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Damselfly's Happy Meal

Damselfly's Happy Meal
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Copyright: Alenka Unk (alenka) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 12] (77)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40 DSLR
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 3:33
Viewed: 3823
Points: 2
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Thank you to all who've commented on my photos. You've motivated me further to go out there and try my best. You will also be causing a bankruptcy, I'm afraid as I've just realized I will need a tripod and a telephoto lens. Oh and definitely need to read the user manual for my D40 :-)
NOT easy getting a close-up of a lively tiny insect with neither a tripod or telephoto...

Yesterday, I went on a trek to Soteska Pekel (Hell Gorge) south-west of Ljubljana. With its five waterfalls, it is a great place to cool down in hot summer days. I took some photos I'm so happy with. Even a crayfish (never even saw one in person before!) by chance. Several butterflies I don't know how to name etc. Here is one of my favourite shots, a damsefly that looks to me as if he's grinning while bringing that insect 'home'. I have photos with more of his wings in focus, but without the prey and this one somehow really appeals to me. I hope you enjoy.

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Hello Alenka,
The eyes have good focus and that's the important part. I see the small insect below, but it looks like it's hanging from a spider thread? If you want to do macro work a telephoto is not the best choice, but rather a dedicated macro lens.
An alternative is an in-expensive 50mm fixed prime F/1.8 lens + extension rings. I've seen this combo on TN that has produced some great images. Just a thought.
Nice attempt for your first macro..I see potential :)
Well done.

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