the first

By: Arjen Drost

May 16 2012

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Category: Dragonflies, nature, Photography


Focal Length:600mm
Shutter:1/1600 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Four-spotted Chaser

Normally I see the first dragonfly of the year somewhere in April. Well, often already in January or February, one of the Winter damsels, but the first fresh one that is. This year I saw the first one only in mid-May. After a nice, warm and sunny March, the temperature has dropped and the rain also dropped down… Not the best weather for dragonflies. That’s something those insects also thought, as they were hardly seen, especially not in the north of the Netherlands, where I live. Last weekend it was finally time to see the first ones. And a lot… After two days the count stopped at 18, not bad I would say. This Four-spotted Chaser was one of the first that would pose nicely for me. This is also the first season that I don’t have my 300mm f/4 lens anymore. I used this lens regularly for the larger dragonflies in order not to chase them away. This is the first I tried with my 300mm f/2.8 icm a 2x extender. It works remarkably well, even without a tripod. I’m happy we can start again!


3 comments on “the first”

  1. Lol I never heard that before, shooting damsels with 600mm. Nice Shot!

    • Thanks for the compliment. It works fine, shooting dragonflies with 600mm. The short focus distance is 2.5 meter and at that distance you don’t disturb the animals and still have the larger dragonflies almost frame filling (the above picture is not cropped).

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