Dragons & Damsels Panoramas

Panoramas are not just for landscapes! I enjoy shooting panoramas for a variety of subjects. Plus they look interesting when you print them very large! Here are a series of multi-image Dragonfly & Damselfly Panoramas. I was using Canon & Panasonic Cameras, with a variety of lenses. The featured Blue Dasher Dragonfly image was 5 handheld images taken with a Canon 300mm lens, with extension tubes @ f/9, 1/250th sec. Then assembled and blended in Photoshop. When shooting panoramas handheld, I tend to overlap even more just to be safe & that I got enough overlap to blend nicely. I may not need them, but it helps if you do need more images when assembling them. The images below have some details on exposure & images shot per panorama.

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Eastern Forktail Damselfly, 4 image panorama, Panasonic GH2 with adapted Canon FD 200mm Manual Focus Macro lens, blended in Photoshop.

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Blue Dasher, Female – 400mm DO lens with extension tubes, Canon 1D mkIV,  3 image panorama, f/11, 1/250 

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Eastern Forktail Damselfly, 3 image panorama, Panasonic GH2 with adapted Canon FD 200mm Manual Focus Macro lens


Rhododendron Closeups

I photographed these closeups of  Rhododendron blossoms after a rain. I used a Panasonic GH2 m43 camera body with an old manual focus Canon FD f/4 macro lens mounted with a FD to m43 adapter. It is a great combination for closeups, from flowers to bugs. It gives you a dslr full frame equivalent of a 400mm macro that can go to 2X, but has the depth of field of a 200mm. Lets you get in close to your subject but still have a decent working distance. Also the viewfinder shows you the actual depth of field all the time so you can compose your shots easily. The light was very poor, so I used a tripod and tried various crops and angles. Exposures averaged around 1/20 sec ( the light was very dark) f/8 to f/11, 1/20 sec, ISO 400. Here are a few from the series.

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This hemlock was next to the Rhododendron. The cone with bug and water drop was about 1/2″. I did not notice the bug at first because it was so dark out. Panasonic GH2, Canon FD f/4 Manual Focus Macro lens, f/8, 1/50 sec, ISO 1600

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Hemlock cone with bug, closer up, ~ 2X, Panasonic GH2, Canon FD f/4 Manual Focus Macro lens, f/8, 1/13 sec, ISO 1600

Spring Sunrise

Although Spring has arrived in the Northeast, the weather has still been very cold. Between work and the cold weather I have not had a chance to go out and shoot some new images for the blog. I was leaving early to get to work at 6:40 in the am and saw this interesting sunrise with puffy clouds. I only had my small Panasonic GH2 and I clicked a few quick shots. Nothing great, but something colorful to post.

Panasonic GH2, Panasonic Lumix G 14-140mm f/4 -5.8@ 140mm, 1/80 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 640

Shasta Daisy

This is a Shasta Daisy from last Summer. After a rain, I was looking around the yard for possible interesting photos. I found this Daisy with raindrops of the petals, then an insect landed which I thought added a little more interest. The yellow in the left bottom corner with the green in the background added an additional splash of colors diagonally. Panasonic m43 GH2 with a FD Canon 200mm manual focus macro f/4 @ f/8, 1/160th sec., aperture priority, 1/160 sec, ISO 400, Exposure compensation +0.67, effective 400mm with the GH2 sensor.

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