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Calopteryx splendens

Calopteryx splendens
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon, Sigma EX APO Macro 180 mm F/3.5 IF, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-16 7:49
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Calopteryx splendens female
The Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens is a European damselfly. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers.
The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown.
The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip, and a metallic green body.
Females can lay up to 10 eggs per minute for 45 minutes. They lay in a wide variety of emergent or floating plants, sometimes even submerging to do so.
The eggs hatch after 14 days. The larvae have very long legs and are stick-shaped. They develop over two years, usually. They tolerate muddy water and overwinter buried in mud. When they are ready to moult into an adult, they climb up a suitable reed or plant and shed their skin.
Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found in lush bankside plants and on floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found among mature, slow-flowing streams and rivers and sometimes canals.

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Ciao Robi,
splendida macro di Calopterix splendens, mi piacciono molto la messa a fuoco selettiva e i contrasti di luce, eccellente nitidezza, stupendo BG.
TFS. Maurizio

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-16 9:04]

Hi Robi,

You have chosen a very interesting lighting solution in your photo. I like the strong light falling on the insect rendering well the details of head and torax. I also like the strong light reflexions on the insect as well as the resulting colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-08-16 9:42]

nice picture.
good details on its face

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-16 10:17]

Hi Robi.
First of all I am very impressed with amazing light colour palette. It is so delicate and very pleasant for look. Second is great composition of the image and very impressive POV. Pictured damselfly is a cutest photo model I have ever seen. Details and sharpness of the insect are stunning. Bravo. Well done and my best wishes.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-16 10:42]

Hi Robi

Great shot of this beautiful damsel!
The pose you captured here is terrific, catching her with the jaws opened.
Good focus and sharp details on the head, while the DOF makes sure all the vewer's attention is focused at this element.
Nicely done.

Bravo and TFS

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-08-16 12:32]

Jolie posture pour cet étonnant insecte.
Bonne journée.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-16 14:01]

Hi Robi, This is a fine close up of the face on this damselfly. you have fine detail and focusing in the eyes.with bright colours and a nic POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Bonjour Robi,
This is excellent and fine macro shot!
the lighting here is simply amazing with great sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details in the shot
a very pleasing and pleasant presentation
well done

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-17 5:57]

Bonjour Robi,
Image toute en finesse et un angle de vue choisi parfaitement. Excellente maitrise de la lumière aussi. Un petit bijou que tu nous présentes ici.Un grand bravo.
Bon dimanche

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-17 5:57]

Hello Robi,
A great macro of a female C. splendens take from an almost frontal POV with fine sharpness and right focusing to make good use of the limited DOF. Nicely composed on the single blade of grass against a neutral BG.
TFS this beauty,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-19 0:54]

Hello Robi,
Wow, I like the pose of this one where you have very sharp focus on the face. I like the way the legs are spread out and the fine details. Beautiful colours too and a lovely pastel colour background in this splendid composition. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Well focused where it must be Robi, great detail.
I like the POV, very good color and the light was well managed.

Marvellous focus on the eyes, Robi.
This image is of a very high quality, both technically and aesthetically.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Ciao Roby, splendid macro with wonderful damselfly, great focus, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-24 11:28]

Bonjour Robi! Superbe détails hyper nets, jolie composition et excellente technique! Bravo et merci!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-05 13:24]

Hi Robi

There is something very beautiful and delicate about the BG colours, light and softness. The damsel has excellent clarity and the focus is perfect. Great POV



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