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Old Oct 5, 2010, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Dragon fly w/K100

I had a few minutes to try out the setup at the local lake i frequent so i was able to get a handful of dragonfly in flight pics. This is the best of the buch where you can see the head. Shot with the K100 and 100-300SMC lens at 300mm ISO400. Developed with the Pentax utility and tweaked with Topaz Denoise5 (didn't need much i must say!) and Detail 2. Oh, and I used manual focus for this since AF had no clue what i was trying to focus on.

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Old Oct 6, 2010, 1:12 AM   #2
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Nice capture - I know how difficult these can be ! Yep .... nearly always has to be MF for IIF.
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Nice capture - I know how difficult these can be ! Yep .... nearly always has to be MF for IIF.
Thanks, I've gotten quite good at this if I may say so myself as I have been practicing a lot this summer. I wish this one had been a little closer and I'll admit I miss the 2x crop factor of my Oly bodies when shooting bugs.

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Agreed, nice shot!

Not managed a dragonfly in flight shot for a long time now, so always puts a smile on my face when I see someone that can do it.
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Glad to put a smile on your face. Thanks for the kind words. I think Dragonflies just like me because I seem to have no problem getting them to hover for me.

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For me they always land in the same position (head up, left side facing me), so getting different shots to the previous set is a problem.
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Great capture! Very nice color and use of DOF to make him/her really stand out!
Looks like a Shadow Darner - we are seeing a fair amount of those here lately too. They are hard (for me) to photograph because they never seem to stop!
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Great capture! Very nice color and use of DOF to make him/her really stand out!
Looks like a Shadow Darner - we are seeing a fair amount of those here lately too. They are hard (for me) to photograph because they never seem to stop!
Yes, they seem to have a routine that only means landing when eating. Or mating. Those are the only two times I've gotten pictures of them sitting still. But at least the ones around here like to hover and at a different pond from this one I swear they actually come and check me out which makes life much easier.

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Nice job, John. I've gotten a few good shots of dragons in flight but its been a couple years.
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