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A Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly - Aeshna affinis
...caught in flight...
Canon 580EX, email@example.com
400mm + 48mm Extension
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Wow, fantastic close up.
The 1st of many "clicks" I'm sure!
As much as I'm fed up of seeing dragonflies, this has to be the best I've seen.
Beautiful work Tim - that's what I meant to do with mine!
First class macro action capture. Well done, a real beauty.
Incredible. What's that expression?...."frozen in time" Probaly the best dragonfly shot from all the recent weeks....Perfection
Brilliant shot.Not easy to capture these on the wing with such detail.
Oh blimey! Now that is an awesome shot indeed. Best in flight by a mile. Spent a lot of time last year trying to get these shots - not easy at all and I never got anything this good!
Keep thinking I should get a set of tubes to try with my 100-400 though I seem to keep spending all my money on holidays lately!
Crisp detail and a clean background - the result is a very graphic image. The 100-400 with extension tubes is an interesting combination.
Very very good love this one excellent work
Really beautifully done Tim and as sharp as a needle. Never an easy subject to capture
You bugger....You uploaded that on purpose, you rotten swine!.....LOL
That's does it, I'll have to pull out my real corker for tomorrow now!
A mighty cheesed off Ade :-(( LOL
Wow Tim, I'm just as impressed as Ade :o)
WOW - fantastic shot, really can't see how you could improve on it! Sarah.
Wow Tim, this is amazing. I'd be happy to get a shot this good of one that wasn't moving. Plus you get the added satisfaction of one-upping Ade, lol.
Beautiful photography Tim,I continue to be amazed.
Brilliant lovely detail colour and composition and good d.o.f.
how you got this in focus I'll never know!
Just no reason for anyone else to try this again as this is absolutely perfect and cannot be improved on or probably matched. An absolutely amazing photgraphic fete.
Sorry, iv clicked now
Wow, another RC, I am honoured!
Thank you all for your encouragement and kind words!
I will dedicate this shot to Brian and Ade who definitely inspired me to give this shot a go. Would you believe this was my first attempt!?
I would strongly recommend the long lens with extension tubes (or extender) to anyone doing this kind of thing and also the high speed flash, unless you have copious sunshine!
This species is known for it's tendency to hover almost stationary from time to time and that means you have a second or so to prepare the shot (manual focus!) that would be otherwise impossible!
This is an amazing shot..well done.
Can't say any more than hasn't already been said.
Simply - Wow!
Top work indeed!
fantastic capture, no need to ruin your RC with sarcasm!
A first class capture!
Thanks again for your comments!
Nothing sarcastic there Maddie... RCs don't come every day for some of us!
WOW that's amazing!! I love the colour and detail well done!
Perfect Tim and thanks for giving me a real laugh with your comment on my thorny Self Portrait, made my day..
Tim: One question on the combination of 100-400 + tubes.
Having never used tubes before, does combining tubes with the 100-400 result in a drop in light getting through? And if so, how much. Basically I wanna know how much extension I could get away with before I lost autofocus. Also, how much closer are you able to get and how much at the far end of the focus range do you lose? I understand you don't keep infinity focus when you add tubes?
If the quality of results is good enough I could thenhopefully get away with the 100-400 + tubes instead of taking a macro lens when I travel to africa (and then stick in another wide angle in my hand luggage) one day I'm gonna get picked up on my 15KG rucksack when the limit is 5!!
Well done Tim, excellent clarity where it needs to be
John, the extension tube will take off a stop for every 12mm you add on roughly, considerably reducing the light getting through. Also reducing the infinity point to less than 5 metres at 36mm of extension.
You seem to have chosen very sunny countries so far! In the Swiss alps, it shouldn't be much of an issue, unless you want to suddenly switch to photographing an eagle at 300 metres!
This set up is good, but probably even better would be to add the 2x extender to a 300mm f2.8 prime lens. Then it's just a question of money!
I have used up to 70mm of extension without losing autofocus, although manual focus is really essential with extension tubes at 400+ mm focal length as the tiniest movement has to be compensated with subtle adjustments to get a truly sharp subject.
Also, it depends on the subject, small butterflies are probably still best taken with a 180mm macro lens. If the subject is over 5cm in wingspan I would recommend the 100-400 with extension.
Well that should save you a little packing space!
Cheers for that Tim!
If I had the money (and the strength!) I'd walk around with 5 cameras set up to cover every situation!! The times I had to change from macro setup to wide angle for landscapes or the big zoom for squirrels or something was very annoying. I guess we can't have everything easy!
A wonderful capture ... such clarity and detail! He has an almost comic strip character face! Love it! Click*
Dragonflies in flight are beyond me and my camera.. this ones about as good as I have seen, can't say fairer than that!
Top banana - well impressed.
Stunning captur, showing great detail.
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