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Old 07-23-2005   #1
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Props to you macro shooters. I saw some of the amazing photos so I went out and bought some extension tubes to experiment. I see a lot of patience is required for macro shooiting. I found one cooperating dragonfly that would sit still for me, the rest wouldn't let me get near. And even still, doesn't seem I can get nearly as close as some of you.
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Props to you macro shooters.* I saw some of the amazing photos so I went out and bought some extension tubes to experiment.* I see a lot of patience is required for macro shooiting.* I found one cooperating dragonfly that would sit still for me, the rest wouldn't let me get near. * And even still, doesn't seem I can get nearly as close as some of you.
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Wow, what a great, great photo. This one "popped" at me when I scrolled the list of 10 recent posts.

Bravo!
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Thank you for the compliment.
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Great shot, lets see more
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I went back out later and was able to find the same type of dragonfly. These are a lot bolder than the other types I've encountered. I'm not sure if this is the same little guy I took earlier.
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Th0t,
Thanks for the input and great pic.
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Old 07-24-2005   #7
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Here is a 100% crop of the first image if anybody is interested.(actually it's of another image from the same batch from a slightly different angle)
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That's an amazing macro shot---great job!!! Next time, it would be cool if you can increase the DOF---I'd love to seem more of him in focus.
I'm trying. I'm stopping down to f11 or so. Anymore than that and my flash can't keep up. I hope to get a real macro lens later this year so hopefully I an improve on the sharpness and DOF over my current equipment. Forget handholding for me without a flash - I wobble to much. I have to work on my technique to steady myself better I guess.

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These ddragon shots are fantastic. I've still to even have one sit still. I think I need to go down to some wetlands to have a better shot at finding them. Also I've never such colourful varieties in Sydney where I live. I'm so jealous.
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These ddragon shots are fantastic. I've still to even have one sit still. I think I need to go down to some wetlands to have a better shot at finding them. Also I've never such colourful varieties in Sydney where I live. I'm so jealous.
Thanks. I've only just started photographing insects. I don't have any macro lenses so I bought some extension tubes to start. I've only had success with this type of dragon fly so far with my equipment. The rest shoot off at about 5 feet or so. I have to get 2 feet at least with my current stuff. Plus, I'm not very patient so maybe I scare them off. I think my next purchase will be a 180mm macro of some sort - sigma most likely because it's half price.


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