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Damsel on the Rocks

Damsel on the Rocks
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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: 2005-11-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 9:14
Viewed: 4461
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This damselfly, known as the Rockmaster (Diphlebia Euphaeoides) seems to be fairly common near streams in Queensland.

We saw it when we visited a nature reserve called Granite Gorge, south of Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Here it really lived up to its vernacular name, resting on the hot rocks by a clear gushing stream. It is almost 5 cm long.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-11 9:26]

Hello Ivan,
I like the spare but distinctive colours here. Nice to see the dragonfly and its shadow: wings and wing shadows on the rock surprisingly have identical colours. The bright sunlight (?) is well managed.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful colors of this damselfly you've captured.I like the shadow reflection a lot.
Well done.

Nice shot Ivan the details look sharp and the sandstone colour is great as a background contrasting nicely with the blue good composition TFS rgds Necip.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-11 9:44]

Hi Ivan,
amazing species. I am totaly unknown to the Australian nature, but this seems like a large damselfly.
Well displayes. Mayby the rock could be burned a little to focus on the damselfly.
Regards, Jacob

Hello Ivan,
Nice shot with shadow that I almost mistaken as a double. Well light control with so sign of overexposure. Vivid color and great sharpness. Very well done and tfs this fine picture.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-11 9:58]

Hi Ivan,
Great capture, with nice colors, harsh lighting was handled well to end up with the great shadows which are almost confussing. Thanks for sharing Ivan.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-11 10:55]

Hi Ivan,
This is a nice close up shot of the damselfly.
Colors,details and point of view are superb.
Well done.

I am intrigued by the shadows the insect and particularly its wings cast on the rock, Ivan. This is an interesting phenomenon you have seen and captured well here.

Hello Ivan,

excllent shot perfect detail svery crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent job

TFs Kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-11 13:44]

Hi Ivan.
Very well done close-up. I an impressed with wonderful rich colours, excellent lighting, perfect details and nice composition of your picture. I like its exact DOF and perfect detailed BG. My compliments and TFS.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-02-11 14:12]

Hi Ivan,
The combination of the damsel fly and its shadows below is very attractive.An illusion has been created and it is difficult to tell what is real and what is a shadow.Lovely natural blue of its body caught in the strong light and excellent detail and clarity.Good stuff....TFS.
Regards, David

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-11 15:17]

Hi Ivan

Another exotic beauty from you!
This is really a superb damselfly!
I also saw this species (i think) at some of Chris Chafer's posts, but this one sure looks great!
The details, colors and contrast are all splendid!
I like the shadow on the rock, too.
Very good exposure and interesting composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-11 18:00]

Hello Ivan

A very nicely composed shot of this damselfly.The colours are well saturated and the contrast looks good.Well chosen POV do show this insect and very good DOF.The details are sharp .TFS


Hello Ivan!
Very interesting species, I have never seen it before. By the way, does it belong to family Calopterygidae???
According to the technical aspects I think that better DOF would be nice :)
Best greetings,

Excellent shot Ivan,
"Damsel on the Rocks"..Very fitting title considering its common name is "Rockmaster".
Nice sharp detail and well exposed with good color.
Lets see..So this damselfly is on the "rocks" and is called a "Rockmaster", and was shot at "Granite Gorge". Now that's a rocky road..and I don't mean ice cream ;-}}
Nice work mf.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-12 6:17]

Hello Ivan,
wonderful colours and a lot of nice details.I like it ! Very well done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-12 9:30]

Very beautiful specimen very well depicted Ivan.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: ****
Background: ***
Bokeh: **
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: ***
Note: **

The bottom where it poses the insect it is not the ideal, but the sharpness and clarity of the image deserve their publication.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Good shot of this Tropical Rockmaster Ivan. You did quite well the adults I saw in Mossman Gorge were really hard to get near.

Good composition and sharpness.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-13 21:05]

Hello Ivan,
Very interesting damselfly! Whole different that the European species. I like very much the shadow it created on the rock!
Best greetings and TFS!

Hi Ivan,
Good to see you again. How are you? :-)
Lovely damselfly you've captured!! I love this species of Diphlebia sp.
Excellent details, wonderful colours and POV, well done!
Regards and TFS,

Hello Ivan

What a beautiful photo. Even the shadow is needle sharp. Excellent pose and a great result.
Thanks for your kind words about my tiger photos. You have given me a great boost of encouragement.



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