Hold That Pose
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Location: all my flying dragons were shot at Andree Clark Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara, there are reeds 6-7' tall along the lake, at this one spot there is an opening to get to a small viewing dock with a bench at the edge of the lake. The reeds form a wall on three sides of the dock and I can sit on the bench and have 8-10' of space around me on three sides to shoot. September is the best time of year, you can get some nice warm days with no fog. 9 to 11 am is the best time of day for activity and light.
Species: there are several species of dragons around the lake, this is the only one that will come visit. They will actually HOVER right in front of you, not perfectly still, but with enough shutter speed you can get some very sharp images.
Equipment: I used a Canon 400D & 100/400L IS lens, Aperture Priority, AV 5.6 to 7.1, EC -1/3, any lens in the 300 to 400mm range would work, you might get some shots with a macro lens but have more of a chance with the big lens. No tripod, although a mono pod would be needed for any lens bigger than the one I used. A tripod would be worthless in this location.
The minimum focal length on my lens is 5.5' which is perfect, most of the time they were 6-7' away, which gave me a wall of reeds 3-4' behind them. I used auto focus as manual focus would be too hard shooting hand held. If I missed the focus on the first try, instead of the lens going to infinity and losing the dragon altogether, it hit the reeds and I could sill see a blurry dragon and usually got it on the second try.....not really as hard as it looks
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This one got the blues:-)
Good in flight image.
- [2008-01-15 7:51]
Impressive capture of this dragonfly. Good pose, and some great blue eyes. Very sharp detailed. nice blurry BG. Thanks for the note. That's what i need. You tell us how to make a piece of art like this;) Well done!
Nice image. DOF, color and lighting are all good. Good sharp focus. Thanks for the informative note for photographing these insects.
- [2008-01-15 8:06]
Striking blue eyes that contrast well with the warm coloured background.
Must be difficult to focus on a flying insect that comes towards you.
well done and TFS and thanks for the info about how to do it.
This is awesome to catch the d-fly in flight with excellent details on the head. Lovely color and well managed depth. I like it.
Nice action shot!
- [2008-01-16 7:04]
bella acción y color...
- [2008-09-22 15:49]
another perfect in flight photo.
this again i think is Blue-eyed Darner (Aeshna multicolor) (male).