Dragonflies and Damselflies

Maximilian

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Yet another well backlit anax:

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koenkooi

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With that many around I could try to get some more artistic shots. My goal for this photo was to get the shadows projected on the grass to line up with the actual wings, but it didn't quite work out, the MFD of the RF100-500 combined with it being a bog didn't allow for getting into the right spot without much larger rubber boots :)
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AlanF

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Another one in the shade. My wife saw through the kitchen window a dragonfly land in the deep shade of a bay tree in a slight drizzle. It was a Southern Hawker, a huge 70mm long dragonfly. Here is the full length beauty and homing in on its eye at 500mm. Iso 2500, pushed through 3 stops, equivalent to 20k.
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EricN

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That's a really difficult waiting game. To move really, - r-e-a-l-l-y - slow towards them ;)
I hope for more luck next time. Still a really nice picture, Eric.
Thanks. I think it would have been better if I'd stopped down, but I was excited to see the lens wide open.
 

Maximilian

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Sometimes you can get really close:
Eos R5 + Laowa 15mm Macro @ f/8, Iso1600
Great series, Nemorino.

Especially the first one is fascinating as one is not used to such UWA macros. Seeing the BG that sharp still having the damselfly so close is fantastic.
And the flare is some great artistic effect and not a flaw of the lens ;)
 
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Nemorino

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And the flare is some great artistic effect and not a flaw of the lens ;)
Thank you!
To be honest I had to remove a larger flair (bottom, left). It's a disadvantage of the WA macros: in one direction you get the shadow of the lens on the subject. In the other direction these flairs. :-(
 

koenkooi

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This one landed in my garden and remained long enough to swap the RF100-500 for the EF180 + flash. The A4 sized softbox turned out to be not soft enough, the highlight in the eye resisted to all local adjustments in Lightroom.

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