Dragonfly (Two Photographs)
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One of the photographs here is a tighter crop but basically they are the same. The bright spots on the eyes of dragonflies and other insects are often confused with their eyes. In fact the eyes are much larger and the many facets of the diamond-like eyes of these creatures capture light from different directions; this makes the bright spots on their eyes. On an overcast day, like the one when these were taken we can get clean eyes. There is a lot of detail to be seen in insects and it is almost impossible to count on the image on the LCD monitor on the back of your camera to tell you what is or is not sharp with these kinds of shots. Taking several shots, not rapid fire but single shots, provides some insurance. Even at a distance an insect like this will not stay put for long so knowing your gear and working fast is a real benefit.