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Up close and personal

Discussion in 'Nature' started by grebeman, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Two very confiding dragonflies showing detail of the head, the photographs are uncropped and full frame from the camera.

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    Golden-ringed Dragonfly

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    Common Darter

    Both photographs taken with Panasonic G1 and 105mm, f/2.8 Sigma macro lens

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  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Astounding! Well done, Barrie!:bravo-009:
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  3. RonSmith

    RonSmith Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 7, 2010
    Those are outstanding, Barrie!
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  4. Briar

    Briar Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 13, 2010
    Bonnie Scotland
    These are fantastic - very well captured!

    Cheers, Briar
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  5. et100

    et100 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Chicago area - USA
    awesome captures!
    was it hard to get them? what aperture, shutter, iso have you used? handheld or other ways? (i cant see any exif info)
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  6. aznick

    aznick Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Arizona USA
    Amazing shots Barrie, very sharp.
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  7. ricseet

    ricseet Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 20, 2010
    Hi Barrie, excellent images - sharp with lovely colors.

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  8. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 13, 2010
    Damned, that is close-up!!!

    Tell us how you did that?
    - Fast hand-hold action
    - Zoom lens on tripod icw attraction trick to get them to go to this specific location
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  9. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Firstly thanks to all who have looked at this thread and passed comments, much appreciated.

    I will now attempt to answer some of the questions arising. I am a naturalist first and a photographer second, so some knowledge of my subject has been applied to these captures. It is no co-incidence that both of the above dragonflies are females of the species. When the male emerges from the larva stage it spends a few days maturing and then takes up a breeding territory which it defends against other males and also uses to capture and mate with females that enter it’s territory. As such it rarely perches, and then only for a few seconds at best. The females mature away from males territories and then when ready to mate they will enter a males territory. Having mated and laid eggs they will then spend the next three or four days quietly away from the males before their next mating. Both of these were probably in one of those quiet periods. They were found perched as seen and did not fly or move away despite my close approach. Both had almost certainly mated at least once judged by wing wear and other factors. Both were photographed in dull conditions with slight drizzle at times which also might have made them less active, although nearby male Golden-ringed Dragonflies were constantly on the wing despite the poor conditions.

    So they were not grab shots, the camera was tripod mounted and some considerable time was taken to get into the optimum position for the shots. The lens used was a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro in a 4/3 mount with a 4/3 to m4/3 adapter, focusing was manual, the camera used was a Panasonic G1.

    Exif data is as follows:- Golden-ringed, iso 400, 1/160 second, f8, 1/3 under exposure, multi segment metering.
    Common Darter, iso 400, 1/50 second, f11, 1/3 under exposure, multi segment metering.

    Since I now have a large collection of close up photographs of a variety of species originally using P & S cameras such as a Nikon Coolpix 4500, followed by an Olympus E10 and then an Olympus E1 I am now setting myself the task of obtaining better (in whatever form you define better) shots such as those above, thus there will be many more tripod shots taken than in the past and if I lose shots because of that approach so be it, there’s always another day tomorrow, although I might still attempt hand held shots first for species that I have not previously photographed.

    I hope the above has given you all some insight into the methods employed to obtain these shots, and once again many thanks for your interest.

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  10. MikeB10

    MikeB10 Mu-43 Regular

    Great work. Very nice.
  11. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 20, 2010
    Oh My :eek: 
    Those are great!
    I have this lens.... I most get the PK>m/43 Adapter now.

    btw, was the lens at 1:1 of at a set ratio? It looks like maybe 1:2 or closer.
  12. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 13, 2010
    Dear Barrie,

    Nice combi-hobby and thanks for the back-ground story, very interesting and keep on sharing the amazing results!!!
    - My father started to show some interest in bird-spotting, but not (yet) the combi with taking photographs

    Personally I think flower / building / nature shots can be nice, but typically good shots of animals and people keep my interest much longer. In some way for me photography is also about the challenge towards being able to catch the shot.

    I thought these at another forum were also pretty impressive:
    Frog in the river (vacation pics) [Page 1]: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

    Best regards,

  13. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 13, 2010
  14. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Thank you, Barrie, for the explanations, and the WOW pictures!
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