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Calopteryx splendens

Calopteryx splendens
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, 100 macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-15 23:46
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The ecological niche of the Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens in the Netherlands is open streams and rivers with a reasonable water quality. The next of kin the Beautiful Demoiselle(C. virgo) is much more restricted to small shadowed streams and has a limited distribution. How surprising it was to see that in the period we were in the Biebrza valley the Banded Demoiselle was much less abundant than the Beautiful Demoiselle. This one sat quietly when the weather was a bit cloudy. Could finally use the tripod for a picture and thus create my first sharpish picture of this damsel.

A point of self critique to the picture is the overexposed leaf. I tried to adjust that in photoshop, but it all looked very artificial. So I decided to leave it as it was.....

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-16 0:18]

Hello Jacob,
you show a perfect picture of the damselfly. In particular, I like the well reproduced wing surfaces
but also the sharp minute structures, suc as the short antennae and the 'spiny' legs.
Composition, colours and light are superb.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Jacob,

Great picture of this demoiselle. Splendid composition. Great sharpness, wonderful colours. The demoiselle stands out very well against the green blurred background.
Very well done,

Hello Jacob,
Fine sharpish damsel indeed. Well managed depth and clarity with beautiful details. The color and sharpness is pristine. I like it.

Hello Jacob
You did nice work capturing this Banded Demoiselle with good quality.
Well done & TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-16 1:18]

Hi Jacob, it's a great capture!! I love that green metallic colour. Very good sharpness, and even the hairs on the legs show up well. Good job

Merhaba Jacob,
The chosen "Beautiful Wings" is an exquisitely beautiful specimen, your viewpoint simply perfect, the focus razor-sharp, the detail of the wings extraordinary, lighting and BG faultless and of course the resulting composition is very good.
Thank you for sharing this masterpiece with us.

Sharp, clear, detailed and colourful ... what more could you want. Good work.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-16 2:41]

Hello my friend

Another top quality macro shot from you!
Before talking a little about the damsel, i will first refer to the "so-called" overexposed leaf: i find it not disturbing at all. I don't even think it's that bright anyway... However, i can understand easily why it was captured like that - due to the high contrast with the main part of the scene - the darker damselfly. I've experienced the same scenario in my photos, too, and even if it is even brighter, i think it's a small price to pay for a good macro shot.

Now for the main subject:
The details are stunning - just as i would expect from you and that splendid lens that i am still craving for :)
The DOF is also spot-on and keeps the entire body, wings and head of the subject is perfect focus.

And because you mentioned the ecological niche of the species, although i haven't made a real study about this group of animals yet (i am still gathering data) i think i'm not wrong if i will say that both of them are quite common here and their niches overlap considerably. I found both of them in the same habitat numerous amounts of time.

Anyway, it's a wonderful post Jacob and i must congratulate you for it!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Jacob

Wow, that's a great shot of this beautiful damsel. Unbelievable sharpness, great POV and DOF. Good composition too.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-16 3:40]

Hello Jacob,

Marvelous Damsel. Well captured with fine details. One of the best I've seen in TN. Specially wings are so sharp.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-16 3:52]

Hello Jacob,
This is a really splendid capture of 'splendens' in a fine pose. All very nicely in focus showing sharp details and fine colours. Beautiful light and a nice soft background too.
TFS, Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-16 5:15]

Ha Jacob,

Een fraaie opname van deze kleurrijke juffer,scherp en gedetaileerd en poseert voor een sublieme achtergrondd,laat de lente maar weer komen,hier triest weer momenteel,groetjes


Ciao Jacob,
un'ottima inquadratura ed una nitidezza eccezionale, soprattutto sulle ali, fanno di questa un'immagine eccellente.
Lo sfondo appropriato e la luce omogeneamente diffusa contribuiscono a rendere ancora pił prezioso il risultato.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-16 22:56]
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Hello Jacob,
Excellent macro of our mutual demoiselle. The technical aspects and POV are superb.
I notice that this one has a bluer colour than mine, which is more greenish. I wonder if this has to do with age, the older they get, the bluer they become....
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Jacob,
I marked this Demoiselle as a favorite. I don't have to give you the details why this picture is so excellent. The sharpness, the fine details, the metallic colors...
Best regards

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