Dragonflies and a foot with the V1 and 55-200mm combination

This is still one of my favorite shooting combinations for my morning walk.  I generally put the V1 with the FT-1 and Nikkor 55-200mm over my shoulder and carry the SB-N7 flash and a Raynox 150 achromat close-up lens in a small fanny pack.  I don’t always need the closeup equipment because of the native capabilities of the 55-200mm.  Here are two dragonflies taken without the closeup gear.  The red one is a Roseate Skimmer – Orthemis ferruginea

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and this second one is a Four-spotted Pennant – Brachymesia gravida

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The Nikkor 55-200mm VR allows me to pretty much fill the frame with the dragonfly and include a little bit of the environment.  The lens offers a decent minimum focus distance of 1.1 meters (3.6 feet).  This means that I can stand and take a picture of the ground or anything on it.  To show you what that means in terms of Field of View, I actually did just that.

Here are two incredibly uninteresting pictures of the toe of my US Size 10.5 shoe that I took just to show the FOV of the lens at 55 and 200mm respectively.

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If anyone is really interested, they can click on any of the images above for a larger view.  I would recommend doing so with the dragonflies.  The shoes, not so much.

 

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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