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Blue Nymph

Blue Nymph
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 3:42
Viewed: 4980
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Since this year I didn't manage to take any good shot of damselfly so here's something taken last year.
I kind of lost that picture and found it by accident when I was searching my archives for pictures to my website.

This is probably a Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum). I'm not 100% sure about that, but it is no doubt very blue :-)
In Poland they are called Pond nymphs and they are rather common in my neighbourhood.

It is almost full frame shot, cropped only a little bit. I wanted to do something different and don't show whole Damselfly.
These damselflies prefer to sit in grass on the sloping banks of my pond rather than on water plants. Therefore it's quite easy to choose the right POV and framing. With most of my d'flies you can't really take a decent shot withough getting wet :-) Especially Demoiselles do their best to avoid banks and sit far from it, somewhere on water plants.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-10 4:14]

Hi Monika!
Very good macro. Common is proper word to describe this insect :-) Maybe even plague is better :-) Anyway - very good details and quality. As always I'm surprised that you achieved so good result with your compact. I like body of damselfly - it looks like painted porcelain. Intersting note, don't walk to much without hat ;-)

Hi Monika,
Very sharp and clear picture. Your cropped create a mystery of missing parts. Yes this is something different and very interesting.


Excellent sharpness and detail of the subject. I like our composition, POV, OOF BG and subject choice. TFS,

Kolejne bdb udane makro.
Bdb kadr, kolory i GO.
Sztuka nie przepalic tego obiektu i Tobie sie to udalo :-)
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-10 6:00]

Hello Monika,
An excellent macro.
A very good composition with nice detail and a good clear contrasting BG.
Very well done,TFS

Great POV, DOF and colours, Monika.
This a lovely specimen and you are fortunate to have them in plenty in your neighbourhood.
TFS and take care.

Ciao Monika,
ottima foto, bei colori , dettagli precisi e ottima composizione!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-10 6:42]

Hello Monika,
Very nice macro,it's very close and well detailed.I liked POV,simple BG,use of light,colors,framing and composition a lot.

Hi Monika,
A superb macro shot! Very beautiful saturated colors. Detail is very sharp. The vivd blue and green colors are great in this shot. I really like the composition and framing very much. Well done!

Nice close-up, well worht a big green smile. TFS.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-10 8:10]

Hi Monika,
Great color, excelent pov and very good blured bg.
Un saludo,
José M.

Hi Monika,
Very nicely composed, and an excellent POV.
Great detail, BG, and I kinda like the powder blue color ;)
Very well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-10 8:32]

Hi Monika
Very nice macro shot. I think it's good to do something different and this works very well. I think having the wing in the bottom corner helps a lot, but I'm not sure why :-) It just looks right. Technically it's everything we've come to expect from you, perfect exposure, DOF, great detail and lovely colours. A nice composition, good work.

Hi Monika !
This is really an awesome shot ! Excellent details - we can even see the little hairs - and wonderful colors on the damsel's body, I like this pale blue so much ! Fantastic composition and excellent DOF, with a blurred BG that highlights the damselfly very nicely. Very well done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-10 13:00]

Hi Monika.
What a beautiful shot. Astounding combination of green and light-blue colours, isolation of main subject and BG. Sharpness of details is outstanding. Composition and POV are excellent. Perfect done. TFS.

hi monika
excellent gros plan de cette espece pourtant assez petite.bons details et superbes couleurs.

Hello Monika, excllent colors, BG, POV DOF perfect details, everthing is really crisp, Great work, TFS Kyle

Hi Monika,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.
I have a feeling this is an Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), but I'm not 100% on that.

Thanks for posting, have a great week ;)

Bonjour Monika
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue en Macro. Les couleurs,les détails et l'éclairage sont parfaits.
Je ręve du jour ou je vais pouvoir en prendre une comme celle-ci
Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.....JP

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-10 17:19]

Hi Monika,
Excellent macro. Great lighting, outstanding colours and details. Also good shallow DOF and Very well composed. Well done and TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-10 17:44]
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Hello Monika, I'm amazed at the DOF you get for F2.8! It's a great composition with a good BG too. The focus looks fine and it's definitely blue :-) Well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-10 18:28]

Bonjour Monika!

Cette prise est superbe et originale. Les couleurs sont douces et le contraste légé et frapant ŕ la foi.

Bravo pour la netteté et la compo.

Hi Monika

This is an excellent photo. There is really nothing I would want to change here.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-11 4:09]
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jest ich u nas sporo, mam kilka w archiwum ale marnej jako¶ci. Szkoda cięcia z dołu. Bdb jako¶ć, kolory i głębia - ok.
Pozdr. Al.

very clear detail shot monika,
the shot is well taken and the pov is great, and the composition is very nice to look at, good job.
gr. jaap

A great macro, perfect DOF, even the feet are in focus which are what usually fall outside the acceptable DOF. lovely blurred background. Perfect exposure and good colour as well. I wonder if I should get myself a compact camera instead of buying a macro lens for my SLR? :)

Hi Monika.
This is very close and detailed, very good photo more considering the equipment used. Good POV and composition too.

Excellent detail in this close up macro, once again the blues and greens are a dynamite combination that makes this an exciting image. :)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-07-26 10:02]

hi Monika
excellent close up photo. beautiful composition. point of view, blured background, depth of field, colours and details are great. good frame and informative note also...
thanks for sharing

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-28 17:31]


Bardzo dobre makro...


momo widocznych niedoskonałości w postaci rozmyć i aberracji chromatycznej, które wynikają z optyki i małej matrycy aparatu piękne zdjęcie

Hello Monika,
An excellent macro.
A very good composition with nice detail.


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-07-17 2:58]

great colors, composition and focus! great details, blurred bg. very well done

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