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Old May 28, 2011, 5:24 AM   #1
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Sorry for not being really active on the forum,
I've been following but not commenting to much.

Got a few descent shots from last weeks I'd like to post.
nr3 is not really for the faint of heart.

nr1

1/750sec / F 4 / iso 140 / 300mm / sigma 100-300 f4 ex apo

nr2

1/180sec / F 11/ iso 100 / 100mm / kiron 105mm / sigma ringflash 140DG

nr3

[I]1/180sec / F 11/ iso 100 / 100mm / kiron 105mm / sigmaringflash 140DG

PS: The sigma ring flash works good - especially in manual mode, but then I always have problems with p-ttl. Manual works a lot better with flashes in my case.

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Old May 28, 2011, 8:26 AM   #2
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Wow! Awesome shots! How in the world did you sneak up to those dragonflies to get so close? The only ones I ever manage to photograph end up being taken with something at 300mm - never get close enough to get into macro range like this. That second one is really cool, and I wondered how the dragonfly felt with you putting a big ringflash so close while he was trying to eat lunch? Love the colors in that one, nice contrast.

Hope all is well with you, and glad to see you are still taking such awesome macros.
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Old May 28, 2011, 8:48 AM   #3
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Thanks Harriet,

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I wondered how the dragonfly felt with you putting a big ringflash so close while he was trying to eat lunch?
it was the spider having lunch.

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Everything is great, I'm lucky that work is slowing down and I'm getting more free time to get back into my hobby.
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Ronny - what your Odonates lack for in diveristy you certainly make up for with the amazing quality of these photos! First looks just like our Common Whitetail (wonder if it is a cosmopolitan species...)
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Wow.

Nr 2, the "Coy Damsel", is wonderfully humorous. Great shot.

Nr 3 has me mystified - there are three subjects - did the crab spider abandon the beetle to grab the damsel, or was the damsel eating the beetle when it got caught by the spider? Good catch.

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Hi Ronny,

Very Nice!!!

I am amazed at #1 with the Sigma 100-300 wide open. . .I'm assuming handheld and with available light -- really extraordinary.

#2 is an exceptional perspective.

On #3, I also noticed the 3rd party and wondered about the circumstances. . .

All very well done!

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Old May 29, 2011, 3:42 AM   #7
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Thanks Mole

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Ronny - what your Odonates lack for in diveristy you certainly make up for with the amazing quality of these photos! First looks just like our Common Whitetail (wonder if it is a cosmopolitan species...)
The first one is a Broad-bodied Chaser, is said to be very common here, and the first one I've seen ...

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Thanks Pen,

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Wow.

Nr 2, the "Coy Damsel", is wonderfully humorous. Great shot.

Nr 3 has me mystified - there are three subjects - did the crab spider abandon the beetle to grab the damsel, or was the damsel eating the beetle when it got caught by the spider? Good catch.

Nice to see you active again.
The story behind nr3, I saw the damsel catching the fly?, and then it flew into a an hedge, and something yellow (first thought it to be a dried leaf) moved a few inches. With this result.

A damselfly that caught a fly being caught by a spider.

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3 great shots Ronny !

#2 is the best for me - such an unusual shot.
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Thanks Scott,

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Hi Ronny,
Very Nice!!!

I am amazed at #1 with the Sigma 100-300 wide open. . .I'm assuming handheld and with available light -- really extraordinary.
#2 is an exceptional perspective.
On #3, I also noticed the 3rd party and wondered about the circumstances. .

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Nr 1 was a snapshot, was trying to find a bird when this one landed below me, and you just had to get the shot.

ps I found the bird to

1/750sec / f4 / iso 560 / 210mm + 2x tc = 420mm / same sigma
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