Ommatidia of a Dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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    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):

    Ana_Cotta, Coder, .:Lintra:., Jοey, and 122 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. jomak14 82 months ago | reply

      Wow, ginormous magnification! Awesome macro!

    2. Sator Arepo 82 months ago | reply

      Fantastic, I saw the wikipedia page

    3. ∟○√ε -wendy 82 months ago | reply

      Amazing.. just.. amazing..

      Always great shots! <3

    4. photokai 82 months ago | reply

      wonderful! do you need a bellow for this photo?

    5. Thomas Shahan 82 months ago | reply

      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.

    6. Muiz_ 82 months ago | reply

      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 :)

    7. suesue2 81 months ago | reply

      eye see you ;-)
      wow ,,, quite impressive !!

    8. lf66 79 months ago | reply

      wow....keep staring into the black grows !!!

    9. Alejandro Imperial 78 months ago | reply

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

      Found in a search. (?)

    10. Thomas Shahan 78 months ago | reply

      ALeX_14 -

      May not qualify as microscopic, but this could:

      (Same dragonfly)

    11. Addicted2Hymenoptera 74 months ago | reply


    12. muscapix 74 months ago | reply

      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!

    13. muscapix 74 months ago | reply

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

    14. etharanz - 70 months ago | reply

      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..

    15. Steven Wong (ATKR) 66 months ago | reply

      Looking though your old photographs..... this one is amazing!!!

    16. fossiled 55 months ago | reply

      The eyes have it! Fabulous image!

    17. B A Moir 27 months ago | reply

      Love that's its wildlife ie its still living! Fab shot.

    18. eyeseaawl 24 months ago | reply

      That is amazing.

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