Rainbows and Dragonflies

September 23, 2009
Rainbows and Dragonflies

1/200sec @ f/5.6
55mm, ISO200, 0ev
Evaluative Metering, No flash
Nikon D300, AF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6

This was taken one sunny day at a cottage on Little Silver Lake, Ontario. I kept getting closer and closer to the dragonfly trying to get it as big as possible in the frame yet still keeping sharp focus. I would like to call it a macro photograph but as I have stated in an earlier post the reproduction ratio really needs to be closer to 1:1. For this a dedicated macro lens is needed (for which I am eternally saving up for!). Either way this is as close to macro as I can get with my 18-55mm Nikkor. I think the lens is the cheapest AF Nikkor you can buy, it also has one of the closest focusing distances of any of the Nikon line-up. It came as standard with the Nikon D40 (probably the best amateur DSLR ever – I am obviously biased in that I owned one).

The coloured background is due to a beach towel hanging over the deck siding. It makes what could be a very boring (colour-wise) photo into something a little different. One rule of thumb when taking any photograph is make sure you compose the shot with full knowledge of what is in the background. The background can truly make or break a photograph. If you can set up the camera before your subject gets there, and make sure you background is perfect, then do so. All you have to do then is wait for the bug, bird, person, bear etc. come into the frame. This way you only have to concentrate on the subject as you know your background is ready to rock!

  1. Cathy Graham says:

    I love the dragonfly and how the details of its front body just pop out and the back recedes. I was wondering if you put that colour in but you say it’s a towel. Very creative and the positive/negative space of the composition works really well. Another winner!

  2. admin says:

    Hi Cathy – Thanks very much for all the comments – keep them coming!

    As for the photo in this post – The colour is all from the beach towel in the background – nothing was added in post production. The blur is from the wider aperture and therefore shallow depth of field.

    Thanks again.

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