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Who needs a macro lens????

By Ade_Osman    
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

Tags: General Dragonflies Close-up and macro Odonata Wildlife and nature Four spot chaser dragonfly

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johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 9:18AM
Thanks for sharing this great technic Ade, I have been using a big lens for wild flower shots as well. The photos a great

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susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 9:24AM
WOW all four fantastic shot thanks for the tip I will try it out

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Jun 2012 9:24AM
Try your hand at capturing them with a tiny point and shoot camera, Ade Wink. Super images. Carol
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
1 Jun 2012 9:31AM
Super captures Ade, used the Sigma 150-500 on these insects and get some good results.


Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Jun 2012 9:31AM

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

1 Jun 2012 9:32AM
A beautiful captured image of a Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly. Well done.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
1 Jun 2012 9:37AM
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
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
1 Jun 2012 10:09AM
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
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Jun 2012 10:16AM

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.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 10:31AM
I must agree with your words
I find the macro difficult to use and really hate the tripod
these are all brilliant
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Jun 2012 10:35AM
Some interesting tips for others, Ade, and great images to support the method, so crisp and detailed for hand held at that telephoto setting.
1 Jun 2012 11:14AM
Well they are bloody good shots with the big lens Ade.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
1 Jun 2012 11:38AM
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

DannoM 9 58 England
1 Jun 2012 12:04PM
all great but i love V3 best, great write up as well thankyou
1 Jun 2012 12:13PM
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.

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Jun 2012 12:19PM

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.

1 Jun 2012 12:21PM
Great captures especially V3/4, amazing detail considering what you used.

1 Jun 2012 12:37PM
great quite agree with lens , makes life easier, gray
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Jun 2012 3:32PM
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!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
1 Jun 2012 4:36PM
Stunning series Ade and some excellent info in your narrative.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
1 Jun 2012 5:06PM
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
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Jun 2012 5:10PM
That's not muscle Ed, it's FAT!!!Sad

ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 6:35PM
I do like V3 so much detail and very nice colours...
Well taken you are a great macro image photographer...

wonkers 8 2 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 6:58PM
Excellent shots. The added advantage of the big lens is you can take butterflies without getting close enough to spook them.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
1 Jun 2012 7:03PM
Excellent Ade, I have a much under-used 100-400 on a 7D. You have given me a challenge.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 7:54PM
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
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 8:03PM
Great captures Ade, until recently Tongue I have used a 300 f4 and 1.4 extender and had some good results
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 8:33PM
Super images Ade, really like the whole set but v3 for me.
well done.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 8:49PM

Quote:Field craft is the key

Every time AdeTongue


PS - Still have a Norfolk Hawker lurking on one of the HD's, which I took with the 400mmWink
9 10 10 England
1 Jun 2012 9:45PM
The beautiful wing detail in V2 & V3 make them rather special.Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
1 Jun 2012 10:18PM
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 !!
Stunning set. Thanks for sharing the advice and tips. Regards Russell

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