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An Eight-Spotted Skimmer dragonfly, seen in Stanley Park in Vancouver

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17 responses

  1. Gorgeous Calee! I do love dragonflies.

    October 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

  2. Wonderful detail and colors…..I too love dragonflies.

    October 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    • I don’t know how you manage to capture them flying! I struggle even when they sit perfectly still.. 🙂

      October 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      • Catching them flying is mostly luck and persistence. Occasionally things come together and I get an ok shot.

        October 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

  3. solarbeez

    Nice shot. I’d like to ask how you got the focus. Both of of my digital cameras have auto-focus which works great 95% of the time. But I’ve tried to focus on a small object (like a dragonfly perched on a twig) and the focus blurs in and out trying to find something to lock on. Manual focus on a digital camera takes a long time. I like the old hand focus in this case. How do you manage it???

    October 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    • Thanks Solarbeez! If memory serves, you have a PS SX50, right? It’s not ideal for macro shots but can capture small insects nicely anyway. In my experience it doesn’t focus that good when in “macro” mode, you get better result in “manual” mode and set the parameters yourself.

      October 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      • solarbeez

        You’ve got a great memory. Yes, I’m using the SX-50. You’re right, it’s not that great in macro mode. I took a bunch of close-ups today of bees on ivy. I used the Canon only because the battery was depleted in my little pocket camera with the “super macro” option. All my great close-ups were blurry. I’ll have to read up on how to manually focus the SX-50. I’m not sure how to do it. Does your 60D have a good manual focus? I’d like to be able to ‘twist the lens’ to get the focus, but that’s probably not possible with the digital type cameras.

        October 16, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        • When you talk about good macro pictures, I think a good lens is more important. This is something you can’t change on your PS, but you can still take fairly good macro shots with it. Try to use a high aperture, for example, I’ve taken pictures of insects, snails and other small creatures with an f/4 with my PS. Good luck! 🙂

          October 16, 2013 at 6:02 PM

  4. Beautiful.

    October 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

  5. Very nice Calee. You would have a ball photograping dragon flies in my butterfly garden. They are all over the area. Probably because I water the plants a lot- first year plantings that require more upkeep to get them established. I don’t remember seeing so many dragonflies in years past.

    October 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    • Thanks Yvonne! I heard a lot of people say there were unusually many dragonflies around this year in North America. Over here, I think we had the usual amount. I’m sure I’d love to spend a day in your garden. 🙂

      October 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

  6. When were you in Stanley Park, Vancouver? You were in my neighbourhood! A wonderful photograph!!!

    The Dragon-fly

    By Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Today I saw the dragon-fly
    Come from the wells where he did lie.
    An inner impulse rent the veil
    Of his old husk: from head to tail
    Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
    He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
    Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
    A living flash of light he flew.

    October 8, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    • Thanks Rebecca! Yes, I spent a few days in Vancouver before I went to Alaska. It’s a great city, and Stanley Park is my favourite place there. 🙂

      October 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

  7. super shot!! 🙂

    October 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

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