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Old Oct 2, 2007, 1:22 PM   #11
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The kinglet is remarkable, but that dragonfly . . . .You are not supposed to do that!!!:shock: You obviously don't have the dragonfly field guide - the section on photography says not to evenTRY photographing them in flight!!! :flame:

The dragonfly belongs to a group of what are called Mosaic Darners, about a dozen of which reach BC. They are apparently quite variable and the guide says they cannot safely beID'd except in the hand.This is a really astonishing picture. Was it hovering? If not, how did you do it? How many OOFs did you throw away? Did you use trap focus? Post a picture like that and you must be prepared to be bombarded with questions!
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Old Oct 2, 2007, 6:08 PM   #12
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Thanks Kent and Penolta.

Penolta, the exif data is still embedded in these shots, so you can see the settings. As far as focus traps or other tricks, there weren't any. I was sitting on a bench, and this dragonfly kept coming by and hovering a few seconds in front me for a few minutes. I just hand held the camera, found it in the viewfinder, and the let the AF take over and click. There were lots of OOF shots, but I managed to get a few good ones too. I took about 30 shots altogether, and got around 4 or 5 ok ones, and a couple that were bang on. The Canon AIServo AF is a treat to use. I used to have a K10D, and I really don't think I could have gotten these with that body. Believe me, I'd tried before......cheers...Don
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Old Oct 3, 2007, 2:32 PM   #13
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great shots, Don... especially the dragon! i've gotten a few shots of these little fellas in flight, and i know how hard it is!! none of mine are as close as yours, though... amazing!
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Old Oct 3, 2007, 8:46 PM   #15
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Great job, Don, loads of detail in that first shot, and that is not a large bird which makes it even more impressive.
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Thanks Rocky, cmoy and Norm. Yeah Norm, they are tiny little guys. They bounce all over the place. Must burn a lot of fuel....cheers....Don
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Old Oct 4, 2007, 4:37 PM   #17
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fantastic shots!!! i love that kinglet!!! how the heck are you guys getting dragonflies in flight??? I think i went through 100 shots one day and not oner was clear!!

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