Dragonflies and Damselflies

koenkooi

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Two focus stacks from summer 2021, I finally had enough motivation to run all the CR3s through Topaz Denoise and then stack them with Helicon Focus. Both were taken around 7 in the morning, the first using ISO6400, the second with ISO3200. The built-in focus stacking feature was used, so it's all e-shutter, taken as fast as the lens can re-focus.

The dragonfly in the bottom picture grew an extra appendage, it moved its leg during the shoot :)

R5 + EF180L:
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R5 + RF100L:
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I really like the metallic effect on the first one, it looks like brass.

Nice shots, Maximilian.
 

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My first Common Blue Damselfly of the year too. The UK and Germany must be in sync - I wish it was in other areas too! Here's one in flight with a gif. I had 5 seconds of it with a 100 shots, but I removed 90%.

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R5/500mm: Azure Damselfly, Female Common Blue Damselfly, Female Red-Eye Damselfly

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Two more exuviae,
1st from a four spotted or scarce chaser.
2nd from a damselfly, I suppose azure one. That one was tricky, hanging by a thread in the wind ;)

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Maximilian

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The beautiful demoiselles have returned

1st a male hovering while searching ... (couldn't avoid the grass):
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2nd: ... searching for a female like this:
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And this should be my first black-tailed skimmer male scarce chaser (edit, thank you @AlanF ) in 2022:

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And this should be my first black-tailed skimmer in 2022:


Excellent shot. Well done, Maximilian.
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And this should be my first black-tailed skimmer in 2022:

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It's actually a Scarce Chaser. By coincidence, I got my first Blacktailed Skimmer today. The Scarce Chaser has blue eyes. This Blacktailed is still immature. Edit: the yellow veins and dark bases of the wings are more consistent with a Scarce Chaser.

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