I am unsure about this one but it may be possibly an immature White legged Damsel ????
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Looking at the NBN Map I now doubt the WL Damsel as its not this far North ????
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An excellent Site chris :-)
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Have you any tips for staging Chris ??? . i have been after a close up of the Broad Bodied Chaser and found placing sticks around the edge of a pomd was reasonably successful but never guaranteed :-) Which Macro do you use or are you spot focusing a telephoto ?? Have you ever been daring enough to try in flight shots ?? I am focusing this year to supplement my stuff with 90 sec HD Clips OK for Plants but not so hot for Insects
I use a Nikon VR 105mm macro lens and always use single centre point focusing. To maximise the depth of field I use 400 ISO and the lowest shutter speed for hand held photography, about 1/250th suits me. I never use a full frame camera but use a crop sensor which assists with DOF.
As for staging I have used it successfully with Golden Ringed but not Chasers. I'm lucky enough to live in a prime area for them and on hot days they pose very well. Look for them away from water in an adjacent meadow with dead stalks of last years vegetation. I find they are more approachable in this environment.
In flight shots are hard as water generally makes a poor and dark background. I admire those who do it but it's not for me, yet.
The best tip I can give is avoid confused backgrounds if you can. A lone perch gives a uniformed coloured and blurred background but it's not always possible.
I hope that's of use
Thanks Chris that was useful. I use the Canon 100 USM - non stabilised 2.8 on an 18MB sensor allowing crops - although the Macro is a 1:1 so why I crop is a mystery even to me. Its great for Butterflies allowing a couple of feet leeway and also is a fast Portrait lens It has a min working distance of about 8 inches and can be a wee bit soft at those distances . ISO 400 is what I use anything else can be noisy but allows the faster shutter I go for the infamous Sunnyside Rule Tv 400 at ISO 400 at F16 but invariably cracks out at a Shutter of 250 or 320 . The 60 mm Macro Lens is also a great unit but good for super macro close up and small DOF. Good for insect eyes or other close up planar stuff
I note your Nikon Macro is VR great set up Canon have introduced the IS version of the 100mm 2.8 - I have nt tried it . I'd like a Maro Ring Flash but that would be a Lottery Job:-) and this season I'm trying the Ringlight - Half Left Half Right Full On etc abot 48 Blue LEDS can help pull out the stops in the shade on sunny days and cheap 31 pounds
You get a much higher shuutter shooting into Blue Skies on Spot Focus as you say
Best Wishes & Happy Shooting
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