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Winged rainbow

This early morning visitor to my garden was quite unexpected but very welcome. I tend to get mostly dragonflies so any variety is welcome ;) He landed right next to me while I was photographing another model (guess I had been motionless for so long that I went unnoticed) and I repositioned as slowly as I dared and snapped off a few frames.

Not quite all the colours of a rainbow but you get the idea. I've got some other shots that I may end up posting but here's one to whet the appetite:)

Winged rainbow

This early morning visitor to my garden was quite unexpected but very welcome. I tend to get mostly dragonflies so any variety is welcome ;) He landed right next to me while I was photographing another model (guess I had been motionless for so long that I went unnoticed) and I repositioned as slowly as I dared and snapped off a few frames.

Not quite all the colours of a rainbow but you get the idea. I've got some other shots that I may end up posting but here's one to whet the appetite:)

comments (8)

  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 7 Jan 2008, 13:34
Beautiful shot Stan, the colours are amazingsmile
Stan: Thanks Tracy
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Jan 2008, 15:13
This is gorgeous, wonderful detail too. I like the DoF.

These little creatures can be so difficult to photograph because they always seem to sit still in just the wrong place. This was right place, right time smile
Stan: Yup, they are way more jumpy than dragons
  • Chizzle ma Nizzle
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2008, 17:30
Yep! There defo is a clear difference with the D300. Waiting for my portrait tho :-D Thumbs up U!
Stan: A portrait of you or just a portrait? wink
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 7 Jan 2008, 18:27
beautiful stuff
my only nitpick (you don't own the trademark you know) is i wish you were luckier with the dof
Stan: LOL. I was trying to keep the ISO low so had to shoot wide open. I do have a few shots with better dof. Stay tunedwink
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:44
how do you get so close without them flying off? even slowly, you would think its a bit suspect when this mountain edges towards you. Great shot again!

i really like the way the dof tapers the wings out of focus like that. It forces ones eyes to the focal point very nicely...which just happens to be crystal!
Stan: In this particular case, the lens was about a foot and a half from the butterfly so it was a bit easier than usual. Takes a lot of patience and luck I guess. Oh it also helps when you approach then from the same height wink
Just fantastic. A WOW picture ! So sharp too ! Can't get enough of this. And I welcome this picture into my likeys.
Stan: Thanks Florence, hope to see you around again soon
  • Gurrle
  • 8 Jan 2008, 17:21
At first glance looks like she's a hotstepper. Looked abit longer, now i think she's got luvly piano fingers. Truly intriguing how ur models let you get close....the forces are indeed with u obistan. Keep em coming.
Stan: Thanks. Keep visiting smile
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jan 2008, 19:08
Amazing sharpness around the head and even moreso when I saw 1/30.
Shame about clipping the wing but understandable considereing it sort of crept up on you
Stan: The clipping was intentional because i wanted a closer crop. I've got shots with the full butterfly. I guess i need a shorter focal length macro lens wink

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camera NIKON D300
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shutterspeed 1/30s
aperture f/4.0
sensitivity ISO1000
focal length 210.0mm
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