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Calopteryx splendens f3

Calopteryx splendens f3
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-01
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-12 6:21
Viewed: 2702
Points: 50
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Calopteryx splendens mingrelica Sélys, 1869. Androchrome female
Banded Demoiselle

Calopteryx splendens, is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 millimetres and a hindwing length of up to 36 millimetres .
The males are metallic blue or blue-ish green and have translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. The extent of the male wing colour varies widely individually and geographically. Many subspecies have been based on this variation.
The females have metallic green body and translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip (a pseudopterostigma).
It is a Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and north-western China. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers.

In Cyprus Calopteryx splendens is a common species found along the streams of the Troodos Mountains. The subspecies occurring in Cyprus is Calopteryx splendens mingrelica Sélys, 1869. In this subspecies the male wing colour extents to the wing tip. The androchrome females (with coloured wings) are also very common in Cyprus populations.

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Ciao Christodoulos, superb macro of elegant damselfly in a lovely diagonal composition, beautiful lighting BG, fantastic metallic colors, wonderful light, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-12 6:48]

Hello Christodoulos,
The calopteryx splendens is splendid indeed. And the photo too. What a perfection. Incredible! Congratulations with another masterpiece.

hello Christodoulos
very good sharpness composition with super details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-12-12 9:11]

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid lights and colors, very fine sharp details on this photo! Useful description too.
Regards, Joska

A splendid splendens! Wonderful blue, yellow and green metallic colours, excellent detail, nice background.
regards yiannis

very beautiful exemplar Chris, congratulations !
as always very good details and light management,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Hi Christodoulos,
perfect point of view. Very nice photo of this dragonfly. Excellent details.
Have a nice week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-12 10:37]

Hello Christodoulos.
Really great!Stuning colours of the dragonfly and fantastic composition, DOF, POV and sharpness.
Best regards Siggi

Magnifcient MF Christodoulos! Top quality in a superb macro.


Christodoulos, this is such a beautiful photo of this damselfly. I love the composition, sharpness and POV. Thanks so much for commenting on my Mallard photo. Have a great week, Bill

Hello Christodoulos,
Beautiful diagonal composition taken from ideal POV with excellent sharp details. I also like the colours and OOF BG. Well done!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-12 14:28]

Fantastic image, Christodoulos!
Top sharpness and detail, splendid light and brilliant colours; nice blurred background, great POV. A Beauty!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-12 15:54]

This is one of the most difficult insect to take,and i'm whit the mouth open,what a perfection on colors,fantastic work my friend,the best splendens of the year,no doubt.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Christodoulos friend!
A classic very well managed!... In the top 10 of TN today!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-12-12 17:41]

Beautiful species.
Fine macro photography.
Accurate focusing. Precise point of view.

Excellent capture & good sharpnees of this Calopteryx splendens
Regards Ferran

Hi Christodoulos

One my favourite species of damselfly. Great capture with classical composition and POV. Superb sharpness, great work


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-12-13 1:52]

Hello Christodoulos,
such a lovely capture of the damsel. i like the wings, so unique with half blue and grey. The sharpness is superb.
Very pretty indeed.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-13 4:32]

Beautiful species captured with fine details and colors, lovely pose too. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
What a lovely image with fantastic colours. It is a wonderful composition
with perfect focus and great POV. Incredible....as usuals the clarity of image
Regards Paolo.

Hello Christodoulos,
This is amazing picture.
I find anisoptera larva (may be Anax sp) last week.
Its like fish :) And than I put in aquarium.
The insect larve eat 3 fishes in aquarium.
This is very bad.
Have a good day dear friend.

Hi Chistodoulos,
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,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-14 5:14]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
What a fine palette of colors, from blue to metallic green through golden reflections. Well presented picture with simple composition and perfect sharpness. Splendens, really!
Kind regards

Hello Christodoulos,
wow, fantastic capture of this damselfly with perfect sharpness and a well chosen POV. I especially like the wonderful background and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Even though common in your country, this is one beautiful capture for me, Christodoulos. Love the details and sharpness in this shot.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Christodoulos

Great macro with fine POV and diagonally framing,
wonderful light, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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