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The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher

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Four-spotted skimmerf/9.5, 1/90 s, ISO 160, 300mm, modest fill flash

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Macro Photography in Nature

Photographing dragonflies is not an easy task. As soon as you catch sight of them, they flit about with breathtaking speed in a whirl of motion. That was my experience on the day I captured this image while shooting at a pond in a botanical garden. I already had a few successful pictures of dragonflies under my belt for the day, and I had just packed up my equipment when I noticed this four-spotted skimmer resting on a rather tall plant. By the time I reassembled my tripod, got my camera out, and attached my 300mm telephoto macro lens, the dragonfly ...

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