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bayourebel Aug 27, 2007 10:47 PM

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Having never seen one of these before, I did my best to get a good photo, but this rascal was like a chic-a-dee, very flighty. Chased it all over the yard to get this one. Now I do realize it could have been better, if he had been more co-operative.

rafinmelb Aug 27, 2007 11:15 PM

You are right very unusual looking markings on the wing.

Hope you don't mind me offering some advice as one amateur shooter to another, but I noticed your Exif
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 88.8mm (35mm equivalent: 420mm)
Exposure Time: 0.050 s (1/20)
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

The f5.6 leads to a shutter speed of 1/20 which at full zoom is way too slow so you have a bit of camera shake and probably some subject movement. A couple of options that may have helped would be:
  • use your little scroll button to get the aperture wider. You could have gone to f3.7 which is a little over a stop and that would have given you 1/40-1/50 shutter speed[/*]
  • bump up the iso to 200 which would have given you another stop approx 1/100-1/120[/*]
  • try the flash, this is one I keep forgetting all the time


bayourebel Aug 27, 2007 11:26 PM

Raf, you are correct. I just grabbed the camera off the shelf and didn't even look at the settings. There were two of them and they kept moving around and in a few minutes were gone. I hope to see them again. I had never seen this type before.

Thanks for commenting. I hope someone else has seen these before and can say where they are common and what type.


P.S. And I welcome all suggestions and critique.

tonymurphy Aug 28, 2007 5:48 AM

It's a Common Whitetail.

The number of times I've ran out the house with my FZ30 only to find it on the wrong setting is to many to admit!


bayourebel Aug 28, 2007 8:55 AM

Thanks, Tony for the info and webpage. I appreciate your response.

d-sr Aug 28, 2007 12:13 PM

You did better than I usually do when that happens Jerry. At least you can see the markings to identify it.


bayourebel Aug 28, 2007 2:53 PM

Thanks very much, Don. I knew it was not a prize photo.

happy_peasant Aug 28, 2007 6:13 PM

If you go down by that little fishing pier or some water's edge rocks when the sun is just hitting them you may well find these guys staking out a spot and always returning to it. I have trouble with blown tail highlights with this species but don't often have to chase them about.

bayourebel Aug 28, 2007 8:11 PM

Thanks, Steve. We do have dragon flies, but this was the first ones I noticed with this coloration. I guess before I got the camera, I wasn't really looking at the world around me, as it seems to be very common.

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