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Press L and then F11 for a large view -

an absolute must to fully enjoy this picture!

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This is the wheel I've been looking for all summer - the Banded Demoiselle with its metallic glitter is one of my prefered Odonata!

 

To shoot them in the act was not really a comfortable experience: after watching them for some time flying around together playfully I knew exactly what would happen, so I had to go into the river to get near enough and I was standing knee-deep in mud bent down with the cam near water level (note I was below the damsels!), the sun was burning down on me mercylessly and the mosquitoes just loved the fact that I was otherwise occupied - and the damsels too, for that matter - and they had free reign.

 

But hey, all for the art - sitting here nursing my mosquito bites and looking at the pictures I think it was worth it :-)

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Banded Demoiselle mating wheel - the perfect heart

German name: Gebänderte Prachtlibelle

 

Odonata - Zygoptera - Calopterygidae - Calopteryx -

Calopteryx splendens | (Harris, 1780)

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📷 SONY ⍺6000 with vintage manual

Contax Carl Zeiss Sonnar 135mm ƒ/2.8 T✮ on a

Kenko-Tokina 2x CX Macro Teleplus MC7 (C/Y)

@ƒ5.6 ≙ 405mm T/11 (2x Teleplus and crop 1.5x)

available light | manual focusing and exposure | handheld

 

If you get the angle just right and don't shoot directly into the light you can avoid the ugly hexagons in the specular highlights even with the Sonnar closed down to @ƒ5.6...

 

Here's the camera/lens combination used for this shot.

 

Lens EXIF written with ExifMixer | ExifTool

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If you have amazing shots of dragonflies or damselflies please head over to my group .: Dragonfly & Damselfly Addicts :. (with odonata picture reference guide) and share them. Thank you :-)

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If you have bokehlicious shots done with vintage prime lenses please head over to my group Bokeh of vintage primes

and share them there. Thank you.

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If you have amazing shots done with any kind of ZEISS lens (Carl Zeiss, Carl Zeiss Jena, SONY ZEISS) on a SONY E-mount camera please head over to my group SONY NEX/alpha E-mount with Carl Zeiss lenses and share them. Thank you :-)

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Taken on August 21, 2015