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Black Winged Damselfy
Lens: DA 55-300 Camera: Pentax Kx Photo Location: Callaghan Va ISO: 1600 Shutter Speed: 1/200s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: VaughnA, 07-18-2010, 04:26 PM

A beautiful Black Winged Damselfly that I caught with the 55-300 since I don't have a macro. As shy as he was I doubt it would have helped.


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Great perspective! This almost looks like a macro, somehow

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That's the damselfly I tried to shoot in Oklahoma, never got within 20 feet. But I was on a bridge and he was down below and never got close. First time I had ever seen that emerald green with black wings, I wanted a picture bad. The DAL 18-55 just wouldn't bring it in enough.

This is a nice shot, I like the angle and perspective too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paleo Pete Quote
That's the damselfly I tried to shoot in Oklahoma, never got within 20 feet. But I was on a bridge and he was down below and never got close. First time I had ever seen that emerald green with black wings, I wanted a picture bad. The DAL 18-55 just wouldn't bring it in enough.

This is a nice shot, I like the angle and perspective too.
Thanks, it was a VERY shy damselfly. The 55-300 was definitely the ideal solution compared to a normal macro. And with that I only got about 3 shots before it flew away.

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Great capture, Vaughn. I have problems with Damsilflies also. They're very skittish creatures. Doesn't take much for them to fly the coop. Just breathe....they're gone.
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Nice!! I'm just blown away at what the KX can do in skilled hands. I have the 55-300 too and love it - great lens!
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Photolady - Move slowly...I got some damselfly shots yesterday from about a foot away with my 50mm Pentax lens, but I had to be very slow and careful. I've done it a lot, started shooting damselflies with my Samsung P&S, and found out quick they are really skittish. The Samsung does great, but I have to be really close - like 6 inches - to get a really good macro shot. I got several nice ones with it, now I'm using the K-x and still getting within a foot...but it's frustrating, 9 out of 10 will bail.
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I have shots of damsilflies, Pete, just not a lot of them because they're so skittish. And I use a Sigma 70-300mm Macro lens to mine.

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