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Calopteryx virgo

Calopteryx virgo
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite shots, Anna's Favourites 1, Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-19 14:43
Viewed: 3973
Points: 57
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today was a wonderful day - hot, sunny, full of insects. First, me and my mother (known here as Noisette) went together for a walk with our cameras. At first, we went to the lake of Jaegerthal, were we found tiny frogs who still had their tadpole tails, some butterflies and huge, huge blue dragonflies. They were very impressive. I watched them fly all around me, I saw two males fighting (or what looked like fighting) over the water, then I saw a female lying eggs on the water, and it was like heaven for me. But, as it is late already and I am too lazy to look for ID tonight, I decided not to post any picture of them for now.

Later, we went to another lake, at Obersteinbach, where we found some others species, of both Dragonflies and Damselflies. They were flying all around us, dancing very gracefully in the air, just above the water. Unfortunately, my mother's batteries were empty at this moment and she could only just watch while I was taking pictures.

On this place I found this beautiful male of species "Calopteryx virgo", one of the most beautiful Damselflies we can find in my region (I think). I love its metallic blue color.

After I had made loads of Dragon- and Damselfly pictures, we went back to my car, and on the way we met a very nice butterfly, so I had to take some more pictures, and at home I made a photo session with my cats, because they were sitting so nicely in the grass full of flowers, and at last I managed to get some pictures from the birds who are nesting under our roof. So, you see, it was a very busy picture today, for me and my camera ! :-)

I will post Dragonflies, butterflies and birds in the next days, but first I will need some time to find the IDs.

I hope you like this picture !

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bonjour Valerie

une superbe macro-hoto de cette insecte avec un
excellent POV et cadrage, belle luminosité douce,
superb focus avec d'excellente netteté et détails,



Hi Valerie,

Great shot
Excellent colors, Compo, POV, DOF and BG
Perfect sharp details

TFS Thijs

Hello Valérie,

J'aime bien cette image techniquement bien réussie et pleine de charme. J'avais déjà vu plusieurs de tes images il y a quelque temps et je vois au nombre de tes points que tu es une fidèle du site. Personnellement, j'ai pas mal posté sur des sites français et je reviens vers Trek qui est vraiment très eclectique.
@ plus.


Good composition, excellent detail, looks like you were prepared for the shot, nice work.


Hi again Val, a sunningly perfect macro shot of this beautiful d-fly in a fine composition with great details and fine POV.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Valerie! Good to see you after some break.
Happy to know you had a great day for nature photography.
For me, it is all barren this year, making me dig into my archives. Moreover, it's so hot here I can't think of an outing.

Coming to your picture of this beautiful Damselfly, it is a mind blowing picture in terms of technical excellence and aesthetic beauty. Every bit of the subject is needle sharp and the colours are a feast for the eyes.
Can't wait for next picture from your lucky day shoot, so keep them coming regularly!
All the best.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-19 21:59]
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Hello Valérie,
A great macro of C. virgo, a young male that has not yet matured to gain its blue eyes!
Technically this is excellent and the composition against the OOF green BG is perfect.
Thanks and welcome back!

salut Val!
en voila une bien jolie macro! tout y est couleurs nettetée cadrage focus !
merci pour ce joli partage
a tres bientot

Hallo Valerie
You are very fortunate to have your mom as a photographic partner, and it sounded if you had a wonderful day. All sounds perfect, just the way I see this photo. Everything in this image is just beautiful and very pleasant to look at. The metallic colours, the detail of the wings and the spiky hair on the paws, the big eyes and last but not the least the beautiful shadow of the damselfly on the green leaf. To round of all this beauty is the star shaped piece of grass or weed under the leaf. Focus, sharpness and composition also just right. A definite PPP – Pretty, perfect, picture. I missed out on some lovely shots whilst being busy for the preparations of my son’s wedding on the 9th May. Now everything is back to normal and I can page through the gallery, when I have the time. I am glad I saw this beautiful one of yours today. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Valerie,
Excellent shot, sharp details and a beautiful composition.
Very beautifull damselfly.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-20 2:01]
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Hi Valerie,
Excellent close up.Exposure is psot on,focus couldn't be better.DOF,colors,sharpness and details are perfect.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-20 3:20]

Hello Valerie,
Wonderful photo in splendid clear colours. The sharp focus is perfect. Great details. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-20 3:33]

Hello Valerie
Wonderful and perfect capture. Well done.

Hy Valerie
First, lucky that you can go out with your mother and taking pictures. Second, lucky that you had such beautiful day. We connot cry enymore for spring-summer.
I think that is an excellent picture, I like the sharpness and the details. Metallic colors are wanderful. Congratulation for this capture!
Kind regards, Oana

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-20 4:46]

Salut Valerie
Tres beau closed up de cette insecte.Bon PDV et image bien en focus avec de jolis couleurs,Bonne PDC et excellent texte.
Merci Michel

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-20 4:47]

Hello Valerie,
What a great colors and shot of this beautiful dragonfly. BG, details, especially wing texture wonderful. Sharpness and also frame very nice. Thanks.
Best regards Siggi

hello Valerie
super composition with great sharpness and beautiful colours
yes it is great when you see this insect flying
i have found this species also in greece and i have make picture's
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-20 10:48]

Hi Valerie.
This is absolutely outstanding close-up. My heartfelt congratulations. Picutred scene is stunning. Quality of the shot is extraordinary. Fantastic sharpness, awesome colours, brilliant POV and composition. Bravo.

Salut Val
je me souviendrai longtemps de cette journée que je nommerai " à la recherche des libellules "
cette calopteryx virgo était un model très docile et tu as pu le photographier avec d'excellents détails et de magnifiques couleurs, très belle pose aussi
Félicitions !

Ciao Valerie,
quelle belle photo de cette "demoiselle" Calopteryx virgo prise avec une excellente netteté, les couleurs sont très belles et naturelles, très jolie composition avec un arrière-plan très beau et doux.
Merci et félicitations

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-20 15:19]

Hola Valerie,
fina macro,
con agradables tonos e iluminación.
atractivo trabajo,

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-21 7:22]

Hello Valerie,

Excellent macro work. The details are splendid with beautiful colors and tones. I love the POV and composition a lot. The lighting and sharpness are spot on. Well done. TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-21 8:19]

Bonsoir Valérie,
Une image très fine et bien cadrée de cette magnifique libellule. J'aime beaucoup la forme de la feuille sur laquelle s'est posé Calopteryx virgo formant un petit pont naturel où un petit parachute de pissenlit s'est posé. Tu as aussi capté une belle lumière. Dommage pour ta maman.. mais elle aura rechargé ses piles en attendant.
Bonne soirée

Hello Valerie,
Candid shot. I can not think of a better sharpness & color tones in any of the photographs on TN. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-21 9:30]

Hello Valerie,
You seem to have some wonderful nature spots nearby and I hope you'll show us more of dragon- and damselfliles. This is a lovely capture of C. Virgo in a lovely pose. Excellent sharpness, light and colours and I like the little dandeliion seed as well!! Very well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-21 12:16]

Bonjour Valerie!

Absolutelly stunning picture of one of most beautifull damselflies! Super sharp, with amazing, metallic colours and excellent composition. This is real gem, my friend!

Hi Valerie,
I see spring has certainly arrived in Europe.
This is a beautifully composed shot of Calopteryx virgo.
Lovely light and emerald colours.
Very nicely taken.
Cheer & TFS

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-01 23:36]

Bonjour Valérie,

De toute beauté!
Les couleurs sont agréables (je n'en ai encore jamais vues de telles) et la technique de la photo parfaite! De très grands détails.

bonne journée,


Valerie, this is an outstanding photo of this damselfly. Just beautiful. Great job. Have a great day. Bill

Privet, Valerie,
Superb! I love your macro-photo!My compliments!
An interesting note!

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