Damsels

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Hi all!

Here´s some Damsels I shot while chasing River Dragons

3x Immature male Lestes sponsa, a Fairy Damsel, as we call them
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Mature male L. sponsa
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Female L. sponsa
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Coenagrion pulchellum pair mating
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3x female Calopteryx virgo
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2x female Calopteryx splendens
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Thanks for looking! :smile:
 
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Hej Jukka. Great shots. Wonderful clarity and light. I seems that the last Demoiselle has some damaged wings.

Lousy weather for the last 10 days but it is supposed to get better next week. Hopefully not too late for another trip to Skåne and try my luck again.
 
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Jukka,
Absolutely beautiful shots! These were all taken with the 300 f/4 with the PN-11.... correct?
 
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Hej Jukka. Great shots. Wonderful clarity and light. I seems that the last Demoiselle has some damaged wings.

Lousy weather for the last 10 days but it is supposed to get better next week. Hopefully not too late for another trip to Skåne and try my luck again.
Tak, Torben!

Yes, she has some damage there, it looks almost wings got burned but ofcourse it´s those pretty common damages they got when emerging...

Fortenately not 10 bad weather days here, but then again this summer hasn´t been that great so far... ofcourse nice sunny days every now and then but it´s still like there´s some sort of background winter chill somewhere in there...

Jukka,
Absolutely beautiful shots! These were all taken with the 300 f/4 with the PN-11.... correct?
Thanks, Paul!

All except Calopteryx shots were taken with 300mm + PN-11, Calopteryx shots just 300mm. They´re pretty large Zygoptera.

These are all great Jukka! I love the head on ones, when I shot Damsels a few weeks ago, I could not get myself in position for a head on shot...
Thanks, Rich!

That was the side of them they were offering to me. Everytime they took off and landed they were facing towards me, so I thought what heck, if that´s the way you like it, then be it... :smile:
 
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Wonderful shots again, Jukka. I like the pastel look of the first image, and you got a bonus little creature down lower on the same plant. All the shots are great.
 
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Wonderful shots again, Jukka. I like the pastel look of the first image, and you got a bonus little creature down lower on the same plant. All the shots are great.
Thanks, Tom!

I really loved the lightning when I shot some of those L. sponsas: it was just minutes before rain... it was really a pastel moment... although a bit too much wind, but the light was beautiful...

There´re 5 of those little creatures there, only one of them got wings... I wonder what happened after I went away:smile:
 
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Great photos!

I'm still learning - can you tell me what a PN-11 is.

Thanks,
Thanks, Anglela!

A PN-11 is a Nikon´s extension tube. It´s a very old desing and I´m not sure can you have that as new any longer. Lot of people use Kenko´s tubes which support exposure matering and (not sure) even AF on every Nikon camera.

As PN-11 has no any kind of electrical contacts it basically makes any modern lens as an old un-chipped MF lens. D200 (maybe D100 too) and camera above that are able to meter still. That´s also the biggest reason to use it instead of Kenkos, it´s really a problem free...

Well, tubes reduce the minimum focusing distance of the lens so that you can have more magnification.
 
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