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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: 2006-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/32, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-07 3:41
Viewed: 2764
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I managed as well to shoot a damsefly and like to join the D&D club,took the shot in vatmark Allhagen,I did not crop the image and the picture was shot how it looks,I know composition is not perfect I should have left some space on the underside,but I am happy with it anyway,I am again a bit fighting with the identification,guess it could be the

Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella

The Azure Damselfly belongs to a group of similar blue Damselflies. Telling these blue species apart may be quite tricky. In males the marking on the second segment of the abdomen usually is sufficient. Each blue Damselfly is uniquely marked on that particular segment. In Azure Damselflies we see a blue U-shaped marking. Males are very blue, for only one segment is entirely black on top. This makes them the blueist of all Damselflies. Females however are black on top of all segments. This makes them the darkest of all female blue Damselflies. The females usually are greenish, rarely blueish or whitish. The thorax in both sexes has one, uninterrupted light line, which is slightly thinner than the black line underneath. Reaching a length of 30 to 35mm and a wingspan of 40 to 50mm this is one of the biggest blue Damselflies.

Like in all Dragonflies mating takes place by making a heart-shaped tandem, as can be seen in the bottom picture. Males cling to females by taking them behind the head. After mating males keep being attached to the females, which hangs off the male helplessly. In this way the eggs are being laid. The males usually stand straight on top of the egg-depositing female. Only when there is a lot of wind, males may grab on to a plant. The eggs are being deposited on plants growing just beneath the surface. After hatching the larvae will first live among the plants, later they move to the bottom. The entire cycle of life is completed in just one year.

The Azure Damselfly is found in almost all standing water. This may be a big lake, but a small pond in a garden will do as well. The water shouldn't be too acid though. The species thus is scarce in layer peat and forest lakes. The Azure Damselfly is one of the most common Damselflies in Britain, except for the northern parts of Scotland. It is on the wing from May to August.

but if I am wrong please tell me,hope you like it.

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Ciao Paul,
bellissima questa foto, colori stupendi, ottimi dettagli e composizione gradevole, bravo!


Hi paul ! Yhis isa wonderful damselfly shot ! Excellent details colors and POV, beautidul blurred BG, and a wonderful composition, with the leaf on a diagonal. Very well done !

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-07 4:53]

Hello Paul,
great shot of this lovely damsel. Sharpness is great and the details excellent. The light catches nicely in its wings. I like you composition, the main subject stands out nicely from the BG.

This is an excellent macro, Paul.
Colours, details, POV and DOF are perfect. The positioning of the subject is not ideally diagonal, but it does not matter.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-07 6:35]

Hello Paul,
A great shot of this Damselfly.
A very good POV,excellent detail and colours.
Good use of the flash too.
Nice work,well done.


Hi Paul,
I would say you nailed the exposure perfectly here. Beautiful color saturation and sharp detail. I really like the composition and framing.
Welcome to the Club!

Great macro Paul.
Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Great POV and composition too. Very good job. WEll done.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-07 10:45]

Hi Paul,
An excellent, well-composed shot of this lovely Damselfly! The colours are so good and the light just right! Like it very much. Thanks a lot for this and for the note,

Very nice macro of your damsel Paul.
Excellent color, DOF, and sharp detail. I like the BG and diagonal comp. also..
Very good use of flash..If I might say, F32 was a teenie bit of over-kill here :)
Very well done.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-07 15:33]

Hi Paul,
Excellent macro. Great lighting, outstanding colours and details. Also very well composed. I agree with your comment about the space at the bottom but that is a very slight thing, it is still a very good shot. I posted one recently of a Blue-tailed damselfly which looks a bit similar. Well done and TFS.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-09 7:34]

Very good photo of this litle odonata Paul!
Very good on colour, POV and BG!
Also a good DOF and details!
5* and TFS!

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