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photoblog image In yer face!

In yer face!

About as close as you can get to a dragonfly without bumping him with your lens.

[For those who are interested in this sort of thing, I shot this picture, hand-held, using my Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens. It was a nervous subject, so I knelt on the wet grass close to the stick he seemed to favour as a perch and shot several images as I slowly leaned in to him and operated only the manual focus ring and shutter as I went]

There is a
gallery of shots of this and other Dragonflies shot on this day.

In yer face!

About as close as you can get to a dragonfly without bumping him with your lens.

[For those who are interested in this sort of thing, I shot this picture, hand-held, using my Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens. It was a nervous subject, so I knelt on the wet grass close to the stick he seemed to favour as a perch and shot several images as I slowly leaned in to him and operated only the manual focus ring and shutter as I went]

There is a
gallery of shots of this and other Dragonflies shot on this day.

comments (17)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Oct 2009, 01:53
A very fine shot Ray: one of your very best
Ray: You are very kind, Chris. This is my #2 favourite in the gallery I referred to.
  • Astrid
  • today is the move...................eindelijk
  • 9 Oct 2009, 06:49
I will look at the gallery later, so this is what I see when I am kissed by a dragonfly....erm...Ray.....I rather am kissed by somebody else....
This picture is a treat, love your pictures of 'the small world'
Have a great weekend with a lot of things to capture.
I do hope the wife did NOT get angry with the 'wet knees' in your pants, wow.. a lot of explaining to do, but by now she will know you..... wink
Ray: Funny thing, Astrid...Ginnie is featuring a similar image today. [grin]

I was wearing shorts that day, so only got muddy knees...Na laughed when she saw me a bit later, and said I was as bad as the [7 year old] Boy, but didn't offer to wash my legs.
wow, cool.
Stick some extension tubes to get the same effect but be further away...
cool!!!
Cheers
Rob
Ray: Thanks, Rob.

Can't recall, but think I might have been using a 25mm tube...its one of the few things I often carry in a pocket, cos its not so heavy that my shorts fall down. [grin]
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 9 Oct 2009, 08:45
Now thats up close and personal, great shot Ray
Ray: Thanks, Zed.

I was trying to get a shot of the complex eyes, and was very happy to see how it turned out.
Just stunning Master. Thanks for the lesson.
Your gallery shots are superb!
Ray: You are too kind, Richard.
Remarkable Ray, are you considering a new career as a photographer of the natural world?
Ray: [grin]

Yeh...right! "How to drop your salary 1000 fold in one easy step, for Dummies"
WOW he looks ugly as hell but the way you caught his "beauty" is incredible grin
Ray: In Australia they have a saying...something like:

"A face that only his Mum would describe as handsome".
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Oct 2009, 11:54
Stunning Shot Ray is the colour real?
Ray: Colour is real, Vintage. There are lots of colourful Dragons in Thailand...this one is red and gold...in the next week or so I will show a purple one.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 9 Oct 2009, 12:02
Those are quite the lips!
Ray: Pucker up, Mary!
Just how close can you get Ray, and what a set of pictures on your link, very well done.
Ray: I was quite happy with this day of wandering, Brian, and Dragonflies were not even the main quarry.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Oct 2009, 12:43
You know I am planning to get the similar Canon lens, Ray, but will be lucky if I get anything close to this, I'm sure!
Ray: But, Ginnie...you are already featuring a similar image on your blog today. [grin]
A wonderful shot
Ray: Thanks for your comment, Linda.

I am pleased you like it.
  • Eva
  • United States
  • 9 Oct 2009, 17:11
~applause! this is amazingly beautiful shot!
Ray: Thanks, Eva. I am delighted that you react this way.
Just browsed your dragon fly slide show... goodness apart from your great images the variety of dragon fly you have is just amazing ...

lovely Ray

richard
Ray: I find a lot of different Dragonflies, Richard, and some of the are spectacular.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Oct 2009, 22:20
Good grief! Wow!

It's an amazing picture Ray.
Ray: You are very kind, Ellie.
Likeyed!
Ray: That's very generous of you, Nigel.
wow, Amazing !
Ray: He let me in quite close.

I said "Thank you, Mr Dragon..."

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