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Calopteryx splendens

Calopteryx splendens
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Mora Close-up 58mm +4
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 8:56
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Calopterygidae
Genus: Calopteryx
Species: C. splendens

The Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Motılice lesklá
is a European damselfly. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers.
The male has translucent wings which each have a broad dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown.
The female has translucent pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip, and a metallic green body.
Eggs and larvae
Females can lay up to 10 eggs per minute for 45 minutes. They lay in wide variety of emergent or floating plants, sometimes even submerging to do so. The eggs hatch after 14 days. The larvae have very long legs and are stick-shaped. They develop over two years, usually. They tolerate muddy water and overwinter buried in mud.
Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found in lush bankside plants and on floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found among mature slow streams and rivers, sometimes canals.
(source:Wikipedia encyclopedia)

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Milos, Perfect BG, great colours, good POV. well done, Kiran

A beautiful creature Milos and captured so well.

It's sharp throughout and those colours are saturated really well.


Hello Milos
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing ,composition and BG,
Perfect lighting and DOF,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

fantastic colors wonderful focus excellent DOF nice catchlight in the eye

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-19 9:34]

Hi Milos,
Outstanding shot of this damselfly. Lovely colours, very impressive sharpness and fine focus. Excellent POV and DOF and a neautral BG. Awesome wings and the sheen on them is just fantastic. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Milos,
a beautiful picture, the wings really shimmering in all kinds of colour tones.
Well composed and fine details.
Well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-19 10:40]

Hi Milos,
The wings look great.I liked those shimmering tones a lot. Good POV, focus and composition.TFS

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-19 10:51]

Hello Milos,
striking picture of this damsel. From this pov the dark wings are well visible. Sharp and good colours. Bit high in contrast perhaps, but nothing serious.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-19 11:36]

Very nice shot,Milos!
Sharpness,details and colors are excellent. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-19 11:52]

Hello Milos,
Beautiful close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.BG,colors,framing and lighting are exclelent.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-19 11:57]

Hi Milos.
Your damselfly picture is simply great. Pictured specimen is amazing, DOF are outstanding as well as the colour and detail reproduction. Composition of the shot is blameless, captured scene at whole is so cute. Bravo and my kind regards.


Splendid Damselfly. You have captured the texture of the wings and the reflections very well.

Murali Santhanam

bonjour milos
splendens ou virgo!
toujours est il que la photo est particulierement reussie,et j'aime beaucoup ce POV.
le DOF est egalement parfait.

hi milos,
lovely capture, very sharp image with good details, lovely colours, nice pov, the metalich shine looks lovely,
tfs & regards

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-19 17:04]

Hello Milos, Fantastic shot of this beautiful dragonfly. Very sharp and colorful, great POV and composition..well done

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-19 23:34]

Hello Milos,
You have certainly captured the beauty of this striking damselfly. What a fablous metallic color that is so visible in the perfect light. Stunning details in the wings. Entire damselfly is in exceptional focus. And, what an outstanding angle. It is great POV. The background is very pleasing and the DOF is excellent. TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-20 3:05]

Hello Milos,
The colour-combination is exceptional, the Caloptoryx splendens of course a wonderful creature. Interesting pose also.
Schönes Bild

What is amzing is that you do not use even a tripod in taking such fantastic pictures, Milos.
The image is supremely beautiful.
I like that area of flat dark on one of the wings.
Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful image.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-20 10:03]

Hello Milos,
this capture is stunning, not only for its perfect details and sharpness, but also for its fabulous composition.

Very good colors and detail Milos.
Great DOF, exposure, BG, POV, and composed nicely. :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-21 11:12]

Hello Milos,
What a splendid capture of this C. splendens!
I've tried to get it with the wings spread out but it is really difficult. Fantastic sharp details and colours against the soft brown background. Very beautiful composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-21 18:12]

WOW! What a fantastic macro of this beautiful damselfly! I love the POV, details, bg and marvellous composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hi Milos, splendid macro with amazing details, great sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

Hello Milos,
I like the point of view, exposing this impressive insect against this enhancing background!
Attractive composition and excellent details, sharpness in details is amazing...
Pablo -

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-25 13:26]

Hola Milos,
preciosa captura,
brillante macro,
texturas y detalles excelentes,
buen pov,

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-06-27 15:09]

Hello Milos,

WOW!!! What a splendid and wonderful picture and insect!!!

The nice uniform bg compliments so well the animal and I'm very impressed by the wings details!

Excellent focus, exposition (not easy here) and POV!!!

You can be very proud of this picture!!!



What a beautiful and detailed damsefly you've captured here. His iridescent colours are a nice compliment to the colour of the background. Great note.
TFS Janice

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