This is only my second attempt at photographing dragonflies and it’s by no means my best photography. I find them quite tricky little characters to focus on as they rarely stay still long enough to capture their detail in full focus. I happened by this dragonfly purely by chance while exploring a local nature reserve in Nottinghamshire a few weeks back, I believe this to be a Common Darter Dragonfly. After my last attempt of photographing a Damselfly, when I spotted this one I wanted a second attempt at photographing these incredible insects, hoping I could capture it in more detail that my previous attempt.
I have been inspired for a little while now by photographer Mike Powell and his amazing photographs of dragonflies. The attention to detail in his photographs of these flighty little characters is superb. I could only wish that my shots were half as good as his.
Next Summer I need to plan to seek out dragonflies in the hope that I can get more practice as photographing them and capturing them in all their glorious detail.
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Thanks for the mention, Ryan. Indeed I love to photograph dragonflies and miss being able to see them during the winter. Consequently I switch to birds when it is cold, but my lenses will be focused again on dragonflies, damselflies, and a myriad of other insects when things warm up again in the spring.
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Your welcome Mike, I look forward to seeing more of your work. I hope to venture out more with my camera as we move in to Spring. Need to get motivated again.