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Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-15 5:01
Viewed: 2912
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today an upload of a colorfull demoiselle,although I see them sometimes flying around,I never was able to make a shot of them,now I found a more or less cooperative model,I say more or less,because although the model stayed positioned,I found it in a not so easy spot to place tripod etc and it was a bit windy,anyway I managed to take a few shots,hope you like it

Beautiful Demoiselle
Calopteryx virgo(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo is a European damselfly. It is often found among fast-flowing waters.


The male has dark brown-black wingtips with blue veins. Immatures often have much paler browner wings. They have metallic blue-green bodies and blue-green eyes.

The female has dark brown iridescent wings, a white patch near the tip of the wings and a metallic green body with a bronze tip at the abdomen.

Eggs and larvae

Females lay up to 300 eggs at a time on emergent or floating plants, often on water-crowfoot. Like the Banded Demoiselle they often submerge to do so. The eggs hatch after a around 14 days. Also like the Banded Demoiselle the larva is stick-like with long legs and develops over a period of two years in submerged vegetation, plant debris or roots. They usually overwinter in sand or gravel.


Males are territorial, perching in bankside plants and trees. They chase passing insects, often returning to the same perch. Males can stray well away from water, females live away from water unless egg-laying or seeking a mate.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-15 5:39]

Hoi Paul,
erg gave foto, Paul. Ik heb ze in Polen voor het eerst in grote aantallen gezien. Vind het echt een fantastische soort.

Groet, Jacob

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-15 5:47]

Hi Paul,
a great shot of this Banded Damoiselle.
Sharp, well composed and a good DOF.
Well done,

Hi Paul,
Very nicely composed picture.
Sharp and neat image.
Great shot.


Hi Paul.
Wow, absolutly stunning. The colours and detail, I bet you are rapped with capturing this image. Composition is wonderful, DOF perfect, a hint of softness but still stunning detail.

New Zealand

I think you did really well Paul, looks fine to me.
I like the unusual low-down POV and great DOF.
Great sharpness and contrasts well with the leaf and background.


hi paul,
very nice macro shot, liked the metalic blue colour of the fly very much, nice composition with spot on focus & good details,
tfs & regards

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-15 12:17]

selam paul; wow really excellent close up shot of this damselfly , very good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-15 12:24]

Hi Paul.
One of the best close-up shot. BRAVO. Pictured scene is simply amazing as well as the quality of the execution and shooting technique. Composition, POV and DOF are great. Lights, colours, sharpness and details are terrific. Esthetically shot is matchless. My congratulations and best wishes.

P.S. I think a lot about macro ring flash and your macro lens 200 mm. This time I experiment a lot with my macro lenses (KM 100 mm and Sigma 70-300 mm Macro) I am sure if shooting distance is more than 50-60 cm macro ring flash is not effective. Minimal focusing distance at Sigma is 95 cm. I never use ring flash with it. Minimal focusing distance at KM 100 mm is 35 cm. (or 15 cm from front lens). Use of ring flash with this lens at short distance is amazing but at long (more than 50-60 cm) distance is not effective at all.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-15 13:18]

Hello Paul,
Very nice close up.POV,colors,clear details,3D effect and framing are wonderful.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-15 16:03]

Hi Paul,
Dit is een hele mooie libel. Ik ben ze op TN al een aantal keer tegengekomen en ik vind die donkere vleugels echt fantastisch mooi. Het lijf lijkt wel metalic.
Mooie diagonale compositie, goed van scherpte en details.
Gr Paula

bonjour paul
bonne identification,il n'est pas toujours evident de differencier le splendens du virgo!
la photo est extremement bien reussi avec les couleurs naturelles.

Hola Paul,
Excelente macro de bonita composición en diagonal, gran nitidez y buenas texturas, interesante y completa la nota, Saludos
José Ramón

The diagonal composition + sharpness + exposure and the details on this picture make this a super shot, congrats

Hi Paul,
What a great colors and shot of this beautiful dragonfly. BG, details, especially wing texture wonderful. Sharpness and also frame very nice. Thanks.
well done

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