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Calopteryx xanthostoma Calopteryx xanthostoma, immature male.<br />
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EXIF: Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.8 | f/5.6-8 | 12mm EXT Calopteryx xanthostoma,Western demoiselle,biodiversity,calopterygidae,damselfly,greatnature,insecta,insects,odonata,zygoptera Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. I don't know how you are doing this - phenomenal image.

    Posted 3 years ago
    1. Photography is, most of all, sharing, here it is: Image rotation 90ºCCW, the pending leaf and the immature damselfly... and this is important because when immature they fly very gracefully, bending their clear wings on a fragile flight. Impossible to touch, easy to follow. That's what happened - a warm cloudy day, leaving almost no shadows behind. I don't now the exact f-value on my 50mm 1.8, for sure in-between f5.6-f8, with 12mm EXT, no flash, no tripod, no crop. I like to share EXIF settings, but sometimes due to the data work I only have time to post a photo. I will post it on photo details! Thanks a lot, Dave. Cheers* Posted 3 years ago
      1. All the detail is there, from the abdomen skin texture to the finest venations at the tip of the wings - stunning.

        Posted 3 years ago
      2. I have the same question as Dave, and your answer does not satisfy me ;) I am jealous of the depth of field you achieve, with everything in focus and sharp. The settings in themselves (up to F8) do not explain this without crop or flash, so I'm still looking for your secret :)

        I think the exact 90 degree angle explains a big part of it, but it still feels like there's some magic going on here.
        Posted 3 years ago
        1. ;) Let's keep it that way, assuring non cropped, assuming no flash, most certainly no tripod either, neither image stabilizers. All my photos are edited with Adobe Camera Raw. I don't use Adobe Photoshop for photography edition, only for some aggressive treatments, which (thanks to the universe) is not this case, also. About f-value, my old 50mm 1.8 (sharp-sharp...) lens only has 5.6 value and immediately after f8. I miss values like 6.3, 7.1, so I must find a place to set the in-between value, just because f8 was taking me all the available light, and 5.6 was too opened. Look closely, please, the eyes are not focused... Posted 3 years ago
  2. That wing venation is incredible. Wonderful shot. I suppose they develop pterostigma later or it that only on deformed females. :)
    Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
    1. Hi, Mark! Adult males don't present pterostigma
      Calopteryx xanthostoma Calopteryx xanthostoma, adult male. Calopteryx xanthostoma,Western demoiselle,animalia,biodiversity,calopterygidae,damselfly,insects,odonata,zygoptera
      , only a blue banding on the wings, and darker eyes, after they are fully maturated. Only females present white pterostigma. Thanks a lot for the feedback, cheers*
      Posted 3 years ago

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The western demoiselle or yellow-tailed demoiselle is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It replaces the banded demoiselle in southern France and the Iberian Peninsula, and is sometimes considered a subspecies of that species .

The male of ''C.xanthostoma'' generally has more extensive colouring in the wings than that of ''C.splendens'', usually reaching to the wingtips. Unlike ''C. splendens'', the males have clear wings when first emerging as adults, only.. more

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Uploaded Apr 27, 2016. Captured Apr 27, 2016 14:08.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/1.0
  • 1/320s
  • ISO250