We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to look for dragonflies and what ever else we could find. I have looked for dragonflies early in the morning covered with dew for years, but have not found any so far. To our surprise we found one on this morning. Unfortunately it was very windy plus in the shade. It was not warm enough for the Halloween Pennant to fly, so we had a great photo subject that was not going anywhere for a while. Being in the shade the light was terrible and with the wind it was blowing back and forth. I had to raise the ISO to 2000 and still only had a shutter speed of 1/125th sec @ f/8 with a 150mm Sigma macro. Hand holding the camera, I tried shooting quite a few series of different focus points to combine later in a stacked photoshop file with sharpest ones to combine for one sharp image. I shot quite a few bursts as it was blowing around. Being late in the season this dragonfly showed a lot of wear, damaged wings, pieces missing, etc. The one wing was even bent at an odd angle so I left that section with a little softer focus. With the way the wind was blowing I was surprised I got as much as I did. Not perfect but it was still fun to try.
Thanks! They are always fun to photograph up close.
Amazing shots! I hadn’t even thought of dew on a dragon, but you caught one!
Thanks! Except for being really windy, they are easier to photograph because they cannot fly off yet. They have to wait to warm up and dry off some before they can fly. This day was really windy so it was difficult to photograph and combine images for extended depth of field.
Absolutely stunning images, the type I aspire to. Regards Brian.
Thanks Brian, it is fun to try to get the most out of what you find. Plus the more you try, the better you get with predictable results!