A cloudy but warming Sunday afternoon and a visit to the nearby Ramsdown Nature Reserve, which proved enjoyable as there were several dragonflies about, including the Golden-ringed Dragonfly shown in this post. Others that I saw were some Scarce Chasers, an Emperor and damselflies.
The Stag, of the post title is a Lesser Stag Beetle that I saw at the edge of the heather. As the beetle was in surroundings that would of made a larger depth of field shot messy in the background, coupled with the light being poor (and I had traveled light without a flash gun) where it was I decided to stack the beetle handheld at a wide aperture (F4). The images, I then later stacked in Photoshop CC. I am fairly pleased with the resulting image.
11 Shot Stack of a Lesser Stag Beetle. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. 11 Shots at ISO 400 F4 1/100 in Natural Light.
As mentioned the Drag – is a Dragonfly – the aforementioned Golden-ringed. Both these images have a slight defect – the first having a grass blade slightly in the foreground, and the closer one cuts the wing tips off. Something to try to put right next time I get to take one.
Golden-ringed Dragonfly. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F5.6 1/200 in Natural Light.
Golden-ringed Dragonfly closer up. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F5.6 1/200 in Natural Light.
And finally, I also saw and shot the first Emerald Damselfly that I’ve seen this year.
Emerald Damselfly. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F4.5 1/160 in Natural Light.
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