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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-14 13:15
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Hello All
i dedicate this shot to my friend Jesus (jlinaresp) while he gives my great advise for noise reduction, it's my first try, this image had many noise in the BG and was not postable but thanks Jesus, now i can

THOUSEND THANKS, my friend jesus, i hope you like this shot, it's for you

i have taken this shot at the river near my house,

Calopteryx splendens

french : Agrion éclatant or Calopteryx éclatant or Calopteryx splendide.

The Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. It is an Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and north-western China

This is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 mm and a hindwing length of up to 36 mm.

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 body can be a metallic blue or blue-ish green.
The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip, and a metallic green body.

The nodus is the sharp dip mid-way down the upper edge of the wing. The wing patch of C. splendens starts at the nodus but can reach up to the wing-tip in southern races.

Eggs and larvae

Females can lay up to 10 eggs per minute for 45 minutes. They lay in a 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. When they are ready to moult into an adult, they climb up a suitable reed or plant and shed their skin.


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-flowing streams and rivers and sometimes canals.

Natural habitat areas

The Demoiselle is found in Taganay and Zyuratkul National Parks of Russia, being listed under protection in the Red Book of Chelyabinsk Oblast. They also live in National park of Fruška Gora in Serbia.
They are found in the British Isles in canals and quiet rivers with muddy bottoms, usually in open country, but are absent from far north. Not to be confused with C. virgo

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Hello Jacqueline! Amazing macro. Perfect exposure and capture. Superb light and bright, ideal colours. Marvelous sharpness. Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-14 13:56]

Hello Jacqueline!

Beautifull subject of this macro, one of most beautifull damselflies in interesting pose. Excellent composition, almost 3D, with lots of green shades on BG.

Hello Jacqueline!
Thank you so much my dear friend! ... This is a big surprise for me! Is a beautiful Damselfly, captured in a very particular and eloquent POV. I like the light level and the contrast, it must have been hard to find, but you've managed very well all environnment conditions and made a nice macro! Ahhhhh.... ¡The BG is very clean, homogeneous and deep! You have learned to manage well the noise filtering tools! ... bravooooo! :) ... congratulations!
I reiterate my appreciation for this beautiful gift today!
Regards, Jesús

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-14 22:20]

Hello Jacqueline,
A superb capture of a male Banded Demoiselle taken from a fine POV to show its features with excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Jacqueline,
une très belle photo de Agrion éclatant, parfait cadrage avec une très bonne nettetté et de couleurs splendides et naturelles.
Merci et félicitations
Ciao Maurizio

Hallo Jacqueline
This is beautiful macro. The dark colour of this Banded Damselfly shows beautifully against the greenery as backdrop. This is a super sharp image with details well focused and clearly seen. The very large black rounded eyes are a lovely asset to this specimen. I also like the familiar and classic rear in the air pose. A well worthy dedication to Jesus. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Jaqueline,

a very good presentation from the male, i haven't on photo.
Good[ pov, dof and blurred bg.
Fine colours.


Hi MF Jacqueline,

After a long trip including the Middle East i could find a pretext to visit TN now! Hope you are well!
BTW this ia a stunning image, seems perfect in every way. Great use of the DOF, everything looks amazingly sharp and focused as a result. Well done MF!
TFS and have a nice day!
Greetings from Syria, aka Sauna:))


Hello Jacqueline!
Excellent presentation of this beauty! Very good POV and DOF, fantastic details and background...
Great job!

Hi Jacqueline

Beautiful shot of my favourite damselfly species. Great sharpness and comosition. Good OOF background. Good NR too.


Ciao Jaqueline. Bit noised but interesting compo in good details and contrast. Beautiful natural compo and right gift for the great Jesus.


Ciao Jacqueline, great macro of beautiful damselfly with fantastic metallic colors, superb sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, fine details, very well done my friend, brava, ciao Silvio

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-07-15 14:11]

Bonjour Jacqueline,

Voici un caloptéryx très bien capturé! Bravo!
C'est un odonate que j'aime particulièrement!

Bonne fin de journée


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-15 15:54]
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Salut Brigitte,hier j'ai fait une vrai guerre avec ces maudites demoiselles en cherchant de faire des belles photos...mais sans un resultat suffisant.Pour ca je suis etonne' de la beaute' de ta photo,tu es alle' tres proche,details magnifiques mais sourtout la perfection de ce bleu metallique toujours difficile...mes plus gros compliments et bonne nuit si tu es encore la'...Luciano.

Hi, Jacqueline,
Excellent composition. Excellent sharpness. Amazing contrast of colors. Congratulations, Ferran

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-17 6:32]

Hello Jacqueline
Great shot of the pretty Damselfly, nicely composed with a great POV and pose, nice sharp detail and I love the vivid greens BG and metalic colours.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-18 3:18]

Hello Jacqueline,
superb blue against the neat green. i like the rich and intense coloured dragonfly in splendid sharpness.
The wings are very sharp and it is the fluorescent beauty body make it so attractive.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-18 8:52]

Hello Jacqueline,
What a fantastic clear photo in very beautiful contrasting colours. Superb sharpness and a pleasing composition. Great POV and DOF.

Hello Jacqueline
congratulations for beautiful macro, excellent clarity and contrast. great POV
and background
thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2010-07-18 11:18]

Hi Jacqueline
Very nice picture of this damselfly
Great sharpness and color


Bonjour Jacqueline,

Excellent macro shot with great sharpness and colors. The noise reduction procedure was successful, there's very-very few noise left, but it's sometimes unavoidable with Neat Image free demo version. A great image overall, congrats and tfs - above all, a wonderful dedication to our friend Jesús, the master of damselflies. :)

Any news with Val and her baby? Sorry for the question, but Your daughter's in an inactive period now on TN, and I'de like to know if everything's OK.

Friendly regards, László

Hello Jacqueline,

Well captured, well composed, good focus, very excellent tone/sharpness and a artistic macro photograph!
You're capturing well this blue dragonfly sitting a curved leaf by sensitive touch. Especially, It's beautiful just the art and body/eye is brilliant. And, it harmonizes well on the contrast between this front object and the background with blurred image.

Best regards,

Geia sou Jacqueline
Very nice picture of this damselfly
Great sharpness and color
Filika Giorgos

hello Jacqueline
super pose with good details and great sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-19 14:52]

Hello Jacqueline,
Very nice macro of this lovely damselfly taken from a great POV and very good colors.TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-20 7:53]

Hello Jacqueline,
A great dedication to Jesus who is a precious member of this site!! Your capture is wonderful of C. splendens in a lovely pose. All in focus, lovely colours and no noise in the background! Well framed too!
TFS and best wishes,Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-21 5:04]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
J'avais raté cette beauté, une libellule qui n'est pas fréquente dans mon environnement immédiat. Je me souviens les avoir vues en nombre lors d'un séjour en France. Un présentation impeccable, bien équilibrée et avec une belle juxtaposition du vert et du bleu. Bravo!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-22 22:14]

Hi Jacqueline.
My congratulations on such wonderful picture of a charming damselfly. Leaf, insect on it are tack sharp and fine BG is nicely coloured and blurred. Composition of the shot, framing of the scene are amazing too. Bravo. Perfect work.

Dear Jacqueline,
What an UNIQUE image!!!
Am sure our TN Jesus from Venuzuela will love THIS one.
Loved it.
Great notes too!!!
Mario with regards from Canada.
P.S. How is daughter doing???

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-07-23 20:59]

Hello Jacqueline,
Such a lovely image you have posted of this very colorful damselfly. We have one here in Ohio called the Ebony Jewelwing which looks very similar to this one. Excellent detail and gorgeous natural colors shown with just the right exposure. Well done!!

bonjour Jacqueline

une superbe photo en close de cette insecte prise par un excellent POV
et cadrage approprié, superbement focusé avec une grande netteté et détails,
et également un excellent contact visuel, TFS


Hellow Jacqueline,
Exceptional sharpness with the perfect exposure levels to have created this really impressive dragon fly close up.Amazing mixture of greens and blues, impressive pic!

merhaba Jacqueline
very nice macro shot of beautiful damselfly against blurry BG. you nicely isoled it from similar colored BG. sharp details, POV/OOF and composition very nice as like coloration. it is also very nice dedication to our friend Jesus.
thanks for sharing. have a good night

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-09-12 15:05]

Hi Jacqueline,

Another superb photo. Cristal clear and with beatiful colours.



Giten Tag, Jacqueline,
subtiles, fein komponiertes, sehr detailreiches Portrait von Calpoteryx splendens vor einem malerisch aufgelösten zartgrünen Hintergrund. Sehr gelungen!
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

hello Jacqueline, a beautiful Demoiselle in a special macro shot, bravo!
TFS Nasos

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