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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-03 8:06
Viewed: 4001
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my friends

I'm "jumping" from one small trip to another these days and you could say i'm building up a good stock of photos for winter :))
Last weekend i was away in the mountains and tomorrow i'm leaving again to the countryside in hope for some more good shots. Wish me luck ;)

Here is a quick post of a beautiful Calopteryx splendens damselfly [thanks Greg :)] that i took not long ago.

I was particularly pleased with the gorgeous metallic reflection from it's body here and so i will post a WORKSHOP with a crop of it's abdomen...Initially i even thought of posting that as an abstract shot just itself :) You tell me if i was right or wrong :)

Take care and thanks for visiting!

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DC Macro
Focal Length: 190mm
Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
F-Stop: f/11.0
Exposure Bias: -1/3
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 9 AM
Weather conditions: sunny

PaulH, oanaotilia, siggi, Juyona, red45, maurydv, Luis52, Jamesp, eqshannon, marhowie, Heaven, uleko, SelenE, Alex99, peter_stoeckl, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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Hola Horia, muy bonita composición, con buenos tonos de color, buen detalle y buena luz. Un saludo

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-03 8:17]

Hi Horia,
nice title, i wonder which track you'd pick to go with the shot? Oh well, 'nothing else matters' anyway eh ;o)
Seriously though, wow! Excellent stroing diagonal element to the composition, which is well balanced with the Calopteryx on the right and the beautiful bud on the left. It's a hard choice, but i think i would have also gone with this shot. Although the other is amazing also...impressive stuff, have a great trip my friend.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-03 8:21]

Hi Horia,
what an amazing inage is this, good composition, colors and great great details of the damselfly. wonderful! its not your fault but the grass stalk behind is little distracting but its part of nature too. good work. i wish you lots of luck and hope to see these kind of images from your trip. TFS.

Hello Horia,

Sorry no time. Just wonderful!

Buna Horia
Excelent ca de obicei! Imi plac reflecsiile metalice, pacat ca nu pot nota si workshop-ul.
Numai bine
P.S.De acum inainte iti voi "studia" mult mai bine fotografiile, pt a invata (a nu intelege fura) din ele,mai ales ca de curand sunt si eu posesoarea unui canon400d. Si am ce invata de la tine!

Hello Horia,
Very beautiful geometrical composition, with amazing colours. Nice background too. TFS,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-03 9:11]

Hi Horia,
Great shot. Excellent sharp details with well exposed colours. Good lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS.

Bonsoir Horia
très jolie composition avec le corps de cette demoiselle parallèle à l'herbe. Les couleurs métalliques sont très jolies également.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-03 9:26]

Hola Horia,
precioso cuadro y pov,
hermosos tonos...
excelente macro,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-03 10:12]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful photo in high quality. The details, clear colours, diagonal composition and POV are really perfect. Great OOF BG.
Good luck on your next trip.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-03 10:27]
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Hi Horia!

You helped me with Calopteryx, now I'm helping you :-) According to my Insects of Britain and Western Europe this is C.splendens - its wings are greenish. Excellent macro, shinning body looks superb. Light and composition are also nice. And of course as old heavy [or trash] metal fan I like your title :-) Workshop is another story - I hope you'll post workshop picture in one of next posts - it'll go straight to my favs!

Splendida macro, eccellenti POV e DOF, fantastica composizione con i giochi simmetrici della Calopterix e lo stelo d'erba con la spiga, straordinarie nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-03 14:12]

Hola Horia.
Los colores en verde metalico lucen de maravilla en esta foto. Agradable fondo difuso que le da realce a la imagen.
Saludos Horia

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-03 23:23]

Hi Horia

Excellent shot - great pose plus wonderful colours and light. The isolation is very good too. Hope you have a productive trip.


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-04 3:04]

frumos! bine realizata si denumita! buna compozitia, culorile, focusul. tfs

Interesting name. Kind of "rocks" eh? My (friends and) group, R.E.M. is in Europe for many weeks now. Stop and say hi from Bob (me). Tell Bobby Whittaker that I said you are a cool photo and should get back stage:-) Not that it would work...I sometimes have troubles.
I know what you mean about this almost liquid metal quality to these...There are so many. You pictured this one very well. And I have seen some in different types of metal appearance. I wonder at what causes this colour to look this way....I wonder if anybody even thought to question...Take care and taker pictures:-)

Outstanding color and exposure Horia, those wings look great too..
Thanx for the detailed closeup of the abdomen, excellent :)
I would've patched out that small stray black mark bottom left corner if I was you..But then, you'd have to be anal retentive like me ;-}}
Have a nice weekend,

No es fácil captar esas tonalidades y creo que lo has conseguido por el buen manejo de la luz.Encuadre sobresaliente.La ramita del fondo estorba ligeramente pero es que sino sería casi perfectala toma.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-04 14:09]

Lovely macro shot, Horia!
The composition is superb!
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Great detail in the body, especially in the WS photo.
Superb light.

Well done,

Hi Horia

Great shot of this lovely lady
Good sharpness
Good composition
Good DOF
Good background


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-05 4:13]

Hi Horia,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful and elegant damselfly with such lovely colours and sharp details. Nice pose captured with superb lighting and a precise DOF. I like the sheen on its wings. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Horia!

I doubt that it is possible to do a better damselfly picture. Not only the metallic effect as you describe it make it outstanding, but also the phantastic composition with the horizontal line of the wing repeated by the haulm of the grass. It's simply superb, well highlighted by a subtle colour and lighting management.

Simply a piece of art!

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-07 4:30]

Hello Horia,
I'm sorry to have overlooked this splendid capture of yours! I like the different view of this female, hanging on a thin grass and with abdomen and wings separated. Great focus, sharp details and lovely colours. A wonderful diagonal composition too and a fine soft background. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-07 6:18]

Hi Horia,
Beautiful macro of this damselfly. Focus, sharpness, lighting, background, POV, metallic colors and composition look so good. TFS
All the best,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-07 10:37]

Hi Horia.
Now I see brilliant work of our nice lenses as well as your great use of equipment. All is outstanding. First of all it is terrific composition of the picture. It was created with by very simple tools – charming gracious insect (its lines and shapes are amazing) and nice stem. Absolutely BG is great for this transparent subject. Details and sharpness of the damselfly are unbelievable. Colour reproduction is ultimate. Bravo. Refined work. My congratulations.

Amazing sharpness, exposure and details. You really captured well the metallic colors of this little damselfly. Great DOF and the subject looks stunning against the beautiful green background.
Outstanding workshop example of the metallic reflection on the abdomen.
(I would like to see what the photo looks like without the out-of-focus stem in background. I tried a workshop to clone it out, but I still need practice with cloning).

Hi Horia,
a very tastefully well composed pleasantly rhythmical image with beautifully subdued colours. The workshop zoom-in seems to be very close to the limits of resolution, but of course it looks really good in its powerful abstraction.
Have a great time my friend, and enjoy the glorious days of summer.
Thank you! My best regards,

P.S.: I am just enjoying my first late night computer session in a well equipped hotel room since many days of blissful absence from modern technology - a short interrupt of urbanized comfort between exciting mountain trips through the unspoilt nature of our Alpine mountains. So much to see there in primordial sceneries, and every year is surpassing the previous ones in terms of density and beauty.

Hallo Horia
WOW! Just when you think you have seen it all on TN this comes along. Awesome macro. Detail and composition are excellent but its the light and colours that really do it for me. Excellent title chosen for this more than beautiful image. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Horia,
This image is a lie, Metallica guys are different to this one...ha, ha.
Speaking seriously now, the image is very well taken with good exposure and colours balance; good BG and delicate composition. In addition, a great job

Bonjour Horia
Une superbe macro! excellente netteté, couleurs et gestion de l'exposition, quelle reflets!!! Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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