Blue Dasher Dragonfly

The Dragonflies and Damselflies are starting to come back to our pond. This Blue Dasher almost looks like it is smiling and posing for me. There are just a few at the moment, but it usually takes a while for the numbers to increase. This was shot with a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens with a special combination of extension tubes and a Canon 1.4X Series III teleconverter. Placing them in a certain order and sequence actually gets you closer and magnifies the image on the sensor more than the way people usually use them. Perfect for closeup photos of Dragonflies and Damselflies without getting right in their face, so to speak. Also allowing to get images when water or other obstacles are blocking you getting closer with a normal macro setup. I also sometimes use a flash with a Better Beamer to open up the shadows. I will do a post on this later.

Canon closeup IMG_1245

One of the closeup 400mm setups, with flash, minus the Better Beamer in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge Maryland

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