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June 1, 2014 - 27 went

Mission to photograph Bald Eagles at Millenium Park--along with other wildlife

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Added by Bill L.
on Jun 2, 2014.


  • Bill L.

    One of my winged subjects that I "captured". As far as I can determine it is Ischnura verticalis, common name Eastern Forktail Damsel Fly.

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  • Diane O.

    I am impressed Bill. I was trying to get a shot of a dragon fly all evening with no success and you got a great one of the Damsel fly that appears to be posing for you.

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  • Bill L.

    They are very difficult to get in focus. 1) They don't like posing. 2) They will land inside "safe zones" (lots of grasses around them. 3) They are very long so it is difficult to get the full length in focus. I am using the largest depth of field I can. I have found more success lately on skittish insects by bringing my camera up to my face and then moving in on the bug. As you can imagine, this can bring up some other problems: focal point of my setup begins at 6 inches so I can't even begin to see the bug in the lens when I begin, moving plants near the insect and scaring it away, and the worst, losing my balance as I move forward so that I fall on my face. I have been practicing for about 5 years now.

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  • David B.

    Great shot Bill!

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