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BruceRH

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This spider builds a new web each night in my backyard between 2 trees, a span of about 10 feet which is pretty incredible to me! Last night I figured I would try to get some good images of him/her. AF was difficult but not bad, the biggest issue is this thing keeps moving, and quickly! Amazing creatures.
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Not dragonflies, but something called damselflies, apparently. A female ebony jewelwing and a male American rubyspot:

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Forgive me, the Olympus 100mm Pro macro lens is not out yet, so I had to use the 12-100mm F4. Zenfolio strips the exif from resized files, but you can find the full exif on Flickr:
Ebony jewelwing
American rubyspot

Also keep in mind, I always use a polarizer for photos in the park, so if you wonder why the shutter speeds are so slow in the sun, that's probably why.
 

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E-M1X- 40-150 f2.8 pro. ISO 2000. 1/800s
Thanks for looking
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Thanks. I wasn’t about to provoke it, with that one very menacing mandible. He was already in this position when I found him. I think he was hoping to nab a skipper.
 
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Tiger swallowtail Some kind of fritillary butterfly.

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Walter

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Ken, all your last series are just mind-blowing. Beautiful in lighting and wonderful background. And just perfect in composition. It's a real pleasure to look at them.
Btw, how do you manage to come that close to these extremely shy creatures? With the 1.8/75mm I never come close enough. But I love that lens as you get them in their usual habitat.
 

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Ken, all your last series are just mind-blowing. Beautiful in lighting and wonderful background. And just perfect in composition. It's a real pleasure to look at them.
Btw, how do you manage to come that close to these extremely shy creatures? With the 1.8/75mm I never come close enough. But I love that lens as you get them in their usual habitat.
Walter thx for the comp. I use a 105mm macro and a 300mm f/4. Also I use a flash most of the time. I also use a tripod. On my 300 i usually shoot at f/9, 200 shutter. On my 105 it usually winds up at f/13--f/16 at 200 shutter. Its a lot tougher using the 105 as the little buggers are jumpy---try to get two feet close up. My 300mm gives me a 4-5 ft distance. That 300mm is really the cats meow. I can usually sit out in the yard and wait for dragons to come to me. They are quite predictable ---they seem to have their own branch and territory staked out. If I can be of any help let me know.

Ken
 

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