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Today, for the first time the whole summer, I finally spotted a dragonfly! A male Ruddy Darter who posed for several minutes on the grass. To say I was happy is a huge understatement, I was so thrilled I could barely hold my camera still!

Top: f/4 – 1/100 – ISO 200 – 60

Bottom: f/8 – 1/60 – ISO 800 – 60

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34 responses

  1. Birgitta Moberg

    Jättefina, suveräna bilder

    Skickat från min iPhone

    15 sep 2012 kl. 20:32 skrev “caleephotography” :

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    September 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

  2. Fantastic photos. Your patience certainly paid off. Well Done!!

    September 15, 2012 at 6:38 PM

  3. Great shots! He is a handsome one.
    ~ Wendy

    September 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    • Thanks so much, Wendy! I fully agree, he’s a real looker 🙂

      September 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

  4. Great pictures!! It almost looks like your presence hypnotized him.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    • Thank you!! Maybe he wondered what I was doing 😉 He sat very still until a large dog came running towards us, then he took off so fast I didn’t even see him move.

      September 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      • How close are you from your subject like this damselfly? I use a Canon Photoshop. Of course I think it’s the condition of my mind at the time that makes the difference subject acceptance.

        September 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

        • I saw him flying around and when he sat down on the grass, I laid down (a few meters away) and slowly moved closer until I was so close that my lens hood almost touched him.

          September 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

          • I’ll have to try your method. I wear drab colored clothes and sneak as close as I can.

            September 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

            • In my (very limited) experience, dragonflies and damselflies are not so sensitive to colors but they react very fast to movements. So if you move slowly, you can get very close! It’s also easier to move straight on (front or back) rather than from the side.

              September 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM

              • Thanks, I hadn’t thought about being more difficult moving in from the side.

                September 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

  5. Therese

    He is so beautiful! Fantastic job!

    September 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

  6. Hey! Good for you….a cracking shot and no doubt the first of many to come.
    I always find that when I go out Dragon hunting, I get to the spot where I suspect there is like to be some action and sit down quietly and ‘get my eye in’. I find it takes a while for one’s eyes to become adjusted to spotting and following small things flying around you in the air. Once you get your eyes used to the focal distance one is able to follow the subject quite easily, even though they may be flying very fast. You can then follow it and watch to see if it lands where it is accessible for you.

    September 16, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    • Thanks so much, Mark! You’re absolutely right, I usually do that when I’m looking for damselflies. It takes a while to ‘get my eye in’ and just walking around doesn’t do. They’re so small and easy to miss. The dragonfly was bigger and bright red, so easier to spot. I was just lucky he landed close to where I was! 🙂

      September 16, 2012 at 6:37 AM

  7. Heart To Harp

    Great shot! Do you wonder what you looked like to the dragonfly through those compound eyes?!?

    September 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    • Thanks so much! I was so close and my lens is quite big (in relation to the dragonfly) so I suspect he was looking at his own reflection. Maybe admiring his own beauty? 🙂

      September 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM

  8. The Jagged Man

    Is it acceptable to use the word “Cool” in a comment? Well. whether it is or not, that is one cool dragonfly! Nice camera work!

    September 16, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    • Of course it’s acceptable, he’s one cool looker that’s for sure! 🙂 Thanks so much!

      September 16, 2012 at 6:41 AM

  9. Really nice

    September 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

  10. Beautiful shot!!

    September 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

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  12. The top one is a top shot…:0)

    September 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    • Thanks Mark! yes that’s the one I like best too.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

  13. Nice, up-close photos of this dragonfly. I was not aware that one could tell whether it was a male or female. My knowledge about these insects is, of course, almost zero.
    BTW, as it seems you know a lot about dragonflies, let me ask you something. In one of the photos I made of dragonflies (posted on my blog July, 18) there were several tiny, black, shinny spheres adhering to the body of the insect. Could it be eggs, some sort of parasite, something else? Do you know what they are? Thanks

    September 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    • Thanks Carlos! I must confess, I’m in no way an expert of dragonflies. The reason why I could tell the one in this post is a male is because he’s bright red and the female is more yellow-brownish. Your picture of the damselfly (not dragonfly) is very nice! I’m not sure what the “balls” are, but I’m pretty sure it’s not eggs. Normally, the female damselfly lays her eggs in water immediately after mating.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      • Hi again,
        Thanks for the correction. Now I know it’s a damselfly, not a dragonfly (feeling sheepish…). Will update the post. So, it’s not eggs. The mystery remains.

        September 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        • Maybe you can ask thedragonflywoman.com, she knows a lot about these critters! 🙂 I hope she knows what it is, now I’m curious as well!

          September 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

  14. The detail you have captured here is wonderful!

    September 18, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    • Thanks a million! It’s my first dragonfly pictures, I was just so happy to see one! And capture on camera 🙂

      September 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

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