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Aeshna grandis pt 1: Female

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by j.ankanpaa, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Hello there!

    Now that it´s already cool weathers of autumn here it´s the time to shoot some Darners. During summer months they are very active and it can be very frustrating to try to shoot them. But now it´s totally different. They leave their nightly hiding places when the sun warmes them enough but pretty soon after some circulating in-flight their body temperature drop and they need to go down and perch in sunny spots. This is the time of the Darner season I have waited for, even a Brown Darner (A. grandis) is very easy-going and lets you very close.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/40s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/250s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/50s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/40s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/30s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/40s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/40s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    Thanks for looking! :smile:
  2. Outstanding images Jukka, WOW!
  3. Crave

    Crave Guest

    Jukka, some words from me!

    The colours, and ligth are so natural, and the definition speaks for themself!!

    Perfect serie!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Excellent series! The lighting and details are superb.
  5. Great photography! very interesting Darner.

  6. Thanks, guys!

    It was really one of those perfect days to shoot these. Sunny enough for them to come out but cool enough to force them to perch often and cloudy enough to get nice soft light.

    Brian: I guess there´s not that many brown colored Darners out there, is there...
  7. Stunning work Jukka
  8. Awesome!

    What lens was used? :smile:
  9. Hi John!

    these were taken with a Nikkor 300mm AF-S F4. With those close ups I used also a Nikon PN-11 extension tube.
  10. Great work as usual Jukka, just a great series, really like 5 and the last. I need to try and get out this weekend, thanks for the tip about the cool weather, for we have really had a dip in temps this week also.
  11. Thanks, Tom!

    This is really the time to shoot these big guys. Don´t know about your cool weather but here´s something like 10C (maybe +1 to +3 to that) = 50F and if sun is shining even a bit every now and then they can be found... And OH, they are so calm...
  12. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Brilliant shots. I've never seen such clean shots of that lady before.
  13. Beautiful as always Jukka and thanks for the lesson regarding this time of year. It is my first autumn with dragons and that is good to know. Up to now the only darner I really got close to I had to crawl through weeds
  14. And thanks for posting that link! I watched the whole thing. Never would have guessed that those stigmas aid in flight.

  15. kiankheong


    Nov 19, 2007
    Very nice.

    Sharp, sufficient DOF, and a nice background to complement these shots.
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