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Old Sep 5, 2011, 4:33 PM   #11
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I am DEFINITELY not an expert....
I think that is probably a minority view around here

Those are really great macro shots.

EXIF says 300mm @ f/16. I wonder what lens you used?
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Old Sep 5, 2011, 6:55 PM   #12
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mole,

Indeed superb pictures. very sharp and well framed. Thanks for lesson one. Hope there will be a lesson two

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Cheers Mole for the great pics, identification and for sharing your passion for saving nature.
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Old Sep 8, 2011, 5:26 PM   #14
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Bil - So glad you enjoyed the photos, and sure do hope that you find the Odonata Central website to be helpful.

Saly - Thanks for your kind words. Glad you found this helpful!

Dyane - Indeed great to know of folks who love and care for even the smallest resources...

JJ - Glad you found the information useful!

Corkpix - All of this is information learned from folks far more knowledgeable than me - just passing on what has been passed on...
To answer your lens question: I use several lenses for odonate photos - most often the Sigma 70-300 APO "macro." Is not a true macro (just 1:2), is not all that sharp, but relatively cheap and has plenty of reach. When I'm able to sneak up close enough, will use the Sigma 105 macro - a much sharper lens, but obviously needs to be much closer to get a decent photo. Sometimes I use an old manual focus lens - Pentax A 70-210. Combined with extension tubes makes a great odonate lens, but hard (for my old eyes) to get focus just right. Pentax did make 200mm macro, which would be ideal, but they sell for over $2,000 these days, so I'll never have one...

Torgny - Thanks for your very kind words. Had not thought about a "lesson two." What kind of information would you like for the "next lesson?"

Banksy - Thanks so much! I am indeed blessed to have the opportunity to protect and to share natural resources in my daily work.
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Old Sep 8, 2011, 5:43 PM   #15
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Corkpix - All of this is information learned from folks far more knowledgeable than me - just passing on what has been passed on...
To answer your lens question: I use several lenses for odonate photos - most often the Sigma 70-300 APO "macro." Is not a true macro (just 1:2), is not all that sharp, but relatively cheap and has plenty of reach. When I'm able to sneak up close enough, will use the Sigma 105 macro - a much sharper lens.....
Thanks for the info mole. I have the Canon version of the Sigma 70-300mm APO.
I have found it difficult to use as a macro lens because of the very long working
distance. I suppose that would be an advantage for photographing nervous insects.
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Just one word --- WOW, that is some great detail and clarity. You do know your Dflys.
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 5:25 PM   #17
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wonderful set !!
I went out yesterday for a macro shoot here in Central Florida, I was looking hard for some Blue Dashers but I did not see ONE !! The Blue Dasher is one of my favorite most docile species to photograph here in Florida, I think the season is winding down, I did see a few Eastern Pondhawks but they wouldnt let me close to them,,
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Thanks for posting these Mole, I didn't know they where deaf. That makes it a bit easier.

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