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    Default Dragonfly in Flight

    It is the time of the year when we should arrange a dragon-fly photography festival!!!

    I stopped by a pond this morning and took this picture:


    (klick on image to see it at larger scale (~200 kByte))

    Shooting details:
    E-1 with ZD ED 50-200 + EC-14 at full zoom, and an FL-40 set to -2 2/3 EV.
    I never liked the shortest sync shutter speed of 1/160 when using the FL-40 but in this case, it turned out quite nice for the wing-beats - I think...
    Pre-focusing at the anticipated distance helped the AF do it's thing when the dragonfly came close enough.

    PP details:
    I muted the lower left diagonal and enhanced the contrast in the wingbeats using PSP8. (No cropping (yes it is tack sharp also at 100% :-))

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    Jens,

    All I can say is awesome!

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    Extremely nice! The head and body colors are almost luminescent. Probably helped by the flash illumination. I never new before that they had haircover so thick that it's almost a fleece pelt.
    Good shooting,
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    Default Re: Dragonfly in Flight

    Very impressive shot, Jens. Captures the action very well.

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    Dragonflies dart around so much I'm astonished that you caught such a wonderful in-flight image! Your shutter speed was just right to capture the wings in motion without being blurred to invisibility.

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    Simply awesome and amazing!

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    I am speechless. Another one like that and I'll start walking in the direction of Sweden to come and take some lessons. . . . at least in my dreams.
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    Excellent! I love it. I love the colors of some dragonflies. I have just one good shot of an orange dragonfly, but not in flight. I like how you can see the wings, too.

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    Hello Jens!
    All I have to say about this picture is awesome, simply awesome!
    /Kristofer

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    Cool Thanks everyody...

    ...Dick, EB, Hokuto, Tony, Luke, de2000, Ann, Kristofer... for the appreciating comments.

    I can feel my ego boost...

    Tomorrow, I'm off to shoot the Worlds in A-Cat (a super-fast sailboat). I'll show you the result later.

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    I would love to be able to get a shot like that. Great job.

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    Very cool - I love the colors of this one! Awesome capture!
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    Default Re: Dragonfly in Flight

    I would have thought the -2.67 EV would have darkened it more. Awesome shot.

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    Default Re: Dragonfly in Flight

    Hi Michael,

    Quote Originally Posted by mckennma
    I would have thought the -2.67 EV would have darkened it more. Awesome shot.
    Thanks.

    If I hadn't reduced the output from the flash, the TTL-system would have attempted to illuminate the background because the dragonfly comprise a very small part of the metering area. Since the backlground was more than twice the distance as the dragonfly, that would have rendered an overly exposed dragonfly. Since I decided not to attempt taking any pictures of the dragonfly unless it came at about 2 meters distance, I could pre-set the focus roughly and reduce the power of the flash in advance. (I made a couple of test shots in advance of some thin reed leaves at the anticipated distance in order to adjust the flash.)

    Cheers, Jens.
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    Default Re: Dragonfly in Flight

    Thank you for the explanation.

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    Wow! I was just playing with the 50-200 and the ec14 in my yard this weekend, waiting to see if the hawks would come back, and had a dragonfly teasing me. I couldn't keep it in my frame long enough to focus or anything. He darted about so much I was ready to pass out from dizziness after just a few minutes of trying.

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    Way cool Jens ! look at that smile and face , well what do you know.Pete
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