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Old Aug 27, 2007, 10:47 PM   #1
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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.


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Old Aug 27, 2007, 11:15 PM   #2
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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
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Old Aug 27, 2007, 11:26 PM   #3
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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.

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Old Aug 28, 2007, 5:48 AM   #4
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It's a Common Whitetail.



http://www.rlephoto.com/odes/common_whitetail01.htm



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!



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Old Aug 28, 2007, 8:55 AM   #5
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Thanks, Tony for the info and webpage. I appreciate your response.
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Old Aug 28, 2007, 12:13 PM   #6
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You did better than I usually do when that happens Jerry. At least you can see the markings to identify it.

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