Monday, September 12, 2011

Photos of the Day - Mr. and Ms. Dragonfly Photos




 

Hi Friends!  I've been focusing on photography for the past few days.  I do a lot of crafting and it's sometimes nice to step away and do something different.  Taking photos takes a bit of patience and the right opportunities.  There's this one dragonfly that always like to hang out on a particular plant in our yard and everyday when I step out in our backyard I would see him just hanging out but I usually don't have a camera with me so the other day, I saw him just having a grand ole' time hanging out on his special plant.  I ran up to my craft room upstairs and grabbed my camera and took a few photos of him.  The last 2 photos are the photos I took of him the other day.  The first 6 photos are of photos of 2 dragonflies that I took today.  Today, Mr. Dragonfly decided to bring along his girlfriend. 

All the photos were taken with my Canon 70-300mm telephoto lens at 200-300 mm macro.  I'm about 4 to 5ft away but zoomed in.  The macro capabilities allow the closest distance at 4 to 5ft at 200 or 300mm zoom or it won't let me take a macro photo.  The photo above is actually at 300mm macro and it's not a cropped shot.  It's the actual closeness of the dragonfly.  I did crop the right end of the photo because it was off centered but other than that, the shot is the actual shot of the photo.


Honestly, I can't tell which is the male or the female.  One is fuzzier and fatter than the other so I'm assuming the bigger fatter one is the male.  I believe in nature other than in humans, isn't the prettier one the male?


I think this is the female.  She is a little thinner and smaller.  I was able to take a great shot of her tail and at a different angle.


This is at another angle. I know I posted a lot of photos but I wanted to show the different angles of the dragonfly.  It's not often that a dragonfly hangs around and let you take photos of them.


This one is actually cropped but not by much. Once you crop a photo, you sort of start to lose the details of the photo.  I wanted to share this one because she's smiling at me and sticking out her tongue. . hehe!  I believe the dragonfly eyes are to their side. . not sure. .


I wanted to share this one because Mr. or Ms. Dragonfly was hanging out at the end of the plant. This was actually a difficult shot to take because the wind was blowing and the dragonfly would sway as the wind blows and I could not get my camera to focus.  A close up shot at a distance is difficult to take especially without a tripod because the lens have difficulties focusing when the object moves and my unsteady hands causes the camera to shake.

 
These two last photos are photos I took the other day of Mr. Dragonfly. It was later in the afternoon so the plant caused shadows on his wings due to the direction of the sun when I took the photo.


Here is the last photo of Mr. or Ms. Dragonfly.  I like this one because the dragonfly is nicely centered.  I really had fun taking these photos.  Maybe I'll do a bit of crafting today now that I've gotten my photography fix for the day!

Hope you like the photos!  Hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!!

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16 comments:

Nadja said...

Love the photos, Maria! Now I definitely need to get myself a telephoto lens. Keep 'em coming!

Creative Mish said...

Very Pretty! Most of the dragonflies that are in my area are blue and green shades. sometimes a hint of purple

Carmen said...

Beautiful photos Maria!

Debbie B said...

Wow Maria!! Your photos are great!! I only have a point and shoot so I never get photos like this. I love dragonflies too!!

Janet Hopper said...

Absolutly gorgeous!!!! The ones I see usually are greenish-blueish-purpleish also. Love the red.

Joanne (jojot) said...

AMAZING...wow

Kim Score said...

those are amazing photos! If I'm not mistaken, in the insect world, the female is almost always the larger of the 2.

Shirley N said...

Fabulous photos Maria!

Linda Peterson said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures!!

Cher said...

Very nice shots! And they didn't mind having their picture taken. Awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Colleen said...

Fantastic Pictures.
You R so lucky to be able to capture such wonderful shots. I have yet to get a good picture of a dragonfly. They just won't be still and pose for a picture.
I think You need to submit your photos to a magazine like Birds and Blooms or other nature magazine.
I think they are wonderful.
Thank U 4 sharing your photos with us.
ColleenB.

Erica said...

AWESOME & AMAZING. These are National Geographic quality. I see a new J.O.B. in your future, as soon as you are an empty nester...almost there, right? I truly enjoyed them.

Shebarie said...

Magnificent pictures - thank you so much for sharing - I've never heard of a red dragonfly much less seen one! I agree - these are magazine quality and should be submitted.

Ida said...

Oh my gosh Maria these photo's are amazing and stunningly beautiful.
You should post on Friday to the Pixel Dust Photo Friday challenge.
You can read about it here:

http://pixeldustphotoart.blogspot.com/

Juana Elena said...

wooow Maria, beautiful photos, excellent macro, which camera do you have? also am a photographer, in my face I have some albums with photos I've taken, though not as nice as yours, congratulations, your pictures are great

Selma Reis said...

Hello Maria, Just stopping by to say how beautiful the pictures of the dragonfly came out, I have a passion for them, I safe the picture on my blog. Thanks.

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