Usually it's watching where the critters land. They're near impossible to catch in open flight - the bigger dragonflies can reach 30-35 mph - but you might catch them landing if you're sitting ready.Great photos, I love macro shots.
Hope I'm not going to steer your thread off in a direction you don't want, but I just wanted to ask you and others how you get these fabulous shots. Do you sit and wait, hoping a Dragonfly will land on the leaf you've focused on? I'd really love to capture sharp shots like this but I find it so difficult and yet macro photography is probably my favourite type of photography.
I tried to take some pictures of some honey bees buzzing around some lavender the other day, and they were either out of focus of only half the bee was in frame.
I have some macro tubes to fit my minolta 50mm f1.4 lens, is this a good place to start, or should I really be looking into buying a proper macro lens.
The blue dasher was almost tame. It would sit on the warm aloe leaf and sort of pose. I could just sit there and shoot as many hundreds of shots as I needed to get it right. And I could put the front element of the lens way in close. Had to take the lens hood off for some of the shots. Every now and then it would spot something small and tasty and it would dash off, have it's snack, and return. We have a very bug rich environment around here. The green darner was more skittish, but sitting still would usually lure one of them in. Dragonflies like sun and heat. I remember long ago rowing for a few hours way up on the Hudson River. I had a dragonfly perched on my nose looking up at me for about 2 hours, never really moving.Steve,
I love the way you did these.....really a beautiful presentation....
anxious minds wanna know.....
YES! If you only learn one trick, this is it. Even way stopped down you have only a small DOF to work with. Pros often work on tripods with precise moving racks and sometimes double racks for movement in two dimensions. But that's almost always way over the top for near macro insect photography. Nice for studio macro, though.Further thought, sometimes easier to rock the camera backwards and forwards to bring things into focus rather than trying to adjust the lens.
Wow, that is quite something!Dragonflies like sun and heat. I remember long ago rowing for a few hours way up on the Hudson River. I had a dragonfly perched on my nose looking up at me for about 2 hours, never really moving.