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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:09 pm 
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Went out to a local park today. Played about with the various lenses, the most challenging was insect shots with the macro lens. This has a narrow DoF when used wide, and you need it for the light. Even with a 90mm lens, for 1:1 macro the minimum range is some 20cm or so. I don't think I was at min distance for this shot. Getting that close to an insect before it decides to disappear is kinda tricky. All this not helped by the wind, which messes up the focus by moving stuff around. I used manual as AF was too wobbly as any movement made it want to lock elsewhere. Anyway, this was the best shot, and I'm really happy with it :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:35 pm 
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I really like it. Love the color of the dragonfly! Good work.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:20 pm 
WOW, Amazing shot! and with these conditions...
Love the colors and sharpness!


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Hi popo and hello to everyone looking for the difinitive thread for dragonflies at Camera Labs!
Popo delivered a very good starting point for the ultimate collection of dragonfly-shots and their comments and critique. The idea is to keep all images of dragonflies at CL together for easy reference and enjoyment.

I've posted an article here to illustrate the idea and discuss about it.
In the meantime feel free to post your shots here!

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Here's my own entry to this thread. A smaller variant with a very "fluttery" flying-style.

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Gear: Sigma 300mm f/4.0, at f/4.0 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, magnification approx 1:3
And yes, I can attest to the challenges of getting the plane of focus adjusted correctly with the subject

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wow.... great color!

Only thing that I thought could have made it better was that the head of the dragonfly was in focus rather then its wings. But even that is not that big of a deal. I really like it. Good capture.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:22 am 
I don't have a macro lens yet, but here's a close-up I took today of a dragonfly usng the Nikkor 18-200VR lens:

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I love the way these things always seem to have a cheeky little smile on their faces!

This was shot handheld with the:
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ISO 400
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I had to crop the original image because I couldn't get that close to it before it flew away, but here's a crop from the original at 200%

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Obviously not great quality at 200%, but it just goes to show what you can do with the 18-200mm lens....very versatile!

I really want a proper macro lens though!!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:51 pm 
I noticed that 'Stumpy' seems a little deficient in the leg department. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:35 am 
Nice thread! Here is my little contribution..

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Minolta 50mm/2.8 macro lens, handheld, F/7.1, ISO 800, 1/250 s.
Wow! I can't believe it let me get close 3 cm for 1:1 macro!


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Whoa! And at 3cm your subject didn't take flight?!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:12 pm 
I just took a bunch of dragonfly photos in the past two weeks....
Sorry for the bad focus on this one. Was using a telephoto lens at full zoom.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:28 pm 
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YAAY!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:49 pm 
Thomas wrote:
Whoa! And at 3cm your subject didn't take flight?!


No, I already elaborated this in another thread - in Canada insects are not very shy and allow you getting very close for a shot :D
Seriously, I do not have any trouble getting close with my macro lens to any insect exept butterflies.


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MBrutus2009 this one looks very delicate. I bet it flutters more like a butterfly, not the hover-zip-zoom-bang type, eh?

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Hey all these shots of the creatures are brilliant, they really are a colourful species. Mbrutus, looks like your creature is hanging on for dear life.
Well done to everybody,i should imagine its one of the hardest insects to capture. :D

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