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By Max_WW
I think this is a damselfly, but can't claim to be an insect expect and would happily be corrected. Again, not sure what insect its eating.

Without using a tripod (scares things away and not manoeuvrable enough) I'm trying to get better depth of field. I wanted a fast shutter speed because the wind was blowing the grass around, and didn't want to go above ISO 400. I ended up with Tv mode at 1/750 sec, giving f/5.6.

I'd like to have got to f/11 or 16 ideally.

Any comments appreciated.

Tags: Macro Damselfly Insect Close-up and macro Leaf hopper Wildlife and nature

Voters: KarenFB, LeighPerring, Newtman and 6 more

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11 Jun 2006 4:32AM
Excellent capture, not your normal shot of a Damselfly.
Newtman 16 2 5
11 Jun 2006 4:36AM
Certainly a damselfly, but I am not sure what is being eaten. I agree with your comments about tripods, they are not always very practical for this type of work. If the light makes it necessary I sometimes find a monopod provides a good compromise, although it won't help with wind movement
beaniebabe 17 2.3k England
11 Jun 2006 6:46AM
an excellent shot, It is definitly a damselfly

Angie x
UserRemoved 18 6.2k 1
11 Jun 2006 8:30AM
Got the focus where it counts (and I dream of f16! LOL!).

Surprised you couldn't come down from 1/750 - unless it was because of the wind - I use between 1/160-1/250 tho' admittedly with a 105mm

Common Blue, by the looks of it
CanonMan 21 588 4 England
11 Jun 2006 10:50AM
Like the focus on the eye and bug being eaten.
Crazius 16 13 Scotland
11 Jun 2006 12:00PM
I love this picture as it's an unusual damselfly moment and well captured too.

The victim looks to be some kind of leaf hopper larval stage. An insect that lives like aphids but sheds it's skin becomming progressively larger till it develops wings. This is an early stage that hasn't yet begun to develop wings.
ericfaragh Plus
19 149 6 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2006 1:18PM
The main features are nicely in the dof, well caught action macro.
chrissd 17 304 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2006 7:55PM
great shot, you are using similar settings to me, why not try a tripod, all mine are shot with a tripod, must say havent perfected it yet but it will let me sneak towards F8 only sneak mind

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