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Female Common Darter, Warren Heath SSSI, Hampshire.



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Handheld looking down on the dragonfly. Using an Eos 5DsR, 100mm L, Raynox DCR250 & lit with a Lumiquest softbox.

Handheld looking down on the dragonfly. Using an Eos 5DsR, 100mm L, Raynox DCR250 & lit with a Lumiquest softbox.
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8 Comments |
jessikalloyd
 
jessikalloyd August 18, 2016
What lens do you use for shots like this?
davidscottrobson PRO
davidscottrobson September 18, 2016
Hi Jessika - I used a Canon 100mm L with a Raynox DCR250 attached to the end of it to get a really close shot.
edstines Platinum
 
edstines August 19, 2016
This is wonderful, curious about your lens. The details on fullsize is amazing eventhough iso=400.
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davidscottrobson September 18, 2016
Hi - I used a Canon 100mm with a Raynox 250 attached to the end. I also used a flash/softbox combo to reduce the noise although the Eos 5DsR handles pretty well at high ISO..
DavidH60
 
DavidH60 September 26, 2016
Superb shot and a well deseved win
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davidscottrobson November 12, 2016
Thanks!
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honey_and_the_badger February 17, 2017
Very Stylish ! man that power!
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mihrt March 15, 2017
CONGRATS ON YOUR AWARDS for this fabulous shot. Fantastic capture of the composite eye!!
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davidscottrobson August 31, 2017
Thanks :)
jamesjohnston_3471 Ultimate
 
jamesjohnston_3471 November 04, 2018
Wonderful crisp image. Thanks for entering my challenge. About as good as a macro gets, great tones, texture, colors and crop. Brilliant.
davidscottrobson PRO
 
davidscottrobson November 07, 2018
Thanks everyone for your lovely comments - sorry I didn't reply but I didn't get any notification from Viewbug :(
marysorberdye
 
marysorberdye March 01, 2022
Wonder what he thought giggles. Superb!~
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took it at Warren Heath (SSI) in Hampshire.

Time

About 2pm.

Lighting

I used a lumiquest softbox & flash at minimal setting to balance the light a little but otherwise it was naturally lit.

Equipment

I used a Canon Eos 5DsR with a 100mm L Macro lens & a Raynox DCR250 attached to the lens to get more detail. It was taken handheld looking down onto the subject and was lit with a Canon external flash (580EX II) with a Lumiquest softbox to diffuse the light.

Inspiration

I wanted to get a decent close up shot of a dragonfly's eye structure as it's not an easy shot to get.

Editing

The image was cropped a tiny bit and sharpened slightly using a high pass filter. Other than some minor adjustments to contrast that was pretty much it.

In my camera bag

Depends what I'm doing but for macro I normally carry a Canon Eos 5DsR, a Canon 100mm L, a Sigma Art 35mm, a Raynox DCR250 & Raynox 5320 Pro, a Canon flash, 4x Canon Batteries, 8x AAA batteries, a Lumiquest softbox, some spare diffuser material, a Velbon monopod (as they're really lightweight), occasionally a second camera body, and plenty of high-speed memory cards. I carry them in a Mindshift Gear backpack.

Feedback

Just be patient - dragonflies in particular have specific behavioural patterns and so long as you don't spook them you can get pretty close - you just need to keep still and wait. Using the softbox/flash arrangement makes it easier to shoot hand-held - I find tripods very restrictive, especially in places like Warren Heath where you need to wander off the path to get the shot.

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