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Old Jun 26, 2012, 7:58 PM   #1
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I found myself walking around my pond last weekend. After cleaning things up I had some time to shoot. Found several dragonflies and a moth, I think. Mole Help ID these guys. All were shot with my Kr and the first with a DAL 55-300 the last 4 with a Tamron 70-300 macro. The DOF on the Tamron when in Macro is very short even at f8

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Old Jun 26, 2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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just 2 more with the DAL 55-300
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...It is better to burn a roll of film than curse the darkness. Equip. K30, Q7, DAL 55-300, DA 35 f2.4, DA 50 f1.8 DA 18-135, SMC-M 28 f3.5, SMC M 50 f1.4, Canon P&S S100 w/CHDK Beta, Panasonic DMC-GM5, Flickr:
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Old Jun 27, 2012, 1:25 AM   #3
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These are lovely Hans !

The 55-300 does an admirable job considering it's not a macro lens but you can easily see the added detail rendered by the Tamron - I always thought this lens amazing value considering it's capabilities. PF on that one shot should clean up in PP.
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Old Jun 27, 2012, 6:50 AM   #4
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Ditto what Kevin has said. These are great shots and a nice variety of dragonflies. The second and third are my favorites. We do not get that species in our neck of the woods.

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Old Jun 27, 2012, 7:52 AM   #5
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Thanks Kevin I got most of the PF I will have to practice more

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Very impressive shots with the big zooms.

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Old Jun 27, 2012, 6:54 PM   #7
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Hans - very nice job with both lenses - very sharp, accurate colors, great poses! I have the Sigma 70-300 semi-macro, which seems to be very similar to your Tamron.

Names of the insects:

#'s 1 & 7 - Male Widow Skimmer
#'s 2 & 3 - Male Calico Pennant
#4 - Not a moth, but a butterfly in the Skipper family - there are many species of skippers, I'm not sure which one this is...
#5 - Eastern Pondhawk (an appropriate species for your "Pond Critters")
#6 - Female Calico Pennant

PS - There is a website where scientists keep track of records for Dragonflies. It's called Odonata Central. Here's the website:

http://www.odonatacentral.org

You might want to check your county checklist to see if all of these have been reported/recorded for your county. If not, you can submit new records (with photos), and add to everyone's knowledge of dragonfly distribution.
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Mole Thanks for the info and an interesting site

Thanks Lou, Simon and Kevin

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Mole beat me to identifying the butterfly, I'm not much into insects and am hopeless when it comes to the dragonflies. But I do recognize the skipper as a butterfly, they are common in our area and are so interesting. I had always thought they were a moth, too, until penolta or Roy informed me here that they are butterflies.
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