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Old May 14, 2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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While I didn't do well today with finding silhouettes, and didn't manage to spot a location to re-take the cranes, I did find a dragonfly and a butterfly. This is really my first dragonfly - I managed a damselfly a year or two ago, but never a dragonfly before. I thought these (while not perfect) weren't bad for a first try, and bright noon sunlight.
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Old May 14, 2008, 11:33 PM   #2
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I've never figured out why that reddish-orange always looks muddy when I upload otherwise very colorful shots and use IE to view them.

Second picture of the dragonfly (taken with the K20 and the A*300). I sure wouldn't mind a 300mm lens that focuses closer than the A300 does - I had to take a step back to get this in focus.
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This butterfly isn't perfect by any means. However, I thought the camera did OK - there's more dynamic range in the picture than the camera's sensor can handle, and some of the white on the wing edges blew out. But I got some nice detail on the black part of the wings - something I didn't get the last time I tried to take one of these (what type of butterfly are they?). I never think of butterflies as fuzzy, but they are. One thing I do think is that the K20 doesn't have as big of a dynamic range as the K10 had (which I thought was pretty much the same as the K100). I wasn't using the extended dynamic range - I think it tends to add a pattern to the OOF areas of a picture, and since I do a lot of macros, I found it bothered me so I turned it off. I should have been using it today, but didn't think about it until the butterfly had flown off.
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Harriet, there is nothing wrong with the dragonfly (a Flame Skimmer) - these pictures are as good as you will see. The butterfly is a Mourning Cloak - they usually perch with wings raised - almost impossible to catch sunning with wings spread (as they usually perchtoo high to look down on).
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The dragonfly looks great! The butterfly is good considering you couldn't coax him into opening his wings!

Penolta, you are an absolute wealth of info on these critters!

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Love the first shot--very nice detail.
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Thanks, Penolta, for the identificationof both the butterfly and the dragonfly. The butterfly was acting just as you said - pretty much landing higher than I was, though it didn't seem to mind me being about 10-15 feet away. When I switched lenses and tried to move a bit closer, it took off. The dragonfly was really a brilliant color - IE doesn't do justice to the color. Flame Skimmer is certainly a good name for them!

I guess I shouldn't be too critical of the K20's performance with the very dark butterfly - the one time I tried capturing one with the K10, it was a black blob and had camera shake too. But the white edges weren't blown...
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dragenflies look deliciously delicately beautiful
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Love these shots.



And everyone says you need a macro lens.....





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Old May 15, 2008, 1:44 PM   #10
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LOL! A macro lens is helpful in many ways, I love my Viv 105mm. I just wish my 300mm lens would focus a bit closer - one of the reasons why I think about the new DA*300. Then I think of the extra weight and size, and decide the focusing distance isn't enough of a gain to switch.
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