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Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady
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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: 2006-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 3:29
Viewed: 4672
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today something from warm summer days - a portrait of female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens).

Demoiselles are one of my favourite insects for sure. They are so different from any other damselflies especially when you watch them flying.

I very much like to photograph these guys but I find it quite tricky most of the time. They are quite shy and usually fly away when you try to get closer. When I photograph them in my pond I usually have to take off shoes and get into water. What is quite interesting when you approach Demoiselles very carefully the get used to you and stop flying away. In fact some of them seem to stop paying attention at all.

The one on my picture was quite easy to photograph comparing to some others. To get this shot I had to get into water though. It wasn't so bad considering the fact it was a hot summer afternoon :-)
The DOF is shallow on purpose because I wanted to concentrate on the quite interesting "face".

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tres bon, bonne capture et ces gros yeux sont tres bien ressortis, bonnes couleurs
bravo, merci de partager

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-08 4:02]

Hi Monika

Another beautiful macro work from you!
Indeed, this banded demoiselle looks more than charming and you managed to capture it from a great fromtal POV. Hence, the details and focus on the head is terrific!
I also like the lighting very much, the strong contrast between the damsel and the leaf in it sitting on and the nice shadow it casts on it.
The DOF used here is excellent, too, keeping a lof of the insect if good focus.
The vertical composition is wonderful and the presentation great!
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Monika

Congrats on an impressive macro. Stunning work! :-)

Hi Monika,
Good compo and DOF; eyes are like gems.

Hi Monika,
Seem to me that this damsel is keeping a careful eyes on you. Very nice composition and color saturation. Greetings,

hello monika

beautiful phto I like much good capture and these large eyes and beautiful depth of field cheer

nice eric

very nice foto tfs .........

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-08 6:46]

Hello Monika,
Excellent capture.POV,DOF you managed,colors,framing,eye contact,sharpness,clear details and composition are wonderful.Have a great week!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-08 6:58]

Hello Monika,
You manage very well your big equipment and you offer us a superb portrait. The Demoiselle seems to look at me with her big beautiful eyes ;-)
The "+++" : subject, pose, vertical composition, exposure, sharpness, DOF, colors, note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS !

Hi Monika,
This is a superb shot. The vertical framing and head on POV are excellent. Beautiful rich color saturation and sharp detail. The falloff in the DOF is perfect for this shot. Awesome camera work here!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-08 7:28]

Hi Monika,
Great capture! Your POV and the DOF is very good. The colors are excellent. Very good focus and sharpness. TFS

Hello Monika,

Excllent macro, perfect details, very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, perfect colors bg POV nice work

TFS Kyle

Stunning portrait Monica!
Nice POV, well managed DOF and warm colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-08 9:23]

Hello Monika,
Wonderful bronzy colours and good focus on eyes in this interesting shot. Nice composition, I like it!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-08 10:28]

Hi Monica.
What an unusual and amazing POV. Excellent portrait of this cute insect. I like the reflection in its eyes and face so much. The cropping is very suitable and skilful as well as the delicate impressive colour palette. Nice work. Mt best wishes and TFS.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-08 10:48]

Hi Monika,
The rule book says symmetry and central framing do not work. I see you threw the book out the window and headed your way, doing just great. Here symmetry works just fine, especially when complimented with pin sharp detail and brilliant colour rendition. Great shot indeed!!!

bonjour monika
la tête est parfaitement nette.
j'aime le POV.bonne note egalement.vraiment tres reussie.

Hello Monika,
What a delight to see you posting your fabulous pictures once again! I was sort of "out of commission" for the past 2 weeks and could not get back to your postings sooner in response to your critique of my picture of a dragonfly posted around Christmas.
The close-up image of this Banded Demoiselle's face leaves me speechless in amazement at its sheer beauty. This is Monika at her best once again! What a pleasant thought :-)!
Thanks a million for sharing this super image.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-08 14:12]

Una macro nítida, clara y bien enfocada Monika con bellos colores y una excelente iluminación.
Los detalles del insecto son realmente muy marcados, sobre todo en la cabeza del mismo.
Me agrada la combinación utilizada entre el encuadre vertical y el punto de vista captado.
Gracias y mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Clear, razor sharp and well focused macro Monika with beautiful colors and excellent illumination.
The details of the insect are really very marked, mainly in the head of the same one.
I like the combination used between the vertical framing and the captured point of view.
Thank you and my best greetings... Ricardo

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-08 14:24]

Hello Monika , What a fantastic shot you came , realy great capture the details colours and hur eyes are amezing , greetings Teunie .

Nice work Monika the detail is nice and this POV is great! with nice light good DOF blur TFS rgds Necip.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-08 15:26]

Hello Monika,
very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-08 16:05]

Hi Monika,
Great golden reflection and excellent pov and "visual contact". Lovely and warm light.
Best regard, José M.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-08 20:53]

Fajnie ze znowu sie pojawiasz. Portret switezianki en face to jest dopiero sztuka. Podziwiam swietna ostrosc, detale, piekne cieple swiatlo i kolory.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-08 21:11]

Hello Monika

A beautiful macro shot of this damselfly.The eyes look like gems,and the detail is sharp and crisp.The colours are well saturated ,it looks great against the blurred BG.TFS


Salut Monika
Magnifique photo que cette jolie demoiselle.J'aime beaucouo tous les détails et les belles couleurs .
Belle présentation et très beau back ground
Merci et au revoir....JP

Hello Monika, this is great! Excellent detail where it really matters. The composition is very good too. Very well done.

I have done a Workshop just to alter the levels a little, I hope you like it and I hope you don't mind.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-11 11:07]

Hello Monika,
excellent macro, amazing sharpness and great DOF. POV and colors are excellent. Beautiful composition.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-01-21 13:12]

Another excellent shot, unusual but interesting and creative POV. I like your choice of a relatively shallow DOF here, it works very well with the focal point low in the image and really adds emphasis to the amazing detail you've captured. More great work from you!

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-04-10 8:58]

Hello Monika,
A superb portrait of this guy. The shallow DOF is excellent. Wonderful saturated colors, shadow of insect and BG.
Bravo and TFS,

Hello Monika, good to hear from you again. Great head on capture with precise focus were it matters. Minite details are impressing and colour saturation gives punchy image. Very well done.

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