In flight (four photographs)

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While walking in the darkest part of the forest I saw dragonflies hovering every few feet, some were more cautious than others. I had my flash, but was not quite sure how to use it under those conditions and ended up under exposing most of the shots. But how cool is it to get dragonflies in mid-air and face on! This is one of those opportunities I would not have missed for anything. Maybe I will get another chance and be more skilled with my flash, but I think the odds are against these circumstances being duplicated. My love of dragonflies continues to increase.

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36 responses

  1. Great capture.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 1, 2014 at 1:26 am

  2. Nice capture 😊


    July 1, 2014 at 2:04 am

  3. Wow! Nice…


    July 1, 2014 at 2:53 am

  4. It’s like a miracle to see those four wings working in independent syncopation. Fantastic capture 🙂


    July 1, 2014 at 5:29 am

    • Thanks. I was lucky. If the wings were stopped by a higher shutter speed the dragonflies might have looked dead.


      July 1, 2014 at 8:05 am

  5. Awesome shots.


    July 1, 2014 at 6:01 am

  6. Awesome shots, Victor. It seems that you and I have been shooting similar subjects. There is something really cool about dragonflies in flight and most folks wouldn’t even think of trying to capture them in the air.


    July 1, 2014 at 7:34 am

  7. woww!! and you’re right dragonflies are amazing like a cross between prehistoric and fantasy dragons with maybe a few drones thrown in : ))


    July 1, 2014 at 8:29 am

    • Thanks. They are from the order Ondonata ,eating teeth ones, and they were once thought to sew people’s lips shut. Quite a history.


      July 1, 2014 at 8:49 am

  8. Just wow!


    July 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

  9. Very nice! That’s one thing I have not shot, but would like to obviously. Too married to my reverse lens. 🙂

    Those shooting conditions sound really tough. Do you typically use flash on dragonfly shots?


    July 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

    • Thanks. I only use flash when there is simply not other way to light the scene or capture action. Its too messy a technology for the fast decisions required, and many time leads to a touch of unrealistic lighting. With dragonflies it exaggerates the bright circles in the eyes created by the ambient light. Moreover flash highlights all the dust and grub these insects pick up along the way.


      July 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

  10. Beautiful! I have noticed there have been more dragonflies than usual flying around this year, they move so fast. I am always amazed when I see the talent of those that can get there photo when they are sitting on a plant, but mid-air, great job.


    July 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

    • Thanks. If they had been flying normally i could not have done it, they were literally hanging in the air not a for long but long enough.


      July 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

  11. Astounding, amazing, you’re the best!


    July 1, 2014 at 11:58 am

  12. Great capture


    July 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  13. Pat

    Great work!


    July 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

  14. Very nice catch!


    July 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

  15. Great shots! Those are not easy ones to get, especially in low light. I’m always curious what peoples success rate is. Did you have to take a lot of shots to get these beautiful ones.


    July 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    • Normally its about 3%. In this case it was higher, but as you can see i pushed the photographs.


      July 5, 2014 at 12:45 am

  16. Great images, Victor, that’s hard to capture!


    July 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

  17. Those are amazing!


    July 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

  18. Face on is incredible. What ISO and shutter speed were you using?


    July 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

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