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Old Jun 15, 2006, 8:28 PM   #1
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Took some more dragonfly shots today, not as good as they could be but here is one of them.

Photo has been resized and sharpened. No cropping or other alterations.

Lens used Sigma 70-300 at 190mm, iso 800 1/500s, f11

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Old Jun 15, 2006, 9:23 PM   #2
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alison,
this is actually a damsel fly, or what looks like one, and a VERY good shot of one. i have many but do not have the number 1 keeper yet.

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Old Jun 15, 2006, 9:25 PM   #3
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alison,
this is actually a damsel fly and a VERY good shot of one. i have many but do not have the number 1 keeper yet.

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Oh poop, wish I knew my damsel/dragonflies better. How do you tell which is which then?

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Old Jun 15, 2006, 9:45 PM   #4
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size mainly
if it's <2'' = damsel

over >2'' a DF

this is conjection from me
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Old Jun 15, 2006, 11:48 PM   #5
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I heard somwhere that dragonflys have there wings always outstretched and damselflys fold there wings. I'm not a bug expert though - Bruce
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Old Jun 16, 2006, 5:19 AM   #6
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you're right as far as all i've seen.

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Old Jun 16, 2006, 8:37 AM   #7
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You can tell by the extended head it is a damsel fly, but nice shot anyway.

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Old Jun 16, 2006, 9:41 AM   #8
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Darn good shot...good composition and excellent clarity! Dragon fly or Damsel fly, it is one neat looking insect!

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Old Jun 16, 2006, 2:07 PM   #9
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Dragonflys also have four wings, while damselflies have two wings. This shot is not perfectly sharp, but it illustrates a dragonfly's wing configuration. Shot this with a Promaster 70-300 on an istDL. It's been cropped a bit and sharpened, but that's about it. Good shot by the way.
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Old Jun 16, 2006, 2:19 PM   #10
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It's amazing what you can learn about on a photography board. I'd never heard of a damsel fly before I started reading here, and I've learned names of flowers I've seen but didn't know what they were. And what's really fabulous about it is that the examples are incredibly lovely examples, so you really can tell what they are talking about.

This is a cool picture, regardless.
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