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Large Red Damsel

Large Red Damsel
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 2:52
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are two species of large red damselflies in Europe: this one (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) and the Greek Red Damsel (P. elisabethae).

In Sweden there is only one species. It is locally common but not widespread in the southern half of the country. It frequents most types of fresh water and usually keeps near to its breeding habitat.

This shot, taken in the late spring, is of a male Large Red Damsel. The female is usually also red but has yellow and more black markings.

It was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters. After size reduction the shot was selectively sharpened.

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Hi Ivan,
WOW!! Excellent!!! The exposure, color, detail, DOF, focus, BG, composition, etc. are exceptional. An exquisite photo.


hello Ivan,
beautiful shot, the damsfly is in sharp focus from top to bottom, nice pov, well composed shot, well saturated colours, nice sharpness, the details of the insect and the leaf are great,
well done,
tfs & regards

Bonjour Ivan, superbe cette demoiselle rouge, je n'en n'ai jamais vu de pareille, trčs belle macro, avec une bonne netteté et de jolies couleurs bien contrastées,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-22 3:01]

Hi Ivan,
a startling and very effective contrast between the green of the leaves and the scarlet of this damselfly. Composition and exposure are excllent with sharp detail. Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-08-22 3:01]

Hi Ivan!

Perfect macro. Not only sharp and detailed, but also with beautifull colours and composition. This damselfly looks like gem, some kind of living ruby. Beautifull.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-22 3:06]

Hi Ivan,
a great shot.
Amazing colours and details.
Well done,

Hello Ivan
What a great closeup of this tiny Damselfly,
Perfect details,DOF and lighting,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-22 4:25]

Hola Ivan,
preciosa macro, vivos colores y bello pov,
sensacional trabajo, niitidez genial,

Hej Ivan
Nice shot of this red damsel wit great details and colours.

Hi Ivan.
Wow, stunning image. Composition, sharpness, detail and colour, all spot on.
The colours he has in him are beautiful, golds, blacks and reds, they stand out superb against the green and the shallow DOF, wonderful


Hi Ivan,

Simply beautiful. Damsel flies are very difficult to capture due to their small size and slender body. You have captured this red beauty amazingly. The whole DF is in perfect focus. Details, especially wings and eyes, are commendable. Diagonal Composition is also very nice. I liked it

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-22 10:22]

hi ivan,
xcellent , no words to xpess..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-22 13:07]

Hi Ivan. Once again you have captured a very clear picture , with fine detail and sharp focusing. bright colours.and a nice top POV/DOF. very well done TFs. good notes too.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-22 13:23]

Stunning colours! I love the way the red stands out here -- and your colours and details are spot-on as ever

Hi Ivan,
Excellent macro!
Register rich in details.
Nice colors, contrast and sharpness.
Well done!
Best regards!
José Roberto

Hello Ivan,
Great colour contrast, as the deep red looks so good on the all green!
Superb details in the insect, and I like the composition with the two crossing diagonals...
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-23 1:07]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent picture of this fine red damselfly. In German they are called "Adonislibellen", because of their beauty, I suppose. Pleasant diagonal pose, nice blurred background too.
Have a nice day

Great sharp image and vivid colors. The reds and greens realy stand out. Well done.


Hola Ivan,
Parece que coincidimos en el mismo ejemplar, me gusta mucho como te quedó el tuyo, con gran nitidez y excelente iluminación, Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Ivan
I was sure that I allready made a comment on these photo. Bad memory :-)

Nicely composed photo of beautiful red damselfy. Good sharpnes and DOF. Nice homogenous buckground
Best wishes

Hi Ivan,

What a beauty you have captured this. Excellent details and nice composition too. Going to my Fav. Thanks a lot for sharing.

bonjour ivan
extra,les couleurs sont vives,la netteté est parfaite sur toute la longueur de la demoiselle.
vous auriez męme pu recadrer un peu pour l'avoir plus proche.

Soberbia toma llena de elegancia y precisión. Cuidada composición. Casi prefiero la de José Ramón (jorapavi) jajaja, pero las dos son excepcionales. Saludos Ivan.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-23 12:36]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful dragonfly with such brilliant colours and sharp details. Superb lighting and it contrasts well against the green environs. The DOF is precise which lets it stand out from the BG. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hej Ivan,
a very fine close-up of this beautiful damselfly.
Lovely colours and fine details. Well composed with good DOF,
the damselfly is well seen from the BG.
Fine work.

Jag har aldrig sett den här uppe, tyvärr.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-23 22:30]

Ivan, Superb shot with lovely positioning of the dragon fly. Excelent colors and lovely composition. Ganesh

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-27 12:57]

selam ivan, excellent shot and very good composition of this beautiful damselfly .nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hi Ivan,
I was in field for study. When I returned I found your nice and new photos. You always manage to take different from each other and new objects. This is also very nice. Colorful damselfly capture. Nice details and sharpness. POV, composition also very nice. good notes. thanks a lot.
best wishes

Hello Ivan!
What a beautiful Pyrrhosoma nymphula! This is one of my favourite damselfy species, mainly because of its unique colour :) Very good sharpness, POV and DoF.
Thank you for showing this image and best greetings from Lodz,

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