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Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by j.ankanpaa, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Hi all!

    Here´s some Damsels I shot while chasing River Dragons

    3x Immature male Lestes sponsa, a Fairy Damsel, as we call them
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/30s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/45s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/100s    ISO 200

    Mature male L. sponsa
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/80s    ISO 200

    Female L. sponsa
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/60s    ISO 200

    Coenagrion pulchellum pair mating
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200

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

    3x female Calopteryx virgo
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/100s    ISO 200

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

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

    2x female Calopteryx splendens
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 200

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

    Thanks for looking! :smile:
  2. photofox


    Jun 8, 2008
    Over here
    Lovely shots with wonderful colours. :) 
  3. Thanks, Nigel!
  4. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    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.
  5. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    Absolutely beautiful shots! These were all taken with the 300 f/4 with the PN-11.... correct?
  6. 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...
  7. Jukka! Absolutely beautiful. So lucky to have that many varieties.
  8. 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...

    Thanks, Paul!

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

    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:

  9. Thanks, Birgit!

    Well, we have only 18 Damsel species here and I think that´s not really much :wink:
  10. 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.
  11. 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:
  12. 3whiteroses


    May 23, 2008
    Great photos!

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

  13. 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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