I love dragonflies. I have dragonfly things around the house and if you want to read a wonderful story Google ‘the Dragonfly Story’. When I first put this site up I was trying to figure out a place for a small dragonfly in the logo (I will get it in soon!).
Dragonflies are actually pretty friendly and much to my surprise they were not as hard to capture as I thought they may be.
The boys were fishing and we had a very friendly dragonfly come over for a visit. I had my 24-70 lens and put my settings on:
ISO on 400 because I wanted to be able to make my shutter faster to freeze the action of the fast wings.
f stop 3.5 because I wanted a blurry background
shutter speed ended up at 1/1020 because I knew it would be hard to freeze the action if it was slower.
I had to really get a good aim. I set my selection points to a center focus and was able to press the shutter button when I had the red dot right on the dragonfly. It takes some practice for sure to move that fast and get a good aim.
I did watch the background because the shots in front of the trees obviously did not work out too well the solid water and sky worked best.
I believe that our dragonfly friend enjoyed our fishing outing as much as we did. Even though I was the one trying to capture him he ended up capturing my fascination and my heart – - our little helicopter friend!
Enjoy your spring, take time to sit down outside with your camera and see if you can capture a dragonfly or anything else that may be flying by!