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Calopteryx splendens male

Calopteryx splendens male
Photo Information
Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Damselflies, Nature's cutest, Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-29 3:45
Viewed: 18740
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Calopteryx splendens male / Banded Demoiselle male / Weidebeekjuffer mannetje / Gebänderte Prachtlibelle männchen / Caloptéryx éclatant mâle.

The Banded Demoiselle is found on rivers, streams and drains of moderate to slow-flow that have beds of silt and marginal vegetation. Males perch on bankside vegetation in order to attract females.

C. splendens is very similar to the Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo. The males of the two species are easily differentiated as in C. splendens the dark wing pigment forms a broad central band whereas in C. virgo it is more extensive.


-Mature males have a metallic blue-green body with a broad, dark band across the wings
-Females have a brilliant metallic green body and the wings are tinted green with a white pseudo-pterostigma in mature females.

Source: http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/5617.htm


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Ottimi i colori di questa composizione.
Buona nitidezza e sfocatura dello sfondo.

Hello Harm,
First time to see a metallic blue damsel. Nice composition and sharpness. Crisp clear picture. TFS.

Magnifique aspect évanescent.
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-29 5:24]

Hello Harm,
I wonder why you've kept this hidden for so long! It's fantastic, not all in focus but the composition is soo beautiful, the blue against the attractive grey background.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Harm ,
very nice image.blue color this photo is very nice.
good sharpness and BG.

Oh wow, what a beautiful species.
Stunning capture, I love it.
Great work Harm

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-11-29 8:33]

Hi Harm, very good sharp macro photo, the composition and the combination of colors are excellent, Juan

Hello Harm!
What a wings! They're really a master piece, painted with that vibrant metalic blue.
Fhe focus is just enough to enjoy all the tangle-structure of the upper-right wing, with the white branch under it.

Hello Harm
What a strange damselfly,
Perfect composition,
Beautiful colors,Welldone.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-29 12:47]

Very nice macro Harm with amazing colors and POV.

I like it a lot: sharpness, color, composition, POV, focus, DOF, lighting, background.

I like it: framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

This specimen is incredible bautiful, thank you for posting.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-29 14:59]

The wings are so beautiful and the colours and white lines make this appear almost abstract


great job,
love the colors,


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-30 3:18]

That metallic blue is gorgeous, Harm.
You did a great job of rendering it.
Great details on the right wings.
Interesting pose and composition.
TFS. : )

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-11-30 13:04]

hi Harm, very nice shot with good coloures and nice coloures.,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-01 3:38]

Hi Harm,
Nooit geweten dat er zulke libellen in nederland leven.
Prachtige blauwe kleuren, prachtige compositie.

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