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Dragonfly and Damselfly Photos 2019

Southern Damselfly, Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon

14 June 2019

Keen to continue my focus stacking (FS) experiments, I tried this site in a brief brighter interlude. The conditions were however hardly ideal for FS, with a gusty wind blowing the vegetation around.

I took several sequences of these tiny subjects, and for some the movement was too great for the the software, but for a few it was amazing how well it coped with considerable shifts from one image to the next.
Southern Damselfly, Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon

14 June 2019

This is a more extreme example of the power FS, where over 20 different shots were needed to cover the whole damselfly.

I wonder, on a still sunny day, what can be achieved?
Hairy Dragonfly, Roman Road, Otmoor, Oxon

8 June 2019

In the strong wind, only the Roman Road provided some shelter.

Note the large depth of field on this photo - my first experiment at focus stacking, using my newly acquired Helicon FB tube. Looking at the full res image at 1:1 magnification, it seems to have worked remarkably well with both wing tips sharp, despite the slight movements that occurred during the taking of this sequence.
Hairy Dragonfly, Roman Road, Otmoor, Oxon

8 June 2019

The view from above using the same Focus Stacking method.
Four spotted Chaser, Faringdon Folly Park Pond, Oxon

30 May 2019

This male briefly obliged in the reeds on the near side of the pond.

  Clubtail, Barton Field, Abingdon, Oxon

16 May 2019

The season off to a good start! Imagine my surprise when I saw this just ahead of me by the side of the narrow path by the fishing pool! It even stayed put for a reasonable length of time, to allow several photos to be taken.

A side view on a level with it.

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  Clubtail, Barton Field, Abingdon, Oxon

16 May 2019

See above. The view from above.

 
Azure Damselfly, Barton Field, Abingdon, Oxon

16 May 2019

Near to the fishing pond, which had both Hairy Dragonfly and Downy Emerald over it, but they never settled for a photo.
Clubtail exuvia, Goring, Oxon

16 May 2019

No sign of any adults here, but there were 6 exuviae on the concrete river wall under the railway bridge. This was the most accessible for photography. No exuviae anywhere else between here and Goring village, that I could find.
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