Last Frame: Forest Defender

Outdoor Photography

Photo By Mattias Hammar

“This is the first macro shot that I was really happy with,” photographer Mattias Hammar of Gothenburg, Sweden, confides. “A blue damselfly defending the forest. The photo was taken beside a forest path close to a lake. When I passed, I saw 20 to 30 damsels buzzing in an area covered in tall green grass. I spent an hour failing to get a nice shot of these evasive models before this moment happened. I started to close in on this fellow who didn’t back down. While I was shooting, a light gust of wind brought a small straw in front of him. He reacted by using his legs to transfer it from right to left. I got a series of about 10 images. I was lucky to get the best focus and coolest pose in the same shot.”

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Sony a7R III, Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS. Exposure: 1/500 sec., ƒ/5, ISO 250.

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