Common Blue Damselfly

August 22, 2014  •  1 Comment

I thought I'd start trying to be a bit more active with this 'ere blog. For starters I thought it may be of some interest to give a bit more background on the methods behind capturing the images that are up on the website. I've been doing a fair bit of macro work recently as I find it really fascinating that these creatures live around us, pretty much unnoticed, and make for great photographic subjects. A current favourite of mine is this head-on shot of a common blue damselfly:

Common Blue DamselflyCommon Blue Damselfly

This was taken at Watermead Park in Thurmaston (about half an hour away from where I live) - I'd managed to get out fairly early in the morning (this isn't one of my strengths as a photographer!) and took this pic at 7:45am. The real benefit to working with damselflies early in the day is that they need to warm up before they can really be active, so they're much easier subjects. You also benefit from the dew, which adds an interesting additional element to the image. I was particularly pleased with this image as the head-on perspective means the viewer can connect with the tiny beastie! In all I probably spent about three hours in about a 10 metre square area photographing damselflies that morning (obsessive...me?!) but got some really nice pics (and wet knees!)

Technical info: Nikon D700, 55mm Micro Nikkor manual focus lens, f2.8, 1/400, handheld


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1.Sue Hutton(non-registered)
The dew really adds to this shot. Natural jewellery
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