Dragonfly season will be coming up soon and hopefully we will be able to finally go to some local parks. Plus we usually see some in our yard. Towards the end of last year I was trying different techniques to photograph them. Some I used a longer exposure for blurred wings and/or blurred backgrounds. (Others I tried to really blur the backgrounds and keep the dragonfly sharp but against a smooth background using a wider open f/stop for less depth of field). The featured image & the first 2 below are slower shutter speeds with the camera on a tripod. Surprised that even at 1/160th or slightly above, of a second you get blurred wings when they are flying in or before takeoff. Shows how fast their wings are flapping. It also helps the blur, if the light is highlighting the wings, otherwise they can “disappear” into the background and looks like it has no wings. All images are with a 300mm, or 400mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.
Blurred Wings – Longer Exposure Series Below – (And the Featured Image)
Blurred & Smoother Background series below.