Dragonflies are an excellent creature to photograph.
They spend a great deal of time sitting around, if you find them in the late afternoon, which makes focus & depth of field adjustment a lot easier.
Taking shots of them helped me discover what my camera gear is capable of & eased me into adjusting settings on the fly. (Let’s just pretend I didn’t make that pun, ok?)
It took me longer than I’d like to get the shots I wanted, but it was worth it for the camera knowledge & the final result.
As with every other shoot, after six months I wish I could go back, do it better & faster.
Spotted this one on the clothes line.
Back at work I assume, since they generally prefer to rest in the shade.
I hadn’t noticed the colour panels in their wings until I got this close in the sunlight.
My depth of field was a little off, so I didn’t get all of the wings or tail in focus.
Decided to keep the shot, since the definition of the body is great.
And how about that eyeball!
Getting appropriate lighting levels without any lighting gear was the biggest challenge here.
This guy was relaxing on a clothes line just outside the back door. That’s part of a wooden hat stand in the background.