Damsels and Butterfly Through Tamron SP 180mm

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Harold Gough
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Damsels and Butterfly Through Tamron SP 180mm

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Having seen some very nice dragonflies in my garden yesterday, I went to my favourite riverside meadow, with the intent of shooting some with my Tamron 35th Anniversary Edition SP 180mm lens. It is not a macro lens but I expected it to be good for dragonflies.

I saw only one dragonfly and too briefly to even raise my camera. Blue damselflies were abundant so I tried the lens on them at, or about, its closest working distance of about 4 feet/120cm.

I can't call this a test of the lens, as it was hand-held and there was a gusting breeze throughout. It was a realistic test of its use under typical field conditions.

In each case I show the full image, then the same image dropped to my preference.

Mating damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum (centre of lens), on stinging nettles, f8 1/320 ISO 200. The female appears to be the homeochrome (andromorph) form:

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Crop:

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Small White butterfly Pieris rapae (edge of lens). f8 1/125 ISO 200:

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I believe the lens performed much as I expected.

Harold
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Post by naturalmente »

Good composition in the second

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Post by Harold Gough »

Thanks.

I take that to mean the first crop. The full image was rather a keyhole shot and I did what I could with that.

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