It rained heavily in the afternoon. I went out to shoot waterdrops in the garden at dusk after the rain had stopped. This dragonfly was sitting on an Iris, and I shot to my heart’s content!

I used the 200mm f/4 Nikkor macro lens with a 36mm extension tube. I exposed manually at 1/5 of a second and f/14 at ISO 320. I boosted the ISO slightly (to 320) so I could use a shorter duration shutter speed, and chose my aperture (f/14) so that the dragonfly was sharp but the background was nicely out-of-focus, giving the illusion of more apparent sharpness than if I had stopped down all the way.

Obviously, this is a tripod shot.

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