In Mid Air

By: Arjen Drost

Jun 13 2011

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Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:380mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/640 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Green-eyed Hawker in flight

Most dragonflies spent most of their time in the air. However, most dragonfly pictures are of resting dragonflies. Easy to explain of course as it’s quite difficult to take a picture of a dragonfly in flight. But if you take some time it is doable. Certain species, like this Green-eyed Hawker, are less difficult as others. These hawkers patrol their territory and have specific routes. If you observe them for a while, you might find certain patterns and see at which places they hover for a while. If you place yourself near one of those places, they might give you a second or so to focus and take the picture. In cases like this I try to focus manually and let the autofocus do the last bit. And then it takes a lot of luck, patience and bad pictures to come go one good one. It is something I don’t to a lot, but with this much hawkers nearby I wanted to give it a try.

3 comments on “In Mid Air”

  1. Stunning pic!! Well worth the effort and undoubtably time.

  2. Absolutely amazing. I’m not a photographer so I’m not aware of what kind of effort goes into a shot like this but I can imagine it’s fairly intensive. Beautiful.

  3. never photographed dragonflies before but i tried one this weekend and all i did was turn my camera off and on (was low on battery) so i can understand what getting this shot might have involved..an action shot is way better than the sitting one… congratulations !!


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