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John Alexander Photography
I have realised today why I cannot be a wildlife photographer. Firstly I do not own a lens that is heavier than I am, secondly I seem to lack any patience at all with wildlife and thirdly my knowledge does not exceed that of David Attenborough's documentaries. I have done some wildlife photography in my time, certain child portraits spring to mind, but unlike people (most people) you can usually direct them to achieve the photo you envisage. Tell a damselfly to do a 'looking into the distance pose' and you will find that it will turn the opposite way round and fumble into the undergrowth. This annoys me.
It had just been raining and I dressed appropriately for the task in hand - jeans with a hole in the knee, loafers with a hole in the toe and a t-shirt...with a hole in. I saw a damselfly hovering around the stems of grass and I thought I would find out if I was any good at wildlife photography. 6-7 minutes later I was getting pretty angry and quickly came to the conclusion it was impossible and it couldn't be done. The wind blew the alien-like insect in and out of my viewfinder and was practically impossible to focus on its eye.
I put my macro lens into manual focus, and waited for the dulls in the wind in order to take the shot. Eventually I managed to get these shots when it fell further down the stem where less wind affected it.
I would love to know what you think, if you like them I may consider doing more, however I may upgrade to some proper animals which don't blew in the wind.
John

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:100mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Damselfly
Username:johnalexander johnalexander
Uploaded:30 May 2010 - 1:41 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2010 - 1:43 PM

A Superb macro shot with big Eyes,very well taken.
saeid

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Jolind
Jolind  5 United Kingdom
30 May 2010 - 1:48 PM

I love it, well shot. Dont give up on the wildlife, I am the same as you, I get frustrated but sometimes you get lucky and just manage to capture a great shot. I only do it for fun but enjoy it immensely but can't say I am anywhere near calling myself a wildlife photographer. I think you photos are great (much more professional looking than mine) - keep them coming.
Joyce

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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2010 - 3:47 PM

it a very nice shot

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2010 - 5:34 PM

It's great - and it sounds as though you were actually having a lot of fun even if you weren't aware of it! In any case if something was easy (and boring) wouldn't you get someone else to do it? This damsel's eye contact is an achievement!! A

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wideangler
31 May 2010 - 8:32 AM

Know what you mean! Great shot anyway.

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avacreates
14 Jan 2013 - 5:04 AM

I always appreciate good humor with in a good write up. Great image. Id like to say that you chose one of the most difficult bugs to photograph. They know your watching so they keep moving. I've had more luck with snipe flys and many other bugs. Don't give up because otherwise you will miss out on the most extraordinary beings that we share life on this planet with.
Ava

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