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


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


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.

DSC_2593r107   DSC_2594r107

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.



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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