Damselfly Party (Four Photographs) and a word on lenses

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This was an extraordinary opportunity, four damselflies mating. There are two sets of photographs here each cropped to 8 1/2 by 11 and processed the same way. The first two photographs were taken with a Nikon D7200, a 105mm (d) lens, and a 20mm extension tube at 1/250th, F14, ISO 400 and flash. The last two photographs were taken with a D500, 200-500mm lens at 500mm, 1/320th , F7.1, ISO 400, no flash. Frankly I like them all. It goes some way in making my point that with close up photography, lenses are often not the main consideration; light, positioning, focus etc. are.

Damselfies in Love-2

Damselfies in Love-3

Damselfies in Love-2

24 responses

  1. It’s pretty amazing, Victor, that you were able to get such similar looking photos with such different camera set-ups. I suspect that one big difference in getting the images was the distance from the subjects, which can be a huge factor when subjects are particularly skittish–I suspect you were pretty close with the macro lens/extension tube combination (and I’m figuring the extension tube was 20mm, not 200mm, which would be enormous).


    June 27, 2016 at 5:08 am

  2. lovely blue colours


    June 27, 2016 at 6:17 am

  3. Really enjoy your photos and learning from them.


    June 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

  4. Kristine Carrier

    beautiful lovemaking hearts! Fascinating to get a pair in one photo. Thanks for sharing!


    June 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

  5. Pretty amazing captures, Victor. What luck to find a double pair!


    June 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  6. The Smiling Pilgrim

    I love seeing the blue ones buzzing around! The colors are just wonderful.

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    June 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm

  7. What a nice capture. I have never seen two pairs mating next to one another.


    June 27, 2016 at 6:13 pm

  8. What a great shot! I didn’t know that damselflies were into swinging… 🙂


    June 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  9. Amazing creatures and great shots!


    June 27, 2016 at 11:57 pm

  10. Sue

    Wonderful colour, and what superb detail in the wings!


    June 28, 2016 at 2:19 am

  11. Lovely!!


    June 29, 2016 at 12:59 am

  12. Great! What a capture!


    June 30, 2016 at 5:19 am

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