Damselfly - almost but not quite!

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Damselfly - almost but not quite!
9 months ago

It came out a little underexposed and lacking in depth of field. But it's an improvement.

This is an uncropped image.

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Looks best @ 100%

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Didn't get close enough.   This is a crop.

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And another one
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Also cropped.

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Re: And another one
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This is a very nice shot. You managed to keep the entire body in focus. And it has a better composition to the other two.

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bradtort wrote:

Didn't get close enough. This is a crop.

I like this one best.  It might help with a little tighter crop.

The first has too much OOF for me to find it attractive.  With these long insects, front on for the face or close to a profile shot works best.  In the third shot, wing detail is lost in the dark background.  You can see more in this one .

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I like this shot.

I have a difficult time photographing these specific insects. I often get into position where I can move when needed. But these things take off as soon as I move toward them.

Any pointers on how not to drive off my insect subjects?

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Patience.  I keep shooting until I find one that will stay in place.

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Although no one expresses any love for this photo, I think it is potentially interesting if I can pull of the lighting and focus.

This morning I went out and stalked the damselfly.

I ran off quite a few shots, but only one was close to being in focus.  And once again they were underexposed.  I need to dial in about +.7 to +1.

I think the emphasis on the face is improved, and the lighting has more dramatic impact, but the underexposure has created murky areas.   I guess I could do a better job of massaging it in PS Elements, but the shot needs to be improved in other ways that aren't the fault of image processing.

I'm struggly with focus.  I've tried autofocus with single-focus point and it fails most of the time.  Expanding to a higher number of points doesn't help.

Manually focusing just doesn't work for me.  These are hand held, and what looks like it's in focus through the viewfinder almost never is.  Tripod/monopod wouldn't work for these creatures.

I've never really used live view.   Do people use it for macro?

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There are a number of different odonata activities and their actions vary by species.  For example, the Saddlebags seem to want the highest position with good visibility.  You are usually going to get shots from underneath them.

When dropping eggs, they won't stay at rest for very long and will vary location a lot.

During hunting, they will often return to the same perch.  If you observe them for a while and see this behavior, you can move slowly closer each time they fly away.  Eventually, they will consider you part of the environment and ignore you.

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Try this.

Put the single point on the area you want in focus, use AF-S to achieve course focus and then, holding the shutter at half press, move slightly to capture the exact point you want in focus.

I seldom use liveview except on a tripod.

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