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emerald

I’m not 100% sure, but I think this little guy is a Willow Emerald damselfly. He kept posing patiently while I was fumbling with different camera settings. Isn’t he beautiful? His back sparkled like a rainbow and a golden treasure combined.

f/5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 200 – 60 (both pictures)

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17 responses

  1. Nice capture!

    You are using the same settings that I generally use when photographing insects. Try using an aperture of around f/9 and fill it up with manual flash as to keep the lighting subtle. Like that you would gain more depth of field.

    August 26, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    • Thanks for the tip, Felix!! I didn’t like the background so used a narrow DoF on purpose, to blur it out. I would have liked to get a bit closer though, but I couldn’t get the focus right..
      I just googled “manual flash”, didn’t know what it was. I’ve never used any flash in my pictures, but it might be time to learn more about it.. 🙂 Thanks again!

      August 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      • With manual flash you can actually make the background totally black which isnt my favourite but helps when you have no other choice to eliminate confusing backgrounds. Normally when I find terrible backgrounds I try to go around and try for a different angle (trying not to distract the insect). Manual flash is just a term when setting the flash power manually. You can just use the popup flash for a start (thats what I use when I end up running out of batteries on my main flashgun). If the flash is too bright try go in the settings and put the flash exposure compensation to the negative values to minimise its strength. Its a bit of a trial and error but once you get used to it it might help.

        August 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        • Oh dear, I think I’m taking “amateur” to a whole new level now.. Had no idea you could change the strength of the in-built flash! But I checked it now, and indeed it’s possible to adjust the values. I’ll definitely give it a try! Thanks so much for enlightening me 🙂

          August 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

          • Oh and one more thing. If the lighting is too harsh or you take insects with reflective bodies, use a home made diffuser. A piece of printing paper or even a tissue would do…just to diffuse the light 😀

            August 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

            • Thanks again, Felix! I will set up a little workshop on my balcony and practice flash photography on my flowers plants 🙂

              August 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

  2. Stunning, beautiful colors – great shot

    August 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

  3. More beautiful than a diamond! ~ Wendy

    August 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM

  4. Great photos/macros – like it

    August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

  5. Nice shots!

    August 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

  6. snowbirdpress

    These are simply unbelievable! Amazing photos – even the glint in the eyes of the darning needle!

    August 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM

  7. sehr schöne und gut beschriebene seite.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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