Photographing damsel flies in flight

kilofoxtrott

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Hi Karen,
I've got my own experiences with flying damselflies...
1.) You'll need light - a lot of light
2.) The lenses I've got the best results: 105mm Micro, 70-200mm VRII, 200-500mm
3.) Aperture: f/8 or f/11 to get enough DOF.
4.) Manual focus: Pre-focus and wait until one of it passes through your DOF.
5,) Shoot in CH mode. The more picture you shoot the better is your chance to ge one good image,

For me the rate of pictures taken and good pictures is 200:1.

Good luck
Klaus
 

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Thanks, that was good. I've done a few of these myself. ProCapture is great with one that is sitting thinking about taking off, as one can be sure to capture the takeoff sequence and not miss it. But capturing one in normal flight is very difficult, I've only managed one or two.

Here are two from my garden.
Large red damselfly:
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A broad-bodied chaser taking off...
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Hi Karen,
I've got my own experiences with flying damselflies...
1.) You'll need light - a lot of light
2.) The lenses I've got the best results: 105mm Micro, 70-200mm VRII, 200-500mm
3.) Aperture: f/8 or f/11 to get enough DOF.
4.) Manual focus: Pre-focus and wait until one of it passes through your DOF.
5,) Shoot in CH mode. The more picture you shoot the better is your chance to ge one good image,

For me the rate of pictures taken and good pictures is 200:1.

Good luck
Klaus
Wish we had dragons here along the lake!
Thanks, that was good. I've done a few of these myself. ProCapture is great with one that is sitting thinking about taking off, as one can be sure to capture the takeoff sequence and not miss it. But capturing one in normal flight is very difficult, I've only managed one or two.

Here are two from my garden.
Large red damselfly:
View attachment 1666444

A broad-bodied chaser taking off...
View attachment 1666445
Nicely done, Richard!
 

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