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Mating Pond Skaters

Observed: 23rd March 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
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The second of my surprise Pond Skater shots from last week in the New Forest. The first was a Pond Skater with lunch. This one, unless one is enjoying a large cannibalistic meal, is better focussed and seems to have caught two Pond Skaters mating.
Once again, I suspect precise id. should be avoided.
How did I not notice something this exciting? Cameras can be a distraction. :)

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anonymous spotter's picture

You did well -

to capture these at all. My camera's autofocus is completely fooled by the water surface (I've changed focus mode without success), and they are so quick that manual focussing produces crystal-clear shots of the spot where they had been!

jccurd's picture

As always ...

... interesting comments, Roger. I needed a good laugh. :)) I know what you mean, though.

Do you use a Canon DSLR? If so, have you tried making only the centre autofocus spot active? Mine's a 40D with 9 focus points and I found deactivating 8 of them removed a lot of it's confusion, though not all of it's confusion, unfortunately. Very thin targets, like damselfly abdomens can still be problematic.

John

anonymous spotter's picture

No -

I have a Nikon D5000, but I find that for many situations my Canon Powershot is the better bet. I had intended to sell it to partly fund the SLR, glad I didn't. Images are not so good perhaps, but overall it is easy to use, often focusses more accurately, and it's a lot lighter after a couple of hours!