Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A great dragon model :)

Dragonflies are normally very skittish and not easy to approach...but once in a while, you'll get lucky, especially if they are busy eating, mating or cleaning itself. Or if you're extremely lucky, you'll find one that will let you shoot all you want, even though he/she is not pre-occupied with any activities :D

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However, that doesn't mean you should approach your target hastily. There is this "RIH" (rapid incremental habituation) technique i found in a forum. Give it a read and try it out yourself. I am sure you will find it useful! Good luck!

All macro images shot with a 40D, Canon MP-E65 1X-5X Macro Lens and Canon MT-24EX Twin Flash

Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras


  1. First shot is very nice :) Nicely composed :)

  2. Thanks Nick. Like the details on the wings in that shot too!

  3. Gorgeous face to face shot. Your macro always amaze me. :)

  4. Dragon Fly's wing look like some kind structure. Did you charm him to stay still? Lol
    Another great macro series!

  5. Great shots! Looks like I should start saving for a MPE-65 :)

  6. Thanks for the comments :) Huck and Vincent :)

  7. Vincent, MPE rocks. Love it. You'll need the MT-24EX to pair it with though, or diffused 430/580 on a flash bracket with ballhead :)

  8. This is amazing. How close were you to your subject?

  9. Thanks, about 2 inches between filter and subject i think.



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