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Monday, November 16, 2009

A few Odonata shots with my new toy

Just a few Odonata shots from my new lens. You'll have to view the exif to see for yourself which lens it is. If you need help on viewing exif, view this:. The "bokeh-er" background should give you a hint that it's a long focal length :D. I'm still not telling. Go check the exif yourself.

Trithemis aurora male, crimson dropwing
IMG_1926 copy
Canon EOS 40D, 1/50, f/7.1, ISO 320, Natural Light, Handheld

male crimson dropwing trithemis aurora IMG_6555edit copy

A male Crimson dropwing (Trithemis aurora)
crimson dropwing reflection

Trithemis aurora, female crimson dropwing
IMG_1756 ST copy
Canon EOS 40D, 1/100, f/7.1, ISO 200, Natural Light, Handheld

Up close with a male Crimson dropwing (Trithemis aurora)
male dragonfly Crimson dropwing, Trithemis aurora IMG_0956 copy

Bronze Flutterer (Rhyothemis obsolescens)
IMG_6672 copy Bronze Flutterer, Rhyothemis obsolescens

IMG_6129 copy Bronze Flutterer (Rhyothemis obsolescens)

Yellow-barred Flutterer Rhyotemis phyllis
Yellow-barred Flutterer IMG_4038 copy

Yellow-barred Flutterer IMG_4051 copy

A male Trumpet Tale, Acisoma panorpoides, eating a damselfly.
IMG_1838 copy
Canon EOS 40D, 1/100, f/8, ISO 320, Fill Flash, Handheld

Portrait of a male Trumpet Tail, Acisoma panorpoides
Dragonfly Acisoma panorpoides (Trumpet Tail) IMG_8802 copy

Another portrait
Acisoma panorpoides IMG_3591 stk copy

A female Trumpet Tail, Acisoma panorpoides
female acisoma panorpoides IMG_9487 copy

A male Pygmy dragonfly, Nannophya pygmaea. The smallest dragonfly in Malaysia, only about 15mm body length and 20mm wing span.
IMG_0423stk copy

A female Nannophya pygmaea
A female Nannophya pygmaea (IMG_4844 copy)

A male Pygmy dragonfly, Nannophya pygmaea.
IMG_0409 copy

A male in obelisk pose.
IMG_6700 copy  male Nannophya pygmaea (Scarlet Pygmy) in obelisk pose

A sub-adult male Sarlet Pygmy (Nannophya pygmaea)
IMG_6725 copy Scarlet Pygmy (Nannophya pygmaea)

Female Lyriothemis biappendiculata
IMG_8187 copy

A male treehugger dragonfly,  Tyriobapta torrida
male treehugger dragonfly Tyriobapta torrida IMG_8913 DT copy

A female treehugger dragonfly Tyriobapta torrida. Very cryptic!
IMG_8903 copy

Potamarcha congener?
Potamarcha congener ? IMG_1985 copy

Macrogomphus thoracius
Macrogomphus thoracius dragonfly IMG_8850 record shot copy edit

Onychothemis testacea
Onychothemis testacea (male) IMG_9123 (2) copy

Ictinogomphus decoratus(Common Flangetail)
IMG_1417 copy

Neurothemis ramburii dragonfly fallen prey to a raft spider. If you like spiders, check this post out!
Neurothemis ramburii dragonfly fallen prey toa raft spider. IMG_6353 copy

Variegated green skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) with prey - a butterfly.
Orthetrum sabina with prey IMG_6801 copy

Heliocypha biforata.
Heliocypha biforata IMG_8929 copy

Dark tipped forest skimmer (Cratilla metallica)
Cratilla metallica, dark tipped forest skimmer IMG_3888 copy

Euphaea ochracea
Eupheae ochracea IMG_9503 (2) copy

Not sure of its ID.
IMG_7892 copy

Devadatta argyoides
Devadatta argyoides IMG_0825 copy

Rhinagrion elopurae
Rhinagrion elopurae IMG_6941 copy

Stunning male green metalwing, Neurobasis chinensis
Green Metalwing damselfly,  Neurobasis chinensis IMG_8124 copy
Watch an animated gif to see for yourself the flashy green metallic wing tips of this gorgeous damselfly here.

Green metalwing damselfly (Neurobasis chinensis ) IMG_5227 stk copy

A damselfly with cricket prey.
Damselfly with cricket prey.........IMG_3013 copy

Damsel eats damsel.
IMG_6204 copy

Damselflies in tandem.
damselflies mating, in tandem DSC_7731 web

The emergence of a damselfly.
Animation: Damselfly Emergence
More animation here.


Portrait of a male immature Crimson dropwing Trithemis aurora
dragonfly portraitIMG_1477 copy

IMG_3058stk copy

Another portrait. Not sure of its ID.
Face to face with a dragonfly.......IMG_9689stk copy

I haven't tried Full Flash shots with this long focal length macro lens yet, but i know the light is going to be harsh. Heck, i could see that even in my fill flash shot already, so it's gonna be worse for full flash. I use the same DIY Diffusers for my usual 40D, MP-E65 and MT-24EX setup, except now it's 40D, MT-24EX and a new, longer lens, and longer working distance. So why the harsh light? Why does it work ok on when i use my MP-E65 but not with this new lens? Well, again, it's about the apparent light size, which i explained in one of my earlier post: Full Flash Macro Photography - 3 Things you must know! Besides the longer working distance compared to the MP-E65, which I am still trying to get used to, this new lens also produces much warmer images. I normally set the WB to 4800K for the 40D, MP-E65 and MT-24EX, but the same 4800K still results in very warm photos. I'm going to lower the WB to maybe 4000 next time. That's all and cheers for now :) OK...i'm sure you've checked the exif and know the answer already - my new toy is a Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro Lens :)

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