Seaside Dragonlet Dragonflies

These Seaside Dragonlet dragonfly images were from a previous trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. It is a little over a 3 hour trip, but is fun to find a few different types of Dragonflies besides the usual ones by my home. A good spot to photograph dragonflies is around the main observation platform near the start of  the Wildlife Drive. It has a long ramp instead of stairs to the main platform. So there are many dragonflies all around the platform. Plus easy access to dragonflies in the plants along the ramp sides. Another spot is the wooded area along the Wildlife Drive that has some water on both sides of the Drive. But dragons along here seem to move around much more and do not stay in one place long. The featured image is a male Seaside Dragonlet. Because of the angle, I shot 4 handheld images at different focus points. When adjusting my files I loaded the 4 images into 1 layered Photoshop file. Then I aligned the layers and then blended the layers for the final base file. All images were taken with a Canon 300mm f/4 lens with a Canon 1.4x teleconverter & Canon 7D.

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Screen Grab showing the final finished merged Layer and below that what Photoshop chose as the sharpest areas on each layer. 

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Female Seaside Dragonlet Dragonfly

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Male Seaside Dragonlet Dragonfly

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Female Seaside Dragonlet

11 Comments on “Seaside Dragonlet Dragonflies

  1. This is a species that I have not seen before, Reed, and your shots are wonderful. Thanks too for including the screen shot of what the merged file looked like in Photoshop. It give me a better idea of what I need to do if I want to create a similar type image from multiple shots.

    • Thanks Mike! Once you do a few it just gets very easy to do. Usually dragonflies at rest on a branch, etc. do not move too much. So it usually works well. If it does move a little it can usually be cloned out. Or if it is a change in head position or slight wing position you could “erase” the head or wing” you do not like on that layer.😊 I am not that great at teaching or explaining techniques, but I try!

      • Thanks. I think I basically understand the process. Now I just have to remember to take a series of photos so I can test the procedure.

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