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Female Banded Demoiselle

Female Banded Demoiselle
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 14:19
Viewed: 2646
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought i would try something different today from my usual Birds. Spent a few hours down by the River Stour in Dorset. Was able to get this Branded Demoiselle along with the male which i shall post soon.

Branded Demoiselle ( Calopteryx splendens ) Length 45mm
An attractive Damselfly often found resting on waterside vegetation. Males seen in small groups hovering over water, favours clean streams or rivers where Nymph lives partly buried in muddy sediment. Female has green body with metallic sheen and greenish brown wings. Can be seen between may and august. Locally common in south and central England.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-20 14:42]

selam nicholas; excellent macro shot of this insect,good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

I like those eyes. The diagonal composition, sharpness and the exposure are perfect. A very good macro

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-20 14:52]

Hi Nick,

a brilliant shot, the composition is great and the colours are beautiful, great job.


Hi Nick

Glad to see that you've been out spending the day wisely. Did you see any of the cranes that have been by Julians bridge lately ? Good focus that captures your eye well.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-20 15:15]

Hello Nick,
Great capture of a female C. splendens. You got almost all of her sharply with good detail showing her white-spotted wings well. Excellent Bg, composition and POV.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Dejv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (75)
  • [2007-05-20 15:28]

hi this is excellent makro!!! Good colors and focus!¨
TFS David

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-20 15:42]

Hi Nicholas

A lovely shot - the focus and POV are really good, as are the colours and BG.


hello Nick
great capture, well done, the focus is perfect, good colours, beautiful composition, very nice pic !

Salut Nicholas
Très belle photo en macro que cette belle demoiselle . Beau cadrage , belle composition les détails sont supers et très jolis avec de belles couleurs .
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-05-20 17:54]

Good evening Nicholas!
This Dynax capture is a very good presentation of the insect. Magnifficent details!

Hello Nick,
This is a superb catch with nice POV, tones of colors, details and composition. I like the brilliance you capture on the insect and the texture of the folliage. This is a beautiful specie! Thanks,

Hi Nick,

I've been thinking of trying a new subject matter, but I don't think I'll even bother to compete this is sort of quality.
great subject matter, well composed and really sharp where it matters.


tres bon travail,cette libellule est super, j' ai mis un peu le même genre mais ce doit être la femelle, bon BG et parfaite netteté
bien vu, merci

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-21 10:52]

Hi Nick,

This is a nice one! A wonderful macro - I love the positioning on the long leaf. Colors, details and bg are exellent.


Ciao Nicholas, great macro with wonderful details, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-05-21 16:47]

Hi Nick,
Brilliant shot; a study in green! Colours are magnificent and the diagonal framing really works well. The arching leaf really lifts the compo. Focussing is just where it should be - on the eyes.
Beautiful all around! well captured and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-21 23:15]

Hello Nicholas

A lovely sharp image of this damselfly.The focus and details are sharp.Very well illuminated with rich ,natural colour saturation.Nicely composed with great eye contact and catch light.TFS


Hello Nick,

It was a good idea to post this picture since you captured it so well and in beautiful colors.


I like your diagonal composition a lot as it excels in a few great features. You placed the head of the Banded Demoiselle into a powerful point of the composition. This is important as it shows us the most interesting element in your picture. I also appreciate you avoided the leaf leaving the frame exactly through the corner. The excellent, OOF background is very appropriate for your subject as it makes it stand out and also creates an atmosphere characteristic for the damselfly's environment. The empty space around the subject is also well distributed and creates a balanced picture. Very well done!


The dominant green hue is only diversified by the metallic iridescence in the damselfly's body. This is sufficient to add more interest to the subject.


The overall contrast in your picture is excellent as it is stronger in the foreground and lower in the background. It clearly emphasizes the great details in the damselfly.


The excellent exposure with soft shadows preserved the details perfectly. Even the metallic reflections in the subject's body are well exposed. I wasn't able to find any over- or underexposed areas in your picture. Great job!


Very good focus right on the subject! The great DOF is crucial for the success of this photo as it isolates the damselfly from the leaves in the background. Maybe the rear part of its body is not in sharp focus but I take it as a positive thing because it makes me look back at the subject's face.

Overall a great posting with interesting notes! I wish I had more information on the camera settings. Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-22 11:42]

Hello Nick, very nice capture of this beautiful dragonfly, marvelous collors and details, great macro work, POV and BG..well done..

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-22 12:29]

Hi Nicholas,
This is a very beautiful damselfly. The bode is almost metalic. Great sharpness and focus. Nice details and dof. Nice diagonal composition and good pov.
TFS Paula

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-23 6:49]

hi Nicholas,
your are un excellent macro shooter to.
Superb quality, details and colors are well manage. Great composition with the leaf.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-23 7:15]

Hi Nick, this is a lovely shot with great light a wondeful range of greens, tints and hues. The Demoiselle is beautifully detailed and sharp, great highlights and great POV.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-27 12:12]

I love the composition and POV here. The colours are also attractive. Nicely sharp and excellent DOF



Hi Nicholas,
Wow! I like this perspective on this damselfly and the colors are incredible especially the metalic body, I really like the POV it's shows this insect off very well. :)

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