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My 100th Post!

My 100th Post!
著作権: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2006-07-16
カテゴリー: Insects
カメラ: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2007-01-10 4:46
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Hello TreckNature Lovers!
As the chances for posting a fresh 100th are very limited in Sweden at this time of year, I decided not to wait until I took a suitable picture and came up with this shot from last summer.

The Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) is a popular subject on TN and it needs no special introduction.

It suffices to say that this is a picture of a male taken by a fairly fast flowing small river about 25 km from my home.

Its close relative, C. virgo has entirely bluish-black wings. Often the the two species can be seen in the same habitat, though virgo seems to prefer faster flowing streams with clearer water.

The female is green with pale brownish transparent wings.

I took this shot at a distance of about 2.5 meters with my camera hand-held.

I would have liked to have had the whole length of the shadow in this shot but as it ended at the edge of the leaf it is presented in this way with only about 30% of the shot cropped away.
Best wishes to you all, Ivan

maheshpatil, JoseMiguel, horia, ralfsworld, star74, wkshelton, cataclysta, ferranjlloret, RAP, jcoowanitwong, meyerd, Alex99, ramthakur, Bufo, SelenE, Luis52, glazzaro, peter_stoeckl, Tamrock has marked this note useful
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Hi Ivan,
Congrats for your 100th post.
Sharp macro shot.
Well done.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Ivan,
First of all congrats for 100th post. Knowing that u have taken this shot from 2.5 meter and that also with crisp clearity, full marks to this one.Great details, specially eyes and legs. Sopt on focusing on head part. Composition is great. Its like he is just want to fly away from that post. Wish you very best for your journey and hope climate changes soon so that we would get to see your great images as usual.


Hello Ivan,
Very clear and sharp this image!
I like the metallic colors, specially on the body.
Good details on the pattern and structure of the wings.
I like a lot also the compositiion and frame used.
Congratulations for this photo and for the 100th post, and wish you an early change of weather,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-10 7:17]

Hi Ivan and congratulation for your milestone post!
This is really a great event and you celebrated it with a wonderful picture!
This damselfly is very beautiful here! I really like the details here - very clear and sharp especially on the head and body, where every single hair is visible!
Also, the colors, tones and reflection are amazing as well as the lighting.
Very nice POV, DOF and composition, too!

Bravo, TFS and keep them comming :)

Congratulations, Ivan!
Nice colours & details of this guy. Well presented with interesting notes.


... vi hrs om en vecka... jag skulle visat hela skuggan av insekten :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-10 8:09]

Congratulations Ivan on your 100th post. It is a fine one with superb color, great detail and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Ivan,
Great capture and beautiful colors.
The blurry BG,POV and sharpness are amazing.
Great job.

Hello Ivan,

Excllent work, great colors bg pOV DOF Oerfect details very crisp, I really like the colors bg pOV odfthe photo alot, Congrat on the 100th

TFS Kyle

Hi Ivan
Congratulations for 100 post. Very special one. I like the strange POV with the shadow on the leaf.
Best wishes

Hi Ivan,
An excellent photography for a good celebration. Congratulations.
Salutacions cordials.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-10 9:30]

Congratulaciones Ivan por las 100 presentaciones!
Una interesante imagen de esta especie siempre tan atractiva por sus maravillosos colores, bien capturados aqu.
Me gusta el punto de vista captado, con la belleza del insecto muy bien iluminado y el bonus de la sombra que colabora con la est騁ica de la presentacin.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Congratulations Ivan for the 100 presentations!
An interesting image of this species always so attractive for their wonderful colors, very captured here.
I like the captured point of view, with the beauty of the insect very well illuminated and the bonus of the shade that collaborates with the aesthetics of the presentation.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hi Ivan,
A superb picture taken from 2.5 meters and hand-held. Incredible sharpness and exposure. Thanks for sharing this well done picture. Congratualtions for your 100th post and looking forward for more of your fine pictures.

Dear Ivan,
what I think I learn from this very succesful shot is as follows: you could do it hand-held, you held your flash in hand as well, you had no second light source or reflector.
Right? So I have something to try next summer.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-10 11:01]

Hi Ivan.
My best wishes for your 100th post and many thanks for your contribution at TN by wonderful pictures, nice notes and interesting comments.

I like this shot as many-many others your pictures so much. Amazing diagonal composition, excellent colours and sharpness of the insect, great reproduction of its texture and texture of the leaf, wonderful lighting and its reflection into dragonfly's eyes. Bravo, my friend, and good luck.

An excellent capture worthy of your 100th post, Ivan. Congratulations!
You have apparently set your targets on the frontal portion of the Demoiselle and done a great job. I am riveted on the clear colours and details in focus and cast a second look at the shadow only after reading your note. Frankly, shadow does not interest me in this picture.
Wishing you the best for your next 100!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-10 13:36]

Hello Ivan , Gefeliciteerd met je honderdste post ,het is een prachtige damselfly , mooie compositie kleuren pov en bg , goed gedaan , Groeten Teunie .

bonjour ivan
la 100ieme est magnifique,les reflets metalliques ressortent super bien.
la nettet est tres bonne sur toute la demoiselle(un peu juste sur la queue).

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-10 14:29]

Hi Ivan,
if it's up to me it's just the beginning and I'd like to see a lot more of your pictures here on TN. You choose one of my favorite damselflies as your 100th post. Not far from my house runs a stream and in summertime it's full of banded demoiselles. Great metallic colours and sharp details. Keep on going!!
Best regards, JAcob

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-10 15:16]

Hi Ivan,
My compliments first of all for the posting - may you do another hundred. Secondly for the shot that is in my opiniopn stunning. Fantastic colours and pin sharp detail make it outstanding. Even the shadows help in making it so pleasing to the eye. I particularly like the diagonal framing of the insect that makes the compo so effective.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2007-01-10 15:51]

Hi Ivan,
Congratulations on your 100th post!
I love the radiant colors of this animal a lot. The focus, sharpness, colors, contrast and the composition is very good. TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-10 20:40]

Hola Ivan. Felicidades por tu foto No.100. Con este bello Macro. Luz colores y nitidez muy buenos. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-10 22:30]

Hello Ivan

Congratulations on your 100th post.A most impressive damselfly.The colours are bold and vivid.The DOF is excellent and the shot is well focused.The details are sharp and crisp.A lovely blurred BG rounds out the photo.Well done.TFS


Well it is a beauty, excellent detail and exposure is on the money, well done!


bien vu cette jolie DEMOISELLE, les couleurs m騁al sont parfaiotes, bon BG
bravo et merci

Brilliant shot for the occasion, congratulations, many more more I hope

Well done


Hello Ivan,
What a great shot for your 100th post! Congratulations! This insect is so nice; I love its brilliant color and you caught razor sharp details. This POV, composition, exposure and DOF are just prefect to me. This is a superb post and I wish you many others to come. I enjoy your interesting and talented contribution to this site. Thanks,

Hello Ivan,
very beautiful capture, perfectly focussed, splendid colours - what a well shown iridescence! Very beautiful blinking light enhanced by the shadow of body on the leaf.
Congratulations to this shot, perfectly fitting for the special occasion. Thank you and congratulations for 100 postings!
Best regards,

what a great sharpness!
fine exposed in the nice lightning
very well done ivan!

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 99 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-15 16:49]

happy 100th
and an interesting shot of the flyer with wings folded...
the head and thorax are really sharp and i think what makes it so immediate are the dark tones against the green background.
didnt notice the shadow being of any distraction..fine as it is..you could have shortened it a bit so it didnt touch the edge of the frame..?

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