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My First Damselfly

My First Damselfly
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): In Tandem With My Muses: Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 7:51
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Points: 58
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My First Damselfly

Today was a lucky day for me. I shot my first Yellow-vented Bulbul, my first Hoverfly and my first Damselfly this morning here in Riyadh.

Today I am posting the picture of a Damselfly which I not only shot for the first time but also saw with my own eyes for the first time. I had never imagined it would be that small when I saw it perched primly on a fresh leaf of the fig tree in our little compound.
I took 42 macro shots of it and it was still perched there when I eventually gave up :-)!

My friend Loot has identified the damselfly as Common Bluetail. A brief note on the species is quoted below from Wikipedia:

"The Common Bluetail (Ischnura senegalensis), also known variously as Ubiquitous Bluetail, African Bluetail, and Senegal Golden Dartlet, is a widespread damselfly of the family Coenagrionidae, native from Africa, through the Middle East, throughout southern and eastern Asia. It has been accidentally introduced to parts of Europe, including Great Britain and Finland."

Thanks, Loot.

Best regards to all.

fartash, LordPotty, SkyF, Debz, jmp, uleko, loot, star74, jaycee, cicindela, dew77, anel, Jamesp, lgfoto, BEHRAD, horia, cedryk, valy67, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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hello mr thakur,
both of us have posted flies today. nice macro shot with good sharpness, i liked the green tone in the picture, nice pov, liked the composition too but its too tight on the bottom, looking forward to more macro shots soon,
beat wishes,

Hello Ram
Wonderful shot of this Damselfly,
You've done a great work,Excellent
flash using and fantastic colors,

Good Luck

Hi Ram,
A very clear shot of this damselfly from Riyadh. The focus is sharp right along the whole body which is good.
Colour and light are good too.
It looks exactly like the ones we have here in New Zealand.
Excellent work.

bonjour ram
la premiere demoiselle est superbe,a part le bout de l'abdomen qui est legerement coupé.
bien vu.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-25 8:29]

Great POV and nice diagonal lines.
Even though winter has been good so far it will be a while until we see them flying again.
Great shot with superp details and sharpness.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-25 8:36]

Hello Ram,
colours and outline of the damselfly are shown very clear. Geometric composition is pretty good. It's a pity that the tip of the abdomen is slightly cut.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-25 8:41]

Lovely capture of this Damselfly Ram. Details are pin sharp, i love the POV. The greens between the damselfly and the leaves seem to compliment each other against a good DOF. Great shot.

Hello Ram,
Interesting to know that damselfly can be found in desert area. Great sharpness, exposure, and color contrast. Also congratulations for your first damselfly.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-25 8:47]

Hi Ram,
This a really neat image with a terrific composition. Excellent resolution, exposure, details and background.
TFS, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-25 10:25]

Hello Ram,
I'm really glad that you're finding some more wildlife in Riyadh and this shot is really brilliant! Razor sharp with great focus on the eyes and the colours are beautiful. The fill flash has worked really well here and the Damselfly looks lovely against the dark background. Beautiful composition. Congratulations!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-03-25 10:31]
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Hi Ram

Congratulations with your first bulbul, hoverfly, and of course this little beauty which seems to be a female March Bluetail - Ischnura senegalensis. The same species as the last damselfly I have posted here. In my notes I mentioned that the distribution range of this insect is: "Throughout Southern Africa and extends to equatorial Africa and India", so it is very possible that you could have found it in Saudi Arabia.

A great diagonal composition with lovely colours and excellent lighting. The details are very sharp and the dark BG does well to compliment the damselfly. The only slight nit might be the rather close crop at the bottom though.

Good work and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-25 11:17]
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Hello Ram,
Congratulations both on capturing an Ischnura damselfly in Saudi Arabia and for such a fine shot.
This is sharp and with fine BG in a composition whose only slight defect is the close cropping at the bottom.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-03-25 11:47]

Hi Ram,
You are very lucky,
Must be very warm over there,
Beautiful colors and sharpness,
Very well presented

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-25 11:56]

Hi Ram,

You did well today with your sightings! This macro is a beauty. Wonderful details and great position on the leaf. I like all the shades of green.


Hello Ram!
If it is really your first damselfly picture I have to say that it is really very good! Great details, interesting POV and nice, black BG.
The only thing I do not like is the fact that you did not keep on the picture the last segment of damselfly's abdomen.
Anyway, my best greetings and congratulation!

Hi Ram,
Very nice picture of this species. BAutiful Picture with lovely composition and lighting. Good sharpness, thanks to sigma?!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-25 14:20]

Hello Ram,
Lovely capture.Sharpness,clear details,framing are excellent.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-25 14:32]

Hi Ram,
Excellent capture of the damselfly. Lovely colours and sharp details. Perfect lighting, POV and DOF. Though the cropping is a bit tight at the bottom the composition is nicely done. Kudos.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-25 14:43]
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Hello Ram,
Having been away, I missed some of your pictures. This shot of the Common Bluetail is wonderful, very sharp and with beautiful luminous colours. So you have quite a lot of different visitors in front of your house! I miss one of my favourite photos. Just disappeared :-( ??
Best regards

Hi Ram, amazing macro with great focus and wonderful details, excellent light and colors, splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-25 18:29]

Hi Ram

Another great shot. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours,


Hello Ram,
Good lines in the composition, excellent detail in the insect!
Macro work is very well done, the sharpness in the Damselfly is remarable...
Good colours, attractive background... maybe crop 1 cm in top?
Pablo -

Very pure and clean shot Ram. I like the diagonal composition and green harmony.TFS

Hello Ram,
This is a very good first capture :) I never succeed with this insect! I like those details, colors and exposure. This is a nice one with good composition. Congratulations and thanks,

Hi Ram
Very nice shot for first damselfly.
Great sharpness & colours.
Also very good BG.
I like it.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-26 16:32]

Hi Ram

This is a superb first shot of a damselfly from you!
It must be a blast finding your first ever one :) I sure remember which one was my first one :) (also an Ischnura)
The details and colors on this one are charming and well balanced and the DOF is impeccable - keeping all the damsel in full-focus and blurring the BG very nicely.
The exposure is also good and the POV is excellent.
The idea with a diagonal compo was very nice...to bad the tip of the tail is clipped :(

Anyway, Bravo and TFS

Hello Ram,
Indeed a very nice catch. It's interesting how similar are all those Ishnura species, despite the various geographical areas they live in.
Excellent light, focus and colours. The only small thing is that it would look better if frame was moved a bit lower.
Best greetings,

Hello Ram !
Your first damselfly looks great ! Sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, BG... everything is just wonderful, and the damselfly is a real beauty. Just a tiny problem with the cut addomen, but I know how hard it can be to capture these creatures and it is not of big importance. I wish you many more successful days like this ! Very well done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-28 9:44]

Hi Ram.
I congratulate you on such pleasant meeting. You have taken a very nice close-up shot. The sharpness and details of the insect as well as rich colours and perfect lighting are really great. Composition of the shot, pictured scenery (leaf with damselfly at FG and remote darkened BG) are excellent too. My best wishes and TFS.

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