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Jun 20, 2007 12:02 |  #1

I went on a hike last Saturday morning, and there were about eight of these guys fluttering around. Boy, are they quick! I thought dragons were hard to photograph! I know they are somewhat OOF, but I did my best under the circumstances. I wanted to post them because I love their colors. cropped


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Jun 20, 2007 12:44 |  #2

Like the colors Bill.
As you say a bit OOF.
What lens did you use, no exif data in pic.


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Jun 20, 2007 14:03 |  #3

I was having a hard time getting to them with my 60mm, so I switched to my 100-400L IS on a monopod. Shot at 400mm, 1/100, f5.6, iso 200. Just got the lens a week ago, and still trying it out. While I know it is not a macro lens, I wanted to try and get some shots of these beautiful creatures. I just couldn't get close with the 60. I'm thinking seriously about getting a 150 or 180 macro for the extra room.


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Jun 20, 2007 14:35 |  #4

Looks as if they are demoiselle damselflies, beautiful colouring.
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Jun 20, 2007 15:19 |  #5

Agree, a beautiful damselfly.


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Jun 20, 2007 15:39 |  #6

In Europe this would be described as a demoiselle which is a term given to a type of damselfly that is larger and more powerful than the usual damsels, although I don't think the distinction is made in the Americas. They share some of the characteristics of dragonflies being agile enough to occasionally hunt on the wing, but they are still technically damsels though as they can park their wings together across their backs. This one resembles the European "beautiful demoiselle", calopteryx virgo.




  
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