Dragonfly sequence

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Well I had a heck of a time trying to capture this dragonfly in flight, I tried pre-focusing then switching to manual, I tried using AI servo and got mixed results. They didn't come out too bad but they weren't as sharp as I would have liked. I think hand holding it wasn't a good idea either but I tried...so if anyone would like to share their technique, I'm all ears! :)

I also didn't bring my extension tubes so I had to make due with the 100-400mm.

Anyway, here's a sequence I put together and some shots of the dragonfly perched.

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Absolutely stunning. Those aren't sharp enough for you? I feel like i could reach out and grab it from the last three. And that sequence in the first shot is beautifully done. :)
 

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Hey, nice photos, they are really good, i agree with midget patrol, i think there sharp enough. What lens did you use for those and how close to the object did you need to be?
 

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These are great! What is amazing is that you got them so sharp and they are hand held.

Great stuff!:thumbup:
 

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They are fantastic and amazing capture for the sequence even more so concidering they were hand held and shot. I wouldn't dare do anything like that unless i stuck the thing at f32+ and used a strobe.

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This one is my #1. The light through the wings. Niice. DOF = superb. In Dutch, the word for 'beautiful' is 'mooi' [moy].

Je maakt mooie fotos. You make beautiful photos.

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Thanx for the positive feedback everyone. In regards to the sharpness I was implying to the first pic, the originals weren't very sharp, scaled down they look better of course, and the IS helps a ton doing these hand held.

mmphoto:I was using my 100-400mm lens for these.
 

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Dang Bro..it is great to see your post. These are stellar shots man.
 

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I love it.
Dragonflies are very hard to shoot. It's very rare for them to stay in one spot for a long period of time.

 

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I agree the sequence is the best of the bunch in my eyes. I also like #5. Not sure if anyone has informed you before, but if you are posting a bunch of pictures at once, you should number them so that it is easier to comment on individual shots. Well done though.
 

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