qualities.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Joey !
Wow, what a wonderful picture ! This is such a beautiful insect, and you managed to capture him very nicely. Excellent sharpness and details, vivid colors, beautiful composition and POV, and a wonderful blurred BG to make the insect stand out. Very well done!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-17 7:11]

Joe after a long time watching a damselfly. Good shot and sharp picture. The frame is too good. Ganesh

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-17 7:33]

Hi Joe,
Very beautiful capture of this lovely damselfly with fine colors and details. Very good and simple composition. tfs.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-12-17 9:29]

Hi Joe
Nice composition.Great POV and sharp image.colors and detail are outstanding.
TFS Michel

A fine subject and beautiful play of colours throughout the composition Joe, an expertly capture indeed!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-17 10:25]

Hi Joe,
Very nice close up.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked colors,DOF and details a lot.,Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-17 12:21]

Hi Joe,

It' been a while since we've seen a dragonfly from you. A nice one from last spring with the beautiful blue tail and that wonderful violet of the body. Captured in a great position. A perfect background and composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-17 12:21]

Hi Joe. I have not seen one with the body colours like this it may have been the sun. I like it very much . Once again you have good detail and fine use of the light. Shows up well from the plain BG. well done TFs.

Any news on the lens yet.

Hi Joe,
This a perfect shot of Blue-tailed Damselfly; excellent pose, POV, DOF, great composition, sharp fine details, bright natural colours, nicely blurred natural BG. Very well done!!

Hi Joe, fantastic colors for this elegant damselfly, great macro with fine details, lovely blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Joe,
una macro superlativa, bellissimo taglio compositivo, eccellente nitidezza con fantastici dettagli, colori brillanti e ben contrastati.

Hi Joe,
That body has a very definite purple tone,quite different to that of the tail.
I don't think I've seen one quite like this before.
Excellent composition with good details throughout.
Very nice capture.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-17 18:11]

Hello Joe,
As Tony the Tiger would say this isss Grrrrreat. Fabulous colors and razor sharp, equite work Joe, thank you.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-18 4:47]

Hi Joe

I think this is a Ischnura elegans, too, but anyway this is one splendid macro!
The tones and colors here are just terrific and it's them that first make the damsel stand out from the picture. Blue and green are always a top combination and this is a perfect example for that.
Other than those, the details are all impeccably sharp, the diagonal composition classic - always works - and the exposure is spot-on, retaining excellent details from everywhere.

Bravo and TFS

Hi OwlMan,
An impressive capture of an immature female Blue-tailed Damselfly with nice composition and colours.
TFS this Joe!

Hello Joe,

Wonderful sharp image with beautiful pov, dof and colours.


Hi Joe
Good capture of what may be an immature or slight variation of the Blue-tailed Damsel. Good blurry background means the subject stands out well.
Kind Regards

Very nice colors Joe, she's a beauty.
Great details, exposure, and amazing DOF for f/5.6
Well framed, nice POV and BG..
Hope Santa brings ya all you've wished for :)
Merry Christmas!

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