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I admit...Sometimes I cheat

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by tojor, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    One of my goals is to get as many of our national species of Dragon- and Damselflies as possible. Some of them are rare and I would have to drive 5 -6 hours to catch them.

    Instead I decided to cheat a little. In Sweden I can find some of the species just a little more than 2 hours away. So sometimes we put the dogs in the car, take the ferry to Sweden (30 minutes) and drive up to a wonderful Swedish countryside with forest and streaming waters.

    The dogs are put in stake out with a bone to chew on. My wife sits and enjoy a good book and I go hunting for Odonata. After a couple of hours we have lunch and enjoy the nature.

    This is our set up at a Swedish country road that runs along the stream.

    NIKON D300    ---    55mm    f/9.0    1/250s    ISO 320

    The stream where I shoot.

    NIKON D300    ---    18mm    f/9.0    1/80s    ISO 320

    I've already shown some of the shots of the Calopteryx virgo here

    Here's another shot of this beautiful Damselfly.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/100s    ISO 250

    The male Orthetrum coerulescens (Small Blue Arrow)

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/125s    ISO 250

    The male Onychogomphus forcipatus.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/10.0    1/25s    ISO 250

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 200

    Why do I think of Charlie Chaplin?

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/10.0    1/200s    ISO 200

    The beautiful feather legged damsel, Platycnemis pennipes.


    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 320

    Mating couple.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/125s    ISO 320

    The males protect the females during ovipositing.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/160s    ISO 320

    Also got a Somatochlora metallica male.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/100s    ISO 320

    After a great day enjoying nature we can still make it home for dinner.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  2. that's not cheating to me
    amazing shots
    love those first 2.... nice setup
    i know you have to go through a lot to get these amazing shots
    thanks for giving us some insight
  3. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    Really really nice Torben. I like that Somatochlora metallica.
  4. Your work always give me a lift. Super work!
  5. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Greg. I'm glad it's not work, pure pleasure. :smile:

    Thanks Paul.

    Thank John.
  6. Matthias


    Apr 13, 2007
    Central Texas

    I like your pictures a lot. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Great shots Torben - nice dogs too :) 
  8. Hentez


    Aug 9, 2008
    Columbus OH
    Congrats on some great shots, it look like you had a great time.
  9. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    What an impressive set!

    Your knowledge of the dragonfly natural history is also impressive and certainly adds to your posts.
  10. Great set, Torben

    The Onychogomphus forcipatus is a beauty. Are Somatochlora species rare over there?


  11. senna


    Jan 6, 2007
    San Jose Ca.
    Good stuff Torben.
  12. I never cease to be amazed by the quality of your Dragonfly/Damselfly photos! You've probably answered this question before but here it goes anyways: what kind of lens set-up do you use?
  13. cleoent


    Dec 21, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    All i can say is thank goodness for cheaters! Spectacular pictures!
  14. Always a joy to see a new post by you.

  15. jaikdee


    Feb 25, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    Beautiful images. Until I started viewing your posts I thought a dragonfly was a dragonfly. How good to see all of the variations with the proper name.
  16. Really splendid shots, Torben.
  17. Thymen


    Jun 18, 2007
    The Netherlands

    great photographs. Very inspiring!

  18. Spectacular! Torben! I love them all of course, but that one of "The males protect the females during ovipositing" is just amazing...
  19. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee

    Exceptional photos AGAIN!

    Thanks for sharing the photo of your van, wife and dogs - lots of dogs! and the area you shoot!

    I enjoy seeing the diversity of dragons and damsels!
  20. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Matthias. I'm glad you liked them.

    Thanks Paul. The dogs are part of my winter obsession - using them for sled races.

    Thanks Hentez. I enjoy nature very much. Shooting dragonflies means that I have an excuse to get out there whenever I can.

    Thanks Holmes. Being out there with the creatures is very educational.
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