Ommatidia of a Dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis)

This is a single, almost full-frame, photo of the last dragonfly I posted. The dragonfly was suprisingly easy to shoot, unlike most dragonflies, even though it did eventually fly away. I only took one photo at this magnification, and I nailed the focus (more or less). Taken with my usual 2x teleconverter and reversed 28mm prime lens. With the full bellows setup, I'm capable of almost twice this magnification. Maybe someday I will get a photo of a dragonfly eye at my maximum possible magnification.


Dragonfly eyes are pretty amazing, I read that there can be 30,000 ommatidia on just one eye.


For more info on compound eyes, take alook at the wikipedia page on ommatidia (which incudes a photo I took):


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  • Lens Wide-Open Photography (aka Joey) 7y

    Wow, ginormous magnification! Awesome macro!
  • Rafa Elias 7y

    Fantastic, I saw the wikipedia page
  • Luis Ferreira 7y

  • ∟○√ε -wendy 7y

    Amazing.. just.. amazing..

    Always great shots! <3
  • Davis Kwan 7y

    wonderful! do you need a bellow for this photo?
  • Thomas Shahan 7y

    rhinocerosrex- no tripod, macro work would be impossibly cumbersome if I were to use a tripod as I need to be able to move anywhere, anytime, in any direction (half the time I am laying on the ground). The focus was the result of luck and steady hands.

    photokai-No bellows was used for this photo. If I were using a bellows it would be quite a lot closer, and would probably have taken 100 photos to achieve anything in focus.
  • Muiz_ 7y

    I absolutely love your Photostream! It's so fascinating - it is literaly a whole new world! And the colours are ridiculously amazing! Engineering at it's very best :)
  • suesue2 7y

    eye see you ;-)
    wow ,,, quite impressive !!
  • lf66 7y

    wow....keep staring into the black grows !!!
  • Alex Imperial 7y

    holy crap the black area does grow xO
    amazing :)
    this is microscopic

    Found in a search. (?)
  • Thomas Shahan 7y

    ALeX_14 -

    May not qualify as microscopic, but this could:

    (Same dragonfly)
  • Addicted2Hymenoptera 6y

  • muscapix 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called SUPERMACRO aux limites de la macro... 4:1 et plus, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • muscapix 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • etharanz - 6y

    Hi Opo.. i really admire ur shots.. just a question.. have u tried shooting at night? as daytime insects tend to be asleep and can be an excellent time to shoot them. Dragonflies especially :D u just have to bring a torch..
  • Steven Wong 6y

    Looking though your old photographs..... this one is amazing!!!
  • Ed 5y

    The eyes have it! Fabulous image!
  • B A Moir 2y

    Love that's its wildlife ie its still living! Fab shot.
  • Sarah 2y

    That is amazing.
  • Kendi Fikri 1y

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Taken on January 14, 2005
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