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Azure Damselflies

By discreetphoton  
It appears that the warm weather has opened the macro season early this year. Today Iíve seen my first banded demoiselles of the year, a full two months before they first appeared last year. This means Iím likely to have a very productive summer.

Todayís picture came as something of a surprise, in that itís the first shot Iíve produced from the Tamron 18-270 PZD where the results have outstripped those from my macro lens. In this case, it was the range of the lens that made the difference. I used a 20mm extension tube for this shot, so that I could get higher magnification from a greater distance. That was important for two reasons. Firstly, this pair of damselflies were very skittish. Secondly, they were perched over water. I couldnít have got closer if I had wanted to. A shorter lens just didnít work for this shot. Please be sure to click on the image to see the properly resized file, as thereís quite a difference to how itís viewed here.

Using the Tamron 18-270 PZD, I was able to reach right out over the water, and the extension tube allowed me to make sure that the lens didnít reduce in focal length as it was focused. It has also resulted in the background softening out.

Thereís also a nice little coincidence as well: thereís a remarkable similarity in the shape of the shadow to that of the silhouette of a three-tailed damselfly nymph.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

Voters: gazlowe, AEVANS10, AlanPerkins and 18 more

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AEVANS10 11 6 1 England
30 May 2012 9:34PM
I'm not usually a great fan of this type of subject but I have to say this is a beautifully toned and captured image enhanced by the shadows and the great explanation of how difficult these shots are to execute. Guest Editor Award from me.

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kaybee 13 5.7k 25 Scotland
30 May 2012 10:02PM
Pretty dammned usual
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
30 May 2012 10:04PM
Nearly the perfect heartWink

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
31 May 2012 3:22AM
Yep I have to say that's impressive coming from that lens.......I shot my first Damselfly nearly a month ago now and my first dragonflies 3 weeks ago, so I think you're right in saying things seemed to have kicked of earlier than normal this year. It's all this strange weather were having I think. Anyway I digress, lovely image and superbly taken.....


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