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Telephoto "Macro"

Out practicing with the new camera, I couldn't resist trying to capture a few Damselflies over the C&O Canal last week, checking out how "macros" shot at a distance through the 100-400mm lens would come out. This one was decent, though the noise is a little high, but I'm glad it came out because that is a lovely one!

 

I thought I had used the flash, but the EXIF says no, so I'm surprised this came out sharp at all.

 

I've been trying to take some macros with the new camera, using the Raynox on the 18-135mm lens. The results tell me that it is possible but requires some practice; I've gotten nothing postable yet. And the DoF is so ridiculously shallow (one of the reasons I'd been resisting a DSLR - I knew it would be, from my past experience with a Fuji/Nikon and a 90mm macro lens) that I don't know how anyone can get a good single macro shot from a DSLR! It seems stacking is required. But I remember with that old setup that I WAS able to get decent, if somewhat shallow, images, and I've seen some from you guys, so I know it's possible. I just need to find the time to play.

 

But for now, I have to concentrate on other things...

 

Damselfly, American Rubyspot, Hetaerina americana, male

C&O Canal National Historic Park, Great Falls, MD

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Taken on June 14, 2012