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Red Damselfly | by johnhallmen
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Red Damselfly

Pyrrhosoma nymphula


Single exposure @f32 with Micro-nikkor 105/f4 + Raynox MSN-202


I was chasing this one around trying to shoot it without disturbing it too much. I finally gave up, caught it, held it by the wings with a leaf underneath its body and shot it against the blue sky. Not a very elegant approach and definitely not my preferred kind of field photography – but in this case I figured it was better than nothing. (It didn't appear to get harmed by my handling but it certainly didn't like it)


Lighting: One Nikon SB-400 on hydrostatic arm from above. Plastic yoghurt bottle around the end of the lens as diffuser. Same principle as described here: "Modular Macro Diffuser" but with a slightly simpler implemenation (see below for an image showing the actual setup used)

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Taken on July 14, 2010