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This is a technique I wanted to tell Ed (glostopcat) about, but it may be of interest to others?.......In the afternoon when the weather goes really warm and all the dragons are highly active and sensitive to any movement near them, trying to get shots with an ordinary 90-105mm macro lens can almost be an impossibility. All is not lost however, get the big guns out and see how you do with your big lenses, even better if you have a good 25mm extension to put on the camera. All these dragonfly shots were all taken using a Sigma EX APO HSM 50-500mm lens, some with the tube some without. All the images were taken handheld using fairly high shutter speeds, although admittedly the light on the day was fairly exceptional and very bright......So there you have it, if on the day you can't get near them, try something else, they might not be award winners, but there's always something you can try.

Hope you enjoy looking.....Many thanks to Briwooly, Lillian and Ed's user award on yesterday's Demoiselle image, as always they're very much appreciated folks

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma EX DG APO HSM 50-500mm (Bigma)
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 May 2012 - 2:34 PM
Focal Length:363mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Who needs a macro lens????
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:1 Jun 2012 - 9:11 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Dragonflies, Four spot chaser dragonfly, General, Odonata., Wildlife / nature
Votes:58
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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 9:18 AM

Thanks for sharing this great technic Ade, I have been using a big lens for wild flower shots as well. The photos a great
David

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susanbarton
1 Jun 2012 - 9:24 AM

WOW all four fantastic shot thanks for the tip I will try it out

Susan

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 9:24 AM

Try your hand at capturing them with a tiny point and shoot camera, Ade Wink. Super images. Carol

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achieverswales

Super captures Ade, used the Sigma 150-500 on these insects and get some good results.

Regards

Trev.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114499 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 9:31 AM


Quote: Try your hand at capturing them with a tiny point and shoot camera, Ade

My Darling Carol this was how I got into macro photography in the first place all those years ago, although I was using film compacts then so I didn't know what the results would be like until I got the images back from Boots. I usually scored with 1 or 2 images out of a roll of 36 exposures, so it was an expensive ball game until I invested in a film SLR, not that this improved matters much......Thank God for digital is what I say Tongue

Ade

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malleader
malleader e2 Member 11malleader vcard United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 - 9:32 AM

A beautiful captured image of a Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly. Well done.

Malcolm

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 9:37 AM

Your usual very high standard of photography seen here Ade. I just have conjured up that image of you on the sofa Wink Thanks for raising a smile Smile
Ron.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64366 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 10:09 AM

Something to try Ade, but still tricky. I guess you need a big one to get this close, but my longest is only 300mm. Smile
Chris

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114499 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 10:16 AM


Quote: Something to try Ade, but still tricky. I guess you need a big one to get this close, but my longest is only 300mm.

Plenty enough Chris, V1 was actually shot at 360mm.....You just have to find a good venue with plenty of dragons.

Ade

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 10:31 AM

I must agree with your words
I find the macro difficult to use and really hate the tripod
these are all brilliant

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 10:35 AM

Some interesting tips for others, Ade, and great images to support the method, so crisp and detailed for hand held at that telephoto setting.
extreme'.
Ronnie.

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 11:14 AM

Well they are bloody good shots with the big lens Ade.
Gary

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 11:38 AM

Thanks for the tip, Ade Smile

My longest is about 135-150mm, I think (in 35mm terms), but getting these in 300+ would be awesome for the smooth background.

Superb 4 here, with Vs 2 and 4 being my favourites.

Very nice Smile

Andrew

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DannoM
DannoM  556 forum posts England
1 Jun 2012 - 12:04 PM

all great but i love V3 best, great write up as well thankyou
dan

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lostnspace2011
1 Jun 2012 - 12:13 PM

Haha no just a Bigma instead Ade, one extreme to the next. Well captured though. Smile

A big lens is what i need to photo dragonflies, never been able to get to close to them.

Mark

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114499 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 12:19 PM


Quote: A big lens is what i need to photo dragonflies, never been able to get to close to them.

Field craft is the key Mark, that and bloody well getting up early in the morning Sad Though anything from 250-300mm is perfectly usable.

Ade

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
1 Jun 2012 - 12:21 PM

Great captures especially V3/4, amazing detail considering what you used.

Len

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Gray_ina
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1 Jun 2012 - 12:37 PM

great quite agree with lens , makes life easier, gray

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 3:32 PM

EXCELLENT
I have taken some shots with my 500mm MF Nikkor, worked fine. The little bleeder always seem to be in the middle of the pond. And I'm jealous, we don't seem to have more than two types!

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Maiwand
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1 Jun 2012 - 4:36 PM

Stunning series Ade and some excellent info in your narrative.
Ron

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 5:06 PM

A brilliant set of shots of these dragons and some useful tips to any natural history photographers out there. I always find the 70-300mm Sigma DG macro useful, it means that I don't have to be right close up and it is still light to carry unlike your enormous bigma! No wonder you have such huge upper body muscles, you don't need to bother with gym membership if you are lugging that heavy thing about with you!Wink

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114499 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 5:10 PM

That's not muscle Ed, it's FAT!!!Sad

AdeWink

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ugly
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1 Jun 2012 - 6:35 PM

I do like V3 so much detail and very nice colours...
Well taken you are a great macro image photographer...

Dave

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wonkers
wonkers  5 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 - 6:58 PM

Excellent shots. The added advantage of the big lens is you can take butterflies without getting close enough to spook them.

Jill

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 7:03 PM

Excellent Ade, I have a much under-used 100-400 on a 7D. You have given me a challenge.

Dave

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 7:54 PM

I have just bought some ext tubesWink and use a 150mm macro lens to - some day you never knowGrin

good eg. of what you can do when you try

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 8:03 PM

Great captures Ade, until recently Tongue I have used a 300 f4 and 1.4 extender and had some good results
Steve

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 8:33 PM

Super images Ade, really like the whole set but v3 for me.
well done.
Darryl.

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tomcat
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1 Jun 2012 - 8:49 PM


Quote: Field craft is the key

Every time AdeTongue

Adrian

PS - Still have a Norfolk Hawker lurking on one of the HD's, which I took with the 400mmWink

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 9:45 PM

The beautiful wing detail in V2 & V3 make them rather special.Smile
Joan.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 10:18 PM

Super shots Ade,
but I am a bit concerned about Ed.
No,not about you giving away your secrets to him,
but the fact that he is admiring your huge upper body muscles !!
Mick.

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Russell_Charles

Stunning set. Thanks for sharing the advice and tips. Regards Russell

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