Recent Dragonfly Images

Here are a few images of Dragonflies and a Damselfly from a few local parks in our area. Most were shot with a close focusing 300mm f/4 lens with either extension tubes to get closer or 1.4X or 2X teleconverter. A few I used a Canon 400mm f/4 DO with Extension tubes and 1.4X teleconverter. The featured image is a female Eastern Pondhawk that was quite cooperative for extreme closeups. Image taken with Canon 7D, handheld, 300mm @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400.

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Blue Dasher extreme closeup – 2 image focus stack Canon 7D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS, 1.4X teleconverter, w/extension tubes

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Blue Dasher extreme closeup – 2 image focus stack Canon 7D, Canon 300mm f/4 IS, 1.4X teleconverter, w/extension tubes (f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 400)

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Damselfly – multi image stack, 400mm f/4 DO with extension tubes, f/8, 1/50 sec, 1600 ISO, camera on tripod


Female Eastern Pondhawk- f/11, 1/320 sec, 300mm f/4 w/ 1.4X teleconverter

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Slaty Blue Dragonfly, f/11, 1/160 sec, +1/3 exp. comp, 300mm w/ 2X teleconverter, Single image, flew off before focus stacking images

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Slaty Blue Dragonfly, f/10, 1/320 sec, 300mm w/1.4X teleconverter, effective 420mm

Dragonflies From Davidson’s Mill Pond Park

We went to a local park to look for Dragonflies or other investing subjects to photograph. It seems like it is a slow start for dragonflies at this local park compared to other years. But we did manage to photograph a few different types. It was still fun to see what we could find.


Blue Dasher – male


Eastern Pondhawk – Female


Eastern Pondhawk- Male


Common Whitetail- Male


Slaty Skimmer –  Male


Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Eastern Pondhawks are one of my favorite dragonflies to photograph. Love the green colors of the immature males and the mature females which make them really stand out. You often see the males warming on the ground early in the morning.

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Front Side View


More of a Side / Rear View 

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A wider view similar to featured image

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Closeup image of an Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly. It almost seems like it is smiling at you. It seems many of the dragonflies at this location are showing signs of “wear & tear” on their wings already. It seems early in the season for that. Usually you see this in late Summer. If you stay in an area for a while it seems like they get used to you and are not as skiddish or wary of you so you can get closer.

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Eastern Pondhawk at a distance. Three shot focus stacked image. 

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

We went to a local park looking for dragonflies. We found quite a few buzzing around. But most were quite far out of in the lilies. I setup with a 400mm lens with extension tubes and a 1.4X teleconverter to get closer to some that came closer along the shoreline. I really liked the coloring of the Easter Pondhawk. This one came quite close and stayed a while posing for me.






Eastern Pondhawk Warming on a Rock

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