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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
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Date Submitted: 2007-04-28 4:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm having a bit of a dilemma here: i don't know for sure if "LOL" stands for "Lots Of Laughs" or "Laughing Out Loud"...but either way, in this case i'm going to go with the second one, due to the face of this cute damsel :)))

As i already told some of the members here (in my very late critiques), i got the chance for some field trips these past couple of days and that is when i captured this funny gal ;)

There were actually a couple of them flying around and having a snack once in a while, but otherwise posing very kindly for me.

She is a Calopteryx splendens - a Banded Demoiselle - and since this species was many representatives here on TN i trust there is no need for another bio-note.

The photo was taken at one of my favorite places to visit, Cefa, a very large fishery on one side and a future nature reserve on the other, with a big old oak forest hosting a large variety of wildlife.

I know the twig is a little overexposed, but on this shot i was really concentrating on the face of the damsel :)

Hope you'll like it!
Have a great weekend everyone!
EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 323mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Exposure Bias: -0.33
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 100
Flash: Yes (power: -2)
Support: handheld
TOD: about 1 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

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Hi Horia,
that's soooooo lovely, I also had to lol - no matter what it means, I always thought it means laugh out loud. This face is wonderful, she realy seem to laugh. What a beauty, you are so luck to see this one so close.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very nice catch Horia great detail and the POV is just right certainly looks like its chuckle. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-28 4:44]

Hi Horia,
a very sharp detailed shot of this beautiful insect.
Well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-28 5:01]

Well taken and well shot. This is class shot of a lovely dragon fly.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-28 5:13]

Hello Horia
A very detailed and well presented sharp macro.
It's like he's holding on to the stick so that he doesn't get blown away!
THe BG also adds beauty to the photograph.
TFS & Cheers

Hello my Friend!
Very nice picture of this female specimen! It is interesting for me also because I can clearly see that in Romania temperature is much warmer than here in Poland, where Calopteryx damselflies are not active till now.
Nice POV, very good DOF and details. I like also a frame - it is very good composed :)
TFS and have a nice weekend!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-04-28 6:11]

Very great shot of this Calopteryx. Wonderful DOF and POV. Colors are beautiful. Very well done.
Gr. Hans

Hello Horia
What a great moment to shoot,
Perfect focuisng and details,
Fantastic colors and BG,
Superb shot.


bonjour horia
j'ai aperçu son male hier mais je n'avais pas l'appareil.
je suis vraiment bleuffé de ce que vous obtenez avec une lentille close up en terme de netteté sur toute la longue de cette belle demoiselle.
mise a part la brindille un peu OE,le reste est superbe.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-28 6:32]

Hi Horia,

Superb close up shot, nicely composed with a perfect POV and a great pose with the Damselfly laughing out loud, she looks like she has horse teeth on top, extremely good detail and beautiful colours with a prfect OOF BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Horia,
Again, an excellent macro, in this case of this banded demoiselle.
Details got are remarkable, so sharp and clear ones.
The S2 is a so versatil appareil...think that we will miss it when the DSRL unprade finally comes.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hola Horia,
Extraordinaria toma, bella composición, excelente nitidez con luz y fondo agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-28 7:17]

Hi Horia.
Both the damselfly and shot are great. Skillfulness of execution is simply outstanding. I like extremely well selected DOF and the fact that only insect is in focus. BG is wonderful in its blurriness and colourfulness. Inclined stem with laughing damselfly on it is amazing at high range. Crisp sharpness and details of the insect impress the imagination. Bravo. Superb done. My congratulations and TFS.

Hi Horia, superb macro with amazing details, splendid composition with beautiful light and colors, great sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-28 8:13]

Hi Horia

Wow - and wow again. I really must buy a macro! Colours, light and DOF are all outstanding!



Stunning shot Horia, that Hoya lens works really well with the S2. Sharpness is very good. Don't woryt about the OE twig, the beauty of the damsel makes up for that small problem.
Great POV here, the open mouth is great, LOL :).

Hi Horia,

WoW What a shot
Perfect compo,colours, POV and DOF
SUPERB sharpness showing Amazing details

TFS Thijs

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-28 10:22]

Hi Horia,
Really good pov, pose, details, colours, background and composition. I like it!
TFs, José M.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-28 11:12]

Wow Horia great macro work indeed.
Nice colors,pov,sharpness and details.
The background and framing are outstanding.
Very well presented.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-28 11:20]

Hello Horia,
Splendid capture of this damselfly showing its beautiful metallic colours and posing nicely for you. All very nicely in focus and razor sharp. I like the composition very much!
(As long as you don't get toooo close I think they look as if they're smiling!)
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-28 11:35]

Hello Horia,
this is hilarious,, the joke must have been a great one to get this type of reaction out of the damsel. Beautiful diagonal composition, the green tones are wonderful and the excellent DOF gives you sharpness throughout the insect.

Absolutely no fault in this shot, the detail is exceptional, exposure is on the money and you have a brilliant side profile shot, excellent macro, hats off to you.


Salut Horia,
Foarte faina bijuteria verde.Imi place enorm compozitia si PoV.ul,culorile sunt de asemenea stralucitoare!



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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-28 14:34]

Hello Horia,
Interesting close-up of the damsel with a smile on her face. Great capture, sharp, well-exposed and nicely composed. Regards,

Hi Horia

Congrats on a fantastic macro. I can count the hairs on this guys legs! Stunning work. :-)

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-04-28 17:32]

Hi Horia!
Strange, I thought lol means Lots of love,
anyway it's good thing.
Great, no not great, a perfect photo, vivid shiny and glamorous, with perfect technical details,TFS!and LOL!

You managed wonderful color and sharpness on this happy girl. It's a really nice full frame presentation.

Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-29 2:51]

Hello Horia,
It is amazing that you were able to get so close to this damsel.
A great shot of this beautiful insect with the flamboyant colors.
Very sharp details...
I never knew that damsels could laugh so hard. : )
Great moment caught.
TFS. : )

Hello Horia,
Good diagonal composition!
The macro work is as always impeccable, great details in the willingly posing insect...
A great piece of work, educational quality!
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-29 3:57]

Hello Horia,
Félicitations for this demoiselle splendens.She is a star of beauty and you are her photograph. Bien réussi, très belle composition et cadrage.
Bonne journée

Hello Horia,
In my book LOL means "Lot of laughing" but it is subject to interpretation I guess :). This is a fine portrait of this beautiful insect. I like those details, pose, composition and colors a lot. This brilliance on its body and eyes s beautiful! This is very well done again. Thanks!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-29 16:30]

Hello Horia

A wonderful crisp image of this damselfly.It does look like it is laughing.Very good DOF and POV.The colours are bold.Well composed with super BG.Nicely done.TFS


Hi Horia,
The second one is correct, laughing out loud. The tittle for this photo is very well chosen, because the smile on this gal is wonderful. The slight diagonal composition with it great detail is wonderful. The OOF BG has some wonderful lighting and gives the entire photo the wonderful feel of spring. It is a small pity that the reed is slightly OE, but that does not degrade the photo at all.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-30 12:14]

hi Horia; ver close up and clear pose.very good Pov, particulary the details is well captured with nice sharpness and colours.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-30 14:46]

Hi Horia

I had to Laugh Out Loud myself at this. Great expression! Everything else is lovely as usual. Great POV, sharp, stunning colours and lovely DOF



Salut Horia
Très belle photo en macro. Tout y est. La lumière, les couleurs et la netteté.La presentation est tres belle.

Bravo et merci...JP

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-01 2:48]
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bonjour Horia,
j'ai constasté une chose ce week-end, c'est que les meilleurs macro sont réalisée avec des objectifs cours comme le tien (tu connais l'explication rationnelle à cela ?).
C'est toujours aussi bon, cadrage parfait associé des détails excellents, et une belle lumière diffuse.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-01 7:34]

Hello Horia,
Magnificent close up.Lighting,crisp clear details,sharpness,BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-01 8:20]

Hello Horia,
Top notch macro here with amazingly sharp details and lovely colors resulting in an oustanding image for us to view. What beauty the small world possess, thanks for sharing.

Hello Horia,
Wow great close up, love the cool green colors. Sharp focus and details. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Morning Relections (12)" :o)

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-05-01 9:45]

Hi horia,
despite the high temperatures we don't have 'm yet here in the netherland, although I think i won't take long anymore. I can honestly say it is one of the best images I have seen from a damsel in general. Your POV shows many parts, there is a great view of the face, it has LOL [;-)] and sharpness, colours and light/exposure are really fine. The overexposed twig is something for the postprocessing.
Really fine piece of work.
greets, JAcob

Hi dear Horia ,
this is excellent work. it has great focus and vivid colours.clean shot.
well composed and nice background.
very well done.it is wonderful.
thanks for sharing

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-05-01 12:08]

Hello Horia,

Excellent work with this colorful damselfly... You are right! She really looks like if she was laughing :-D

Even if the twig looks a little bit OE, the colors looks very natural... Details on the wings are remarkable too!!! The nice bg give us also an idea of its environment!

Great job and TFS,


"LOL" also mystifies me, Horia. Thanks for some probable sensible expansions of it :-).

Your Banded Demoiselle is a beauty.
You have captured it from the best possible point of view because every feature of this pretty insect is very well captured. The colours too are vivid and natural.

I'm amazed. I never saw them before with an open month (nor any dragonfly).
Did he stay like this for a while? Or was it just coincidentally at the moment you shot?

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2007-05-01 16:20]

Perfect shoot! No comment is needed ;-)
My best regards,

Hi Horia,
Beautiful shot. This damsel is really laughing out loud. Super sharp and crisp clear image. Great color contrast. Very well done.

it is a marvelous one Horia
a great pov and a super quality, very niceposition with good details, the shot is realy great, with my compliments.
gr. jaap

Salut Horia,

Excelenta macro-fotografie! Intr-adevar, libelula parca ar rade la obiectivul tau. Daca ar vedea ce fotografie ai obtinut cred ca ar fi avut o expresie mai mirata :) Chiar vrei sa-ti mai cumperi un dSLR daca poti obtine calitatea asta cu camera actuala?


Imi place compozitia ta diagonala! Simplitatea ei este un alt element care o face sa fie eficienta. Partea cea mai interesanta, adica capul insectei, este plasat intr-una dintre cele mai importante zone ale compozitiei. Frumusetea detaliilor este bine evidentiata pe un fundal atat de armonios. Profilul insectei este usor lizibil ceea ce este un alt avantaj important.


Desi paleta de culori este relativ redusa, tonurile bogate de verde sunt cat se poate de potrivite pentru a creea un fundal pentru o vietate ce traieste printre ierburi. Deasemenea imi plac reflectiile metalice pe corpul libelulei!


Contrastul este foarte bun si scoate in evidenta si mai bine detaliile fine.


Ai facut foarte bine ca te-ai concentrat pe insecta. Ar fi fost pacat sa expui fotografia pentru lumina reflectata din ramurica si sa obtii o libelula subexpusa. Partea supraexpusa poate fi usor corectata in PP.
Subiectul in schimb a fost foarte bine expus. Nu s-au pierdut detalii nici in partile luminate, nici in umbre. Apreciez faptul ca ai folosit blitul. In caz contrar ar fi aparut niste umbre taioase care nu cred ca ar fi adus vreo valoare suplimentara fotografiei.


Nici nu incape indoiala ca ai focusat unde trebuie! Detaliile sunt foarte clare si adancimea campului vizual a fost foarte bine controlata.

O fotografie exceptionala per ansamblu, cu un chenar pe masura! Alegerea titlului a fost foarte inspirata iar nota bine scrisa. Multumesc!

Salutari de la munte,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-02 10:22]

Hola amigo Horia,
genial idea.
buena captura y bellos detalles,
espléndido momento...
saludos TFS

Hola Horia.
Maravilloso y original POV.
Fantástica luz que resalta el color y la agradable composición de esta imagen.
Un trabajo perfecto.
Saludos, JL.

Menudo macrazo nos presentas Horia.
Una pasada, si se le puede poner un pero es el exceso de luz donde esta posado. Pero por lo demás una gran toma.
Mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-03 8:35]

Hi Horia.
This is wonderful macro-shot.
Everything already here it was said.All is superb.I like it a lot.Precise your macro work.
Thank you very much for sharing this splendid picture.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-03 22:58]

Incredible detail and exposure on this perfect macro. Excellent well saturated colors. Great eye contact and POV. Nice DOF.

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-05-03 23:51]

Hi Horia, this is a really great shot. Very good detail in the wings and also the body. Lovely colors. Nice background but it doesn't rob anything from the Demoiselle. I do like the framing very much. Just a suggestion..maybe do a little burning on the branch to dull down the white a little. Great job, gotta love that S2IS:-). Thanks


What I like most in macro photography, is when the photograper manages to make the observer feel as though it was the same size of the subject. This one makes me feel that my world is in the same scale as this beautiful damselfly.
Lovely light, colours and DOF. Great work!

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