By: Arjen Drost

Sep 10 2012

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Category: Dragonflies, insects, Macro, nature, Photography

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Focal Length:100mm
Shutter:1/1600 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Banded Darter

Even though I’m still working through my pictures of the past Arctic season, I sometimes find the time to go outside to make some new pictures. This weekend had nice summer weather, so I took the chance to do some dragonflies with my new macro lens.

Banded Darters are probably the nicest species of darter we have in the Netherlands with their characteristic bands  over their wings. Most dragonfly portraits show a dragonfly sitting on a perch, either from the side or from above with the body in focus. With this picture I decided to take a different approach and use a very small DOF and focus on those bands. It gives a nice image with only little in focus, but it’s still clear what species is in the picture.

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