A couple of images of Blue Dasher Dragonflies. The Featured Image of the male Blue Dasher was taken with a 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter @ f/8 on a Canon 1D mkIV. To get the smoother background I wanted I only stopped down 1 more f/stop to f/8 since I already lost 1 stop with the 1.4X Teleconverter attached. My usual workflow when (on bright days) using teleconverters for a little more sharpness is to stop down at least 1 additional stop when using a 1.4X and at least 2 stops when using a 2X teleconverter. If I am using a 3X Teleconverter I would stop down 1 or 2 more stops than when using a 2X Teleconverter if I could. But then again a 3X Teleconverter usually is so bad I would just stack a 1.4X & 2X teleconverter. If using an extension tube on Telephoto lenses to get closer focusing I would also stop down at least 1 or 2 more stops for more depth of field.
Nifty technique of using f/13; it enabled you to catch the wings behind the grass. Very nice photos!
Thanks so much Sam! The more you photograph Dragonflies you tend to come up with different ways to get the detail you want!!
Thanks so much Isabel! They are fun to photograph!
Great photos, Reed, looks like you’re having a great time with dragonflies!
Thanks Donna! They are some of my favorite photo subjects!
As always, stunning captures, Reed and thank you for sharing your technique!
Thanks Greta! It helps that they are fun to photograph!
Thanks so much Belinda!!
Love the obelisk pose in the first and the great capture of the eye in the third, Reed.
Thanks so much Steve! They are fun photo subjects! Plus if they don’t fly off you can try different ways to photograph them!!
Great shot and many thanks for the tips Reed.
Thanks so much! You are very welcome!