Blue Dasher Coming in to Land

Spent some time at my pond shooting Dragonflies & Damselflies. The Blue Dashers are increasing in numbers, darting all around the pond. They spend a lot of the time catching bugs for their meals. Once they catch one they return to a grass or tree branch to eat. I was practicing shooting them in flight and thought that waiting for them to come back to a grass they just left to catch their meal might work. So far it seems like it works, but still need more practice. They are quick and you almost have to predict their movement before they move. They seem to perch more horizontally, either on flat surface or a tip of a grass or branch.

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Blue Dasher on a horizontal grass. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO f/4 IS lens, 20mm Canon extension tube, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/2000 sec, -1.33 exposure compensation, Fill Flash with Better Beamer Flash Extender @ -1.3 exposure comp, high speed flash sync., ISO 1250

_43G1520 yd pond blue dasher v1

Blue Dasher on a bent grass. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO f/4 IS lens, 20mm Canon extension tube, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/2000 sec, -1.33 exposure compensation, Fill Flash with Better Beamer Flash Extender @ -1.3 exposure comp, high speed flash sync., ISO 1250

_43G1486 yd pond blue dasher v3 hp

Blue Dasher on a broken grass. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO f/4 IS lens, 20mm Canon extension tube, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/2000 sec, -1.33 exposure compensation, Fill Flash with Better Beamer Flash Extender @ -1.3 exposure comp, high speed flash sync., ISO 1250

 

_43G0730 blur dasher pond v2

Blue Dasher on a vertical grass, shot through grasses in front of Dragonfly to add strips of color. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO f/4 IS lens, 20mm Canon extension tube, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/7.1, 1/60 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 640

_43G0940 yard blue dasher v2

_43G1475 yd pond blue dasher v1

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