Damsel Fly

An hand-held insect macro using Martin's Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens.

I had my first play with this lens today, and the damsel fly shots (there's another I'll upload later) are my first successful (for degrees of success that is) hand-held 1:1 macro with this lens.

It's definitely tricky business and I can see why people get macro ring lights.

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View all photos taken: Sunday, 18th November 2007, This photo: 1:11pm

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  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    Beautiful, great colours.
  • David de Groot said:
    It's a shame I didn't get the eye in focus as well, but it wasn't easy getting this with the slight breeze, no stable base to shoot from, and the need to keep the shutter speed high enough to hand hold. Still, they were quite pretty.
  • -Bennie- said:
    dave... nice first go mate. you've utilised another one of my 'wish-list' lenses... The texture that a good macro lens pulls out is pretty special... The bokeh is just so consistent.....
  • David de Groot said:
    It's a nice lens. Autofocus was good and fast when using it as a portrait lens, a bit iffy for macro work (best to use manual focus there).
    Definitely fun to play with though tracking moving subjects this close is a big challenge ;-)
  • heidi_K said:
    It is some nice colors you found here - and she is looking at you!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I can't take credit for finding them, Martin had the sharp eyes and spotted a group of these little fellas sitting on a stalk of grass.
  • freef0cus said:
    great capture

    Seen in a darckr view of your flickr stream (mine, ?).
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) I see you have the 60mm macro, I presume it's similarly difficult to get good focus and depth of field handheld.
  • sheelz said:

    This photo deserves a big HEART,
    please post this beautiful picture at
    Heart Awards Group .
  • Jack High said:
    Nice shot David, very good detail and colours.
    I often use my gorrilapod for macro work. It's multi-adjustable legs can help give some support in all sorts of weird situations, even if you just wrap them around your wrist, or use the front one like a mono-pod.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)

    Well I was perched on a rock next to a creek pointing at a long blade of grass that these guys were attached to. There really wasn't any room for anything but me on the rock. Still, a monopod might be useful... hmm...
  • Yorri¢k said:
    fantastic work m8!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Richard, not as impressive as your flying dragonflies though.
  • traceyisanozzy said:
    OMG omg omg.....this is just STUNNING! So very beautiful, you have done exceedingly well for the first play and that sets the benchmark to a very high level now, just gorgeoussssssss!!!! :-)

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  • David de Groot said:
    Awww thanks Tracey, but it's really not that good. The eye is out of focus for starters, and I've chopped off the right hand side. More practice is required for sure.