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Red Damselfly

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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)

Syahrel Azha Hashim, paulgalbraith, and 316 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Cherry Marmelade 41 months ago | reply

    Nice colours! :D

  2. akalbudi 41 months ago | reply

    speechless shot...

  3. JebbiePix 41 months ago | reply

    Great colors

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  5. mark@pfalz 41 months ago | reply

    Awesome, a little bit like "Formicula".....

  6. Phi Dao 41 months ago | reply

    Nice red Damsel and great shot with detail !

  7. Nick Parkey 41 months ago | reply

    such a cool close up shot with awesome colors

  8. CJW.Creation 41 months ago | reply

    I think disagree with you, the blue skies made it more interesting. Nice focus.
    Do you mind sharing how close do you need to be while using Raynox msn202 with 105/f4?
    And thanks for sharing the yogurt bottle idea, its great!

  9. mgw_wgw 40 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful closeup of this bright damselfly :) It deserves more than one star :)
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

  10. Eddie The Bugman 40 months ago | reply

    Brilliant work, the details are superb, love the ideas on flash diffusion, great stuff :)

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  12. Marcel Tuit (travel mode) 38 months ago | reply

    Great macro, details are Amazing.

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  14. Francesco Mariani's Photos 38 months ago | reply

    Bellissima macro... bravissimo!!!

  15. Monte Mendoza 33 months ago | reply

    With a final vote of two to zero, the eyes have it.

  16. ericdivito 29 months ago | reply

    Master class !

  17. Lynns_Lens 29 months ago | reply

    This is amazing u did a fabulous job

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