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Registered: August 2008
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I ventured out into the back yard with my macro lens shortly after a rain shower to see what tiny beasts were about.
This dragonfly was just sitting on a twig, waiting for the rain to pass.
This was a tripod shot, using a handheld, off camera flash diffused with a sheet of white A4 paper.
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Registered: February 2008
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Wed July 28, 2010 10:59am

I know a dude in Alabama who does a lot of dragon-fly images. He uses a 300mm lens with a 52mm extention tube. The result is a really soft background bokeh and crystal clear subject matter.

IF I remember correctly, these critters are best shot around sunrise with very ambient soft lighting. That way they are in a still-sleep mode and the light is just right.

I've got the feeling...that it's a bit too bright here...which has created a bit harsh shooting conditions...it's not quite there. It's not easy capturing these buggers I know, so kudos for trying.

Registered: August 2008
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Wed July 28, 2010 12:25pm

Cheers Kev. I agree on the lighting. It was a bit hit-and-miss, as I had the speedlight in my hand, positioning it at different spots/distances as I fired a couple of shots off with a remote trigger. The Dragonfly was remarkably agreeable to what I was doing (probably just wanted to be left alone until the rain had completely gone).
I've got a lot of respect for the photogs that shoot a lot of macro out in the wild. There's a lot to it.

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