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Photographing Dragonflies And Damselflies - Have a look at David's collection of Dragonfly and Damselfly imagery all taken with a Tamron zoom lens.
"This may rate as one of my favourite shots taken with the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD lens," says David. "These characters aren’t the easiest to catch on camera, but the rapidity of using the manual focus wheel, combined with the small maximum aperture of the lens allowed me to track this dragonfly with ease. This perfectly illustrates the versatility that you can achieve when you really examine all of your equipment in the way that this project has allowed me to and is just one reason why this lens will be sticking with me long after the end of the challenge."
"This chap posed very proudly for several minutes. This is a great example of how good the 18-270 PZD can be when everything comes together in just the right way, with good distance between the subject and the background," explains David.
"This is a Banded Demoiselle," says David. "If you get the chance, watch one in-flight as it's quite beautiful."
David says: "Another Banded Demoiselle, this time a female. The grace of these insects in leisurely flight belies the speed and agility that they are capable of; this lady disappeared from my viewfinder for only a couple of seconds. In that short time she shot out three feet, and returned to the same spot with this lacewing. The females generally seem more cautious than the males, and are certainly harder to spot."
"The Banded Demoiselle is one of my favourite species of damselfly, due to their spectacular flight. The male’s wing markings appear electric blue under the right light, and they appear almost butterfly-like in the way that they move," explains David.
"The range of the Tamron 18-270mm PZD means that you have quite a bit of leeway in how you use your depth of field to enhance an image," says David. "For this image, I used extension tubes to increase my working distance, and then chose a combination of aperture and focal length that allowed me to include some of the foreground grasses without them detracting from the main subject. This added some layering to the photo. This means that even when working space is tight (with grasses very close behind and in front of my subject here), I’m able to select a focal length that will narrow the focal plane further, or widen it to include more of the surroundings."
"This Damselfly was resting a few feet over the water and due to the bright sunshine, I was able to use a couple of extension tubes (totalling 56mm) to bring the insect within range. This meant I was able to throw the background out of focus more than normal," says David.
To see more images taken with the Tamron 18-270 VC PZD superzoom, take a look at David's blog.