Common Whitetail Skimmer Basking

Summer is almost here and the dragonflies and damselflies are starting to appear. Here are some shots of a Common Whitetail Skimmer, showing the chalky bluish white abdomen and the transparent wings with black bands. The sun was shining through the wings highlighting the wings and the hairs on its back. It kept taking off to get an insect for a meal and returning to the same warm rock to finish the meal. 

_43G7516 Common Whitetail Skimmer

Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS f/4 lens, Canon 25mm Extension tube, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO 640

_43G7483 v2Common Whitetail Skimmer

Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS f/4 lens, Canon 25mm Extension tube, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter,

 

 

_43G7536 v2 Common Whitetail Skimmer

Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonfly Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO IS f/4 lens, Canon 25mm Extension tube, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter,

 

When using an extension tube with a long telephoto lens for closer focusing, try putting the extension tube between the lens and the teleconverter. This will allow to focus closer than if you put the extension tube between the teleconverter and the body of the camera. Also if you want to go to extremes, try this combination for closer focusing and it actually enlarges the image a little more. First the telephoto lens, then a 25mm or longer extension tube, then the teleconverter (1.4X) then another 20-25mm extension tube. It works quite well, but you loose auto exposure, so judge your exposure by looking at your histogram. I also usually use a better beamer on a flash foe some fill light with that setup. Remember to try experimenting with different options and see what works best for you and your lens combination.

 

 

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