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Male Banded Demoiselle

Male 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: 2007-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-14 11:04
Viewed: 2998
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the male taken on the same morning as my last posting.

Banded Demoiselle ( Calopteryx splendens ) Length 45mm
An attractive Damselfly often found resting amoung waterside vegetation. Males seen in small fluttering groups hovering over the water. The flight of the female rather feeble. Favours clean streams where Nynymph lives partly buried in muddy sediment.
Males have a blue body with metallic sheen, smoky wings show a conspicuous blue thumbprint mark. Can be seen May-August. Locally common in South and Central England.

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Hello Nick,
good in exposure, focus, sharpness, colour and details
you named it you have it!
well composed and the useful notes

Hello Nic,
I like much the installation of the dragonfly on the nettle, the colors are splendid and very clear, really a beautiful composition
cheer, and TFS

hi Nicholas,good picture of this demoiselle,well done

Hi Nick
A superb photo again..you have a complete understanding of how to capture these river side friends.
Do you use a flash? I ask as the highlights on the nettle and demoiselles wings have bright highlights to suggest to me you do.

Hi Nick, I'm jealous when I see your wonderful damsel, so sharp, so close, so pretty.
I also saw this one some days ago, but it never gave me the chance to come closer, always flying away. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-14 12:12]

Hello Nicholas,
the dragonfly is well captured here with exact focus and pretty good sharpness. Point of view and excellent geometric and colour composition make the picture very attractive.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-14 12:14]

Hi Nick,

And today still another wonderful damselfy. This is just superb. Wonderful colors - the emerald green on her is beautiful. Excellent details - the wings are magnificent. Great pose on the leaf.


How nicely presented today at least, with the two of them facing each other. Very wonderful creatures and you put a bit of life into them, the photos I mean of course, for the profiled has it's own life. Great job.


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-08-14 13:21]

Bonsoir Nicholas
Très belle prise en lumière naturelle, excellent cadrage et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hi Nicholas,
nice shot, nice colors, nice composition and frame. details and POV very well. thanks
best wishes

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-14 14:08]

Hi Nicholas,
Colors look great again. Very nice capture, well done and TFS.
Best wishes,

Hi Nick,
Very beautiful image again of this, atleast in my opinion, most wonderful of all damselflies.
Love the steel blue and green glowing colors, the beautiful patterns and big black spots of the wings.
Sharpness and exposure are perfect and the way the Demoiselle does stand ot against the green color tones of the leaaf is great.
Thanks for sharing and the good note.
Best wishes and good night.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-14 14:44]

Hola Nicholas,
bella y elegante macro,
colores y pov,
sensacional trabajo,

hi nicholas,

perfect details and right dof with a beautiful BG.exceptional how you see his eyes.and the wings are magnificent and the attach of the wings to the body is extremely sharp too.
perfect for me and beautiful!
thanks and have a good night

Presentación muy apropiada por la forma de la hoja y el insecto. Buen enfoque y profundidad. Yo acabo de comprar este objetivo y ver esta fotografía me anima.
Saludos Nicholas.

Another beautifully taken shot here Nicholas. Very sharp and excellent lighting.

hello nick,
very nice capture, lovely colours, nice pov, well composed shot, sharp image with good details, nice framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-14 23:28]

Hi Nick

I love the colours here. Excellent focus and composition.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-14 23:56]

selam nick, excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-15 1:25]

Hi Nick,
a brilliant shot.
Sooooooooooo sharp and detailed.
Beautiful colours.
Well done,

Nicholas : low hat !
Thank you for this wonderful photo

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-15 3:13]

Hi Nick, perfectly framed and excelling compositon with perfect dof. Great focus and exposure cathing good light with wonderful colour and sharpness. Beautiful.

Hola Nicholas,
Excelente toma, gran definición con mucho detalle y bellos colores en una bonita composición, Saludos
José Ramón

I love that we can see the two sexes. Very cool.

A great shot - wonderful how you capture that metallic sheen. Great composition and perfect sharpness.

Hi Nick,
Nicely composed with an excellent POV. The color, exposure, DOF, and BG look great.
Sharp detail - Top shot!
Very well done.

Wow - great detail in all aspects. Shows the colors perfectly! Very well composed, too!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Nicholas.
Stunning lighting and detail. Amazing colours, great DOF, wonderful.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-15 9:03]

Nicholas,Wonderful shot and excellent focus. Well done TFS Ganesh

What an incredible shot, Nick!
Excellent sharp image and very interesting details. The thumb print and band are very pronounced. I like the way the leg shadows are evident on the leaf.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-15 11:42]

Hi Nick

A perfect compliment to the last shot. The light is beautiful. Wonderfully sharp and with excellent DOF again.



hello Nicholas
good sharpness; good colours, good POV, well captured

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-15 14:17]

the colours in this are really amazing, Nick!
I wish I could go in search of similar creatures here just to see if they measure up!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-08-15 22:43]

Hello Nicholas !
Wonderful capture of this beautiful insect ! I love its metallic color, he looks like a shining jewel. Excellent details, nice and vivid colors, beautiful composition and POV, excellent blurred BG. Very well done !

hello NICO
magnifiques couleurs pour cette charmante demoiselle, belle composition que tu nous montres là, félicitations, merci du partage

Hi Nicholas,
Excellent photo. Great comp with outstanding color and exposure. Really well captured. Technically flawless.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-16 4:44]

Hello Nick,
Once again a superb Banded Demoiselle shot, this time a male.
Every aspect of this shot, both the technical and the artistic are first class and the lighting and composition are excellent.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-16 11:09]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding portrait shot with immaculate sharpness and clear details. Superb lighting and focus. The DOF is precise here and you have captured a fine pose. Great POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Nick you got a great collection of these flies really beautifully done technically superb tfs rgds Necip.

Perfect sharpness that highlights the insect against the background using just the right amount of DOF.

Exceptionally well processed and composed.

Hello Nick,
perfectly focussed damselfly with brilliant colours, glittering like a jewel in the bright summer sun.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Nicholas

I really admire this photo, the clarity is first class. This photo has inspired me to post a dragonfly I spotted on holiday.


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