Angela Chan  


Damselflies in love by Angela Chan

August 2019 - Damselflies in love

About the Image(s)

I have really enjoy my insect shooting this summer. Flying bees, butterflies, dragonflies and this month's title
"Damselflies in love".

Here I used my Sony A 6000 200 mm telephoto lens... I do have a macro lens for this camera but I find the 18 to 200 mm lens much easier than the fixed focal length of the macro lens for insects (1/200 sec, ISO 400, f/8).

Damselflies have always been at the limit of this lens but it served me well this time.

I had the choice of leaving the green background or darkening the green in HSL in Lightroom. Finally I chose the darker version although the dark part of the stomach does not show up well.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Oscar Pung   Oscar Pung
The combination of blues and greens is very nice here Angela. I find it interesting that the damselfly abdomens combine to form a heart. It must be love.

I wonder if increasing the f-stop would have brought those delicate wings more into focus?
  Posted: 08/07/2019 16:34:24

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The heart shaped abdomens are really interesting and a good capture. I'm thinking that you might want to bring down the highlights as the Damselfly looks a bit bright. I applaud your motivation for insect shooting. Not a subject I enjoy - maybe I saw too many movies where they grew to absurd sizes and came after us!   Posted: 08/09/2019 16:55:29

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
Great scene and wonderful capture. I am not bothered by the presentation of the wings, but that is just my personal view. I do feel that the image is a bit overexposed. This is somewhat evident in the bight washed out areas of the twigs and most evident in the dragon flies. The abdomens are so bright that there appears do be a considerable amount of distortion at the edges. Its difficult to determine if the blue and dark edges on the white abdomens are real or part of the image distortion, and as such are distracting.

Perhaps a faster shutter speed or wider aperture might help you some here.
  Posted: 08/16/2019 15:53:02

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
(Group 73)
Great capture, althought the Damselflies might have not enjoyed it. I know how difficult is to guess the perfect time/f stop/ISO combination when you work in the nature and usually don't even have more than seconds. In such cases I prefer to take 5-6 photos all with different exposure combinations, then in the post processing I work out the best one.   Posted: 08/19/2019 01:03:26

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you very much for all your comments.
I enjoy insect photography because it is interactive on top of showing us sights that we do not usually see clearly.
It is also a great challenge because the models do not pose to our order . I frequently laugh when I see comments that a flying subject is not 100 % in focus. Unless the subject is in exactly the same plane as the camera , the chance of getting the subject completely in focus is very very small, let alone one that you cannot pre-focus and anticipate its path . This one is slightly better but the 2 sets of wings might not be parallel to each other. I took lots of shots because it is very hard to see the final outcome until I can see the playback in camera . Damsel flies are at the minimum size that my camera can handle. At the same time , we cannot choose the background so a very large depth of field might make the background too cluttered. ( We can only make global editing in our Nature category for our competition within our club ).
Hope to find another camera that can focus closer quickly soon.
Thank you very much for your tips .   Posted: 08/26/2019 09:19:08