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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-08 12:02
Viewed: 1479
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) is a European damselfly. It is often found among fast-flowing waters.

The male usually has much more extensive pigmentation on the wings than other Calopteryx species in its range: in the south east of its range (the Balkans and Turkey) the wings are entirely metallic blue while in other areas, there are clear areas at the base and tip of the wing. Immature insects often have much paler, browner wings. They have metallic blue-green bodies and blue-green eyes.

The female has dark brown iridescent wings, a white patch near the tip of the wings and a metallic green body with a bronze tip of the abdomen.

The distribution of the Beautiful Demoiselle covers all of Europe with the exception of the southwestern Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands and Iceland. In the north it extends to the Arctic polar sea, and thus much further north than that of the banded demoiselle. On the North African Mediterranean coast, its southern populations in Morocco and Algeria can be found.[1] The northern boundary in Asia following the 13-C July isotherm , it is therefore not in the areas where the average temperature in summer below 13C falls, otherwise they are met with in temperate and cool regions in the entire continent with the exception of deserts and the mountains of. The eastern subspecies of C. v. japonica found on the Japanese islands is under debate as to whether it is a separate species. The Beautiful Demoiselle is mostly found in lowland locations. Regular findings come from areas up to a maximum height of 980 m above sea level. Occasionally they may be found up to 1,200 meters in altitude, such as in the Alps.

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Hello Mr.Marius,
Excellent one!!
Thanks for your great contribution here in TN,
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-08 12:12]

Hello Marius,
This is really perfection in all aspects. Even the smallest details are details. The colours are splendid and with this background it's a masterpiece.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-07-08 12:26]

Hi Marius.
I wished many years to take similar shot of damselflies. I think it is my future. For you it is the past and the present and of course the future too. Brilliant job with terrific colours, fantastic tiny details and wonderful composition. My congratulations.

Hello Marius, dear friend and neighbour,

Hope you are well and life with nature and your own family is good. I owe you loads of comments but I am so busy and sorry for not offering frequent comments. However, I am as ever thankful to friends like you and others who encourage some of us busy bees when we post photos after a long time,it is great blessing of TN that we have such wonderful people here.

Now the shot and who can deny this fact that it is one hell of a classic shot!A top-notch thing!There is nothing lacking in this superb shot of great perfection. Thanks a lot for sharing. take care,

warm regards,


hallo Marius
super good sharpness and nice composition with very good light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks again
gr lou

Ciao Marius, great macro of elegant damselfly on beautiful blurry BG, superb sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-07-08 13:24]

Hello Marius,
This species is favorite many lovers nature photo. Your result is very good. Damselfly against clear green BG look splendidly.
Regards, Pawel

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-08 13:38]

Hello Marius.
a very beautiful macro of this delicate insect. I love those colors, POV, DOF, composition and details, especially on its wings. This is very well done.Regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-08 14:32]

Hi Marius,the top of perfection for this beautiful damselfy,always difficult to take because the light reflections on the blue,perfect details everywhere in a classic pose,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2013-07-08 18:41]

Hello Marius!
Wow!!! What a incredible pic!!!Really great!Amazing sharpness and so fine details.Well done!TFS
Thanks also for visiting my gallery!I appreciated it!
Best regards,

Hello Marius,
A stunning macro.
simply superb! sharpness and colour is awesome.
great picture indeed.
best regards,

Hi Marius,
really nice dragonfly. A lot of details. Perfect point of view and presentation.
Have a nice day,

Another great photo Marius! Beautiful subject, very good composition, wonderful BG, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

Hello Marius,
照的很清楚 也很美麗 非常乾淨亮麗
背景深遂 無限想像空間

Salut Marius,
o fotografie superba cu fine detalii,culori frumoase si un fundal de vis.Felicitari Cosmin.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-07-11 10:51]

Hi Marius,
Another great macro image. Excellent detail and focus.
Nice blurred background and nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-07-13 10:05]

Shalom Marius,

This is a superb catch! Clean, simple, with great colors and finest details!



Ciao Marius. Details and sharp perefect agains the brigh blurred BG. DOF is very good too. best compliments.


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