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My First Damselfly

My First Damselfly
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma Apo 150mm f/2.8 EX macro DG, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1, World of Damseflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 4:32
Viewed: 4316
Points: 60
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I am pleased to post my first Damselfly shot. I tried many times earlier but never managed to get any decent capture to post here. This damselfly was perched on a small leaf. I had enough time to get the tripod and start captureing imgaes.

I selected high dof value of f.22 and the slow shutter speed to get the total insect body in sharp focus.

The composition is as taken and i havent done any cropping ( sorry, a bit of cropping has been done here which i forgot, Thanks a lot nagraj for correcting me) .

The image has been resized and framed for final presentation.

With the 150 mm macro i will be focusing on spiders, damselfly and small critters of this world.

I have no idea about the species of this damselfly and any help in this regard will be appreciated.

Your critiques and comments are most welcome.

Information from wikipedia:

The Damselfly (Suborder Zygoptera) is an insect in the Order Odonata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along, and parallel to, the body when at rest. Furthermore, the hindwing of the damselfly is essentially similar to the forewing, while the hindwing of the dragonfly broadens near the base, caudal to the connecting point at the body. Damselflies are also usually smaller, weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated.

Damselflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, with an aquatic nymphal stage. The female lays eggs in water, sometimes in underwater vegetation, or high in trees in bromeliads and other water-filled cavities. Nymphs are carnivorous, feeding on daphnia, mosquito larvae, and various other small aquatic organisms. The gills of damselfly nymphs are large and external, resembling three fins at the end of the abdomen. After moulting several times, the winged adult emerges and eats flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects

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To anilnediyara: i will checkpankajbajpai 1 11-23 17:32
To horia: i am happypankajbajpai 1 11-23 17:30
To nagraj: thanks a lotpankajbajpai 1 11-23 06:54
To batu: namaste peter and thankspankajbajpai 1 11-23 04:52
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-23 4:38]

Hello Pankaj,
The point of view and the background are superb. You have also captured some amazing facts about Damselflies.

Best regards Siggi

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2008-11-23 4:38]

Hello Pankaj.
You've made a beautiful shot of it, sharp from head to tail.
I think this is a Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Gr. Hans

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-23 4:49]
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Namaste Pankaj,
this is a fine picture of Agriocnemis pygmaea (family Coenagrionidae).
Well focused and perfect background. Sharpness of the legs is a bit soft (probably due to movement).
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Pankaj,
Damselflies usually hard to capture since their thiny bodies, at least for me. You managed very nicely, with a great macro. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-23 5:46]

hello Pankaj,
For a first damselfly picture, it's a very beautiful one! I like the simple, diagonal composition and the fine colors of damselfly and background. Very subtle shot indeed.
Thanks Pankaj
Best regards

Namaste Pankaj,
congrats to your first damselfly-shot here.
It's very good, I love the sharpness and the wonderful green colour of this pretty guy.
I guess you love your macro-lens now very much, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-23 5:53]

Hi Pankaj,
Your first but one of the best. You really are putting your new lens to great use. Very neat and sharp image of this elegant Damselfly with lovely colours and clear details. Beautiful lighting and a fine pose captured with spot-on focus and perfect DOF. The BG looks superb. Excellent composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-23 5:57]

Hello Pankaj,
What a superb macro of your first Damselfly!! Details are very sharp and the colours beautiful. A very fine composition too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hi pankaj,
beautiful looking damselfly here, great colors and details. this looks like square format and you said no cropping. f stops are not called dof value and your 1/60 sec is not slow shutter speed. tfs.

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice capture of this beautiful Damselfly. Excellent POV and composition, sharp details and brigh colours. I especially like the way its hanging on the leaf.

Hi Pankaj,
Great use of fill flash, with nice DOF, color, and details.
The damsel stands out very well on this light BG.
I like the diagonal presentation/comp aslo :)
Well done!

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-23 6:51]

Hello Pankaj,

Yes we have both posted shots of damselfly today, same pinch ;-). I like the focusing, sharpness and composition a lot. Nice POV and details. I think this is a damselfly from Coenagrionidae family - Ischnura. You can look it up. TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-23 6:57]

Hello Pankaj,
A great macro of this damselfly, especially as it is your first of this insect group on TN!
All the features are shown with excellent sharpness and lighting against a suitable BG that are presented from a great POV and in a fine composition.
TFS this beauty,

Well who would have thought it? You with no damselfly...hmmmm..Well you surely have one now and you waited until th perfect one after some false starts..You know your pictures and when one should be posted or not...You took some self doubt when trying out landscapes, but each to it's own..and your specialties will always be these insects and such.

Hi Pankaj,
Good diagonal composition, powered by clear and sharp picture is a treat to watch!
Goutham R

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-11-23 8:06]

Hello Pankaj!

Excellent first try of damselfy photo! Very clean, diagonal composition. All insect is sharp and colorfull. I also like pale BG. Good work and I hope we'll see more soon!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-23 8:42]

Hi Pankaj.
Your first presentation of a sweet insect is great. Simple but very impressive subject and right diagonal composition create a nice impression. DOF and details are superb and colours of the shot are fine. Well done and kind regards.

Hi Pankaj,
Nice macro, good lighting supplemented with fill flash. Stopping down to f22 to get more DOF may leave yo with softer pictures because diffraction of very small aperture, hence it is better to limit your f stop within the range that gives you best MTF. You can check Sigma web page for MTF of your model normally it will be between f8 - f16.

Hello Pankaj,
excellent capture
great DOF and perfect composition

best sERGIO

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-23 10:41]

Merhaba Pankaj,
This is an excellent capture! Details, light and colors are amazing. Very good composition and POV.


  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-23 11:15]

Perfect shot,Pankaj!
Sharpness,details and colors are excellent. TFS.

PT :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-23 11:41]

Hi Pankaj,

It's hard to believe this is your first damselfly! It is wonderful. Brilliant colors and perfect focus of the entire insect. A superb background and marvelous diagonal composition.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-23 12:09]

Hola Pankaj,
extraordinaria macro,
bello foco y excelente pov y foco...
saludos amigo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-23 13:31]
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Hi Pankaj

A lovely first damsel post here from you, my friend!
I like your approach here and the attempt to get the entire subject in full focus.
The thing about damsel shots is that they are so thin that sometimes it's difficult to get a parallel POV so that you'd have the best setting.
Anyway, you managed a nice shot, with great light and colors and also a good, even BG.

Bravo and TFS

PS: could you please give me your honest opinions about this lens you used here? I'm thinking of getting one, too and i need as many "critiques"on it as possible :) Thanks in advance!

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful damselfly at that.
The eyes are like jewels.
Excellent colour saturation and light.
The DOF is well done,I like the focus on the insect and wonderful OOF BG.
Nicely composed in the frame.
A job well done.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-23 21:47]

Hello pankaj,

You have made a very nice photo with this beautiful insect. I like the composition with very few elements allowing viewer concentrate on the main subject. The image is sharp showing very well fine details of the insect. DOF was well addapted so that the whole insect is in focus.

Thank you for sharing,

Hallo Pankaj
This is really amazingly beautiful. Looking at photos like this one of yours, fills me with excitement, hoping and dreaming that maybe one day I’ll also be able to take a shot of a damselfly with details as clear as this one. Remarkable photo with lots of character. Thanks for sharing one of " Natures metallic wonders."
Kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-24 9:04]

Hello Pankaj, Finally you managed to shoot a sitter. Superb colors and sharpness. Ganesh

Hello Pankaj,

Excellent capture of this damselfly. Good composition. Excellent focus. Superb vivid colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-24 13:16]

Hi Pankaj,
a fine capture of this Damselfly... especially seeing as this is your first ever shot of one!
Very good sharpness and clarity.
Great blurry BG.
Superb diagonal composition.
Lovely vibrent colours.
I'm suprised at how shallow the DOF is for f/22 but it's not a problem in this shot.

Very well done,

Very daring to use aperture value 22, Pankaj. But then that's what we call experimentation and you have succeeded in this venture. The image of this pretty damselfly is sharp and faultless.
You have started using your 150mm with quite ease and confidence, so happy shooting with it and all the best!

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