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Damselflies attracted to our pond

This has been a good year for damselflies at our pond, which is now well established in its third summer. We have seen several husks left behind by newly emerged critters but have always been just to late to see the actual emergence It has been very enjoyable watching their behaviour and trying to capture some images. Here are three shots, two of mating pairs, the third of one resting on a flower. It was a little unfortunate with the first semi-silhouette shot that they posed with one partially obscured but trying to move to the right would have caused DOF problems as the pair would no longer have been perpendicular to me.







The first two taken with E-M1ii + MMF-3 + EC-20 + Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro, the third with a similar set-up but using the EC-14 rather than the EC-20. All processed in Darktable for minor adjustments of levels etc., and a square crop for the first shot.

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Re: Damselflies attracted to our pond

They are lovely shots which allow us to share their world on an appropriate level. I have watched large reds mating and ovipositing but like you never seen emergence. Of all of the damsels they are one of my favourites. The colour works so well against a natural sunlit green like in shot number two.
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Re: Damselflies attracted to our pond

Lovely shaded greens and nice reflection - #1 is outstanding.
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Re: Damselflies attracted to our pond

Beautiful captures. #1 is my fave too.
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Re: Damselflies attracted to our pond

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Here are three shots, two of mating pairs, the third of one resting on a flower. It was a little unfortunate with the first semi-silhouette shot that they posed with one partially obscured but trying to move to the right would have caused DOF problems as the pair would no longer have been perpendicular to me.
They are the Large Red. The close-up is a female.

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Re: Damselflies attracted to our pond

Many thanks for the kind comments and the ID

The large reds were by far the most abundant, three pairs mating simultaneously at times, but there were also some blue/green ones (male/female?) in smaller numbers. The first two shots were taken as close to the pond level as I could get so I was laid on my side with the camera in portrait orientation. Quite a strain on the neck but I'm pleased with the results and will have another go, nature permitting, next year.

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The first two shots were taken as close to the pond level as I could get so I was laid on my side with the camera in portrait orientation. Quite a strain on the neck but I'm pleased with the results and will have another go, nature permitting, next year.
Discomfort can be a major feature of macro, cold wet knees being one option.

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