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Dragons from B

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by j.ankanpaa, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Hello!

    Some dragons I shot in Bulgaria. Nikkor 300mm AF-S f4 was used.

    #1 Female Crocothemis erythraea
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 400

    #2 Male Crocothemis erythraea
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/250s    ISO 200

    #3 Male Orthetrum cancellatum
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/350s    ISO 400

    #4 Female Orthetrum cancellatum
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200

    #5 Male Orthetrum brunneum
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 200

    #6 Female Orthetrum brunneum
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 200

    #7 Male Libellula fulva
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    #8 Libellula fulva pair mating
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/90s    ISO 200

    #9 Male Cordulegaster boltonii
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/125s    ISO 200

    Actually, the previous one was shot here... I was just testing are you awake :tongue:

    #10 Female Sympetrum sanguineum
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/180s    ISO 200

    #11 Female Anax Parhenope
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/640s    ISO 400

    #12 Male Aeshna isoceles
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/250s    ISO 200

    #13 Male Aeshna isoceles
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    ISO 400

    #14 Male Anax parthenope
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/6400s    ISO 400

    Thanks for looking!:smile:
  2. Jukka,
    Your clarity and detail are nothing short of spectacular! What is your typical focus distance? Are you using (I doubt it) a 500D close up filter? And are you doing these handheld?
    Regardless of your answers I am quite impressed with your work.
  3. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Fantastic shots Jukka. I'm also impressed that you got two in flight. I'm sure that we don't have the Crocothemis erythraea in Denmark so I haven't seen that before. I thought that the Orthetrum cancellatum males were blue and the females were more yellow.
  4. SSchex


    May 18, 2005
    Louisiana, USA
    Another outstanding series. Gotta love the 300.
  5. Thanks, Dave! :smile:

    When I shoot dragons focus distance is about 1.4-2m (4.6-6.6ft) depending the size of the dragon... With damsels it´s about 1 m (3.2ft) as I use Nikon PN-11 tube when shooting them. No 500D...

    I use a tripod, wired remote + MLU when ever it´s possible, meaning when there´s no wind or subject is on a solid ground or branch. Ofcourse those in-flight shots were hand-held...
  6. Very useful information! Thank you
  7. Tak, Torben! :smile:

    C. erythraeas were my favourites in there... Beautiful colored males and very terrier like behaviour... reminded me of another red devil we happen to have here at home :smile: By the way, according the Dijksta´s book I have they can be seen pretty close to Denmark, so who knows how soon you´ll see them there...

    Male O. cancellatums are colored as females when they are immature... (frankly, I´m not so sure was it a male as I can´t see clearly its tip of tail, but the place where I shot it was a very typical "war zone" of males and females don´t usually sit in those places :smile: )
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  8. Thanks, Scott! :smile:

    You got that right!!! :smile:
  9. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Jukka, at what shutter speeds do you feel that MLU is helpful.
  10. Hej, Torben!

    I haven´t tested that. But what I have read I think it´s something between 1/50 to 1 sec. When conditions are like I can´t use MLU I try to get shutter at least 1/200 to be "sure". I checked some of my recent shots and I´m sure the following pic was taken without MLU and no wired remote. Shutter speed is 1/80 and I think it´s an ok shot, although I can see some bluriness at 100%
    (Cordulegaster picta male):
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 400

    Have you tested how the exposure delay on D80 work let´s say 1/50?
  11. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Jukka.

    No, I've only been down to 1/80 with the 300 mm. This shot was surprisingly sharp and detailed (a young S sanguineum) but apart from that I feel I could getter better pics with lower shutter speeds than I do. Will try the exposure delay next time I'm out in the field. Right now the weather sucks. If I'm not totally satishfied I'm going to let the D80 go and get a D200. Right now I'm trying to catch the A imperator. Although they are scarce I found some at a local pond in the woods. I've been down there 3 times but the keep cheating me.
  12. Riki


    May 7, 2005
    Warsaw, Poland
    Hi Jukka,

    Absolutely amazing shots. You mentioned somewhere that you were using the Gitzo 2220 tripod. I was wondering what Ball head do you use.
  13. Thanks Riki!

    I use a Markins M10.
  14. You had a wonderfully productive trip. I am amazed at the range of species you found - and of course at the excellence of your photos.

  15. Thanks, Alan!

    Yep, it was a great trip! Ofcourse all the thanks goes to our excellent guide who´s a well known Bulgarian Odonata specialist guiding us to all those wonderful places. During the trip we saw 42 species, personally I photagraphed 35 species, 25 being new to me (23 being non-finnish species) ...
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