|I have an entry that experienced a similar fate-
The Doc pointed out something in his comment that is worth noting and applies to your shot, as well.
As for my comments on this, I think you did well, but it's more just (as Louis noted) about the level the bar is set at here for these types of shots. The saturation is fine, colors vibrant but not insane. I'm unsure of if darkening the leaf a bit would improve or detract- on the one hand, the bright leaf makes the damselfly stand out better, but it also makes it more of a prominent element ( Yo_Spiff was correct about the suborder ID on this- the easiest way to separate members of Odonata into dragonfly and damselfly is if they can fold their wings rearward).
Well done, but the voting crowd demands immaculate photos for macro.
ETA: It is surprising how close that lens focuses... the same is true of my 28-70. I've found mine takes VERY well to a 36mm extension ring, as well. Gives you 1:2 through a bit over 1:1 and is very useful. Just some food for thought.
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