Although they are not as skittish as dragonflies, damselflies present their own set of unique problems. They are very small and thin -the tail at its narrowest part can be no more than 2 millimeters thick (for those of you who are metric challenged: a millimeter is about the thickness of a U.S. dime
). Plus their bodies are very reflective, so using a flash can be difficult. Here are a few pointers to shooting them.
1) Diffuse your flash (if you use one) and get it as high above the damselfly as possible. If you are using Canon's MT-24 flash then turn off the "B" flash head -it's just at a bad angle and will cause a lot of glare.
2) If you are shooting in aperture or shutter priority and using the flash for fill then set the flash exposure compensation to at least -2. Flash exposure compensation in manual mode will take a little experimenting, since the level of flash under exposure will depend on the amount of available light. It's not a bad idea to start out at -1.
3) If you are using natural light as your primary light source then set your ISO to 200 or 400 to get a smaller aperture -you're going to need as much depth of field as possible. The eyes of a damselfly are huge compared to their tail, and it's not uncommon to get one in focus but not the other.
OK, enough of my rambling -on with the photos. No cropping and minimal post processing. In some of the images I've let the light and the aperture paint the background -and it was all done with the camera, not with Photoshop.
Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome