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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2014, 11:37:22 AM »
Beautiful series Helmi2010


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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2014, 11:39:30 AM »
A couple from my archives:

"Blue Dasher"

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"Look Out Below"

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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2014, 11:47:04 AM »
A couple more....
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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2014, 11:49:08 AM »
Spectacular shots Helmi2010!

Here are a few of mine!

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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2014, 12:06:26 PM »
What an awesome thread with amazing work.  I'll humbly add a couple of mine:



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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2014, 01:02:25 PM »
These are great.  Please tell me there is a 10,000:1 delete:keep ratio!

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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2014, 04:42:14 PM »
These are great.  Please tell me there is a 10,000:1 delete:keep ratio!
I'm not sure about the others, but my ratio isn't that bad!  It's really hard to shoot them, though, especially at 360mm / ~1.5-2x (180 macro + 2x extender) like my top photo, which is uncropped.  They move fast, are timid and using a tripod is all but useless.  I love the challenge of shooting them, but only take their photo if I happen to see one.  I've never gone looking for them.  The other guys photos are spectacular and I'm guessing they've put a good deal more effort into them and would be curious to hear about how they shoot them.
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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2014, 04:52:44 PM »
These are great.  Please tell me there is a 10,000:1 delete:keep ratio!
I'm not sure about the others, but my ratio isn't that bad!  It's really hard to shoot them, though, especially at 360mm / ~1.5-2x (180 macro + 2x extender) like my top photo, which is uncropped.  They move fast, are timid and using a tripod is all but useless.  I love the challenge of shooting them, but only take their photo if I happen to see one.  I've never gone looking for them.  The other guys photos are spectacular and I'm guessing they've put a good deal more effort into them and would be curious to hear about how they shoot them.

My keeper rate is decent.  Dragonflies return to a specific perch repeatedly.  I set up a tripod with a cable release, prefocus, and fire a burst.  I didn't shoot any last summer, looking forward to using the 600 II (with a TC and an extension tube for more mag and a closer working distance – 1200mm frames ~4.5x3" at 12').
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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2014, 05:53:24 PM »
Amazing work, Helmut!

I'm also curious about your technique- how did you capture such beautiful shots of these fast moving flies?
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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2014, 07:04:58 PM »
 600mm   Mark II 1Ds
 no robotics used  in these  flight  shots LOL
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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2014, 08:45:54 PM »
Great pics.  If you want to get close to them while they are perched, go out early on a cool morning in the summer.  They sit very still until the sun comes up and warms them up. Take a flash with a diffuser or a reflector to get some light on them.  A bonus is that many times they have dew on them as well that can make the pic interesting.  The one I show here was during the day.  He just happened to land on a wood stake next to my chair while I was out shooting hummingbirds. 
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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2014, 09:29:12 PM »
These are some amazing shots in this forum ! The inflight picts are really cool.  I have only a few shots in my collection to contribute. My favorite is a pair  of Meadow-hawks mating.

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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2014, 11:28:59 PM »
Helmut and all: Good stuff!!

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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2014, 04:17:41 AM »
600mm   Mark II 1Ds
 no robotics used  in these  flight  shots LOL
Spectacular shots Gary!
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Re: DragonFly Series
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2014, 07:10:13 AM »
This was long long ago at the bottom of a ravine in rural Greece up to my armpits in a creek (and also before I had decent post-prod skills!):



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