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On a sunny day in May last year I was looking for orchids when I came across two of these perching on young trees at the edges of a clearing and occasionally flying at each other. The males of this species Libellula depressa have a powder blue abdomen. (Chasers are known elsewhere as Skimmers).

My lens had recently developed a stiffness in the focusing helicoid, such that I could not focus further than about 7m. I had to shuffle forward on my knees to get close enough.

This is a 50% crop. The wings were not flat but were partly folded, and thus rather three-dimensional. This often happens if the dragonfly has been settled for more than a brief time.

Olympus E-P2, Leitz Elmarit 60mm macro, f8 1/160 ISO 320, hand-held.

Harold



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Dec 22, 2013 at 03:23 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Broad-Bodied Chaser: Territorial female


Nice looking dragon.

A difficult shot to take with that busy background. Detail in the dragon could benefit a bit from a smaller aperture, but that would make the background even more busy. Sometimes the land where they land and you gotta take what they give you

Maybe a bit of blur from hand holding? Do you use a monopod or tripod at all?

Processing is a bit overdone - too contrasty and saturated, IMHO.




Dec 23, 2013 at 02:43 PM
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coder wrote:
Nice looking dragon.

A difficult shot to take with that busy background. Detail in the dragon could benefit a bit from a smaller aperture, but that would make the background even more busy. Sometimes the land where they land and you gotta take what they give you

Maybe a bit of blur from hand holding? Do you use a monopod or tripod at all?

Processing is a bit overdone - too contrasty and saturated, IMHO.


Thanks, Coder.

I recall making several approaches to each of the two females. This one was by "walking" on my knees and resting on them during the shot. Any unsteadiness would have been from by suffering knees! Totally hand-held. The background was not difficult for manual focus but would have confused the 4/3 AF zoom I occasionally use.

I did quite a lot of processing to get the venation fairly well-defined. You may prefer this softer version.

Harold






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Dec 23, 2013 at 03:22 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Broad-Bodied Chaser: Territorial female


Nice shot! Better #2 version


Dec 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Broad-Bodied Chaser: Territorial female


Very nice it's difficult with dragonflies sometimes they often perch in bushy areas
Ive only got a handful of shots of broad bodied chasers they're not that common in my area and the males especially are difficult to approach



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LCPete wrote:
Very nice it's difficult with dragonflies sometimes they often perch in bushy areas
Ive only got a handful of shots of broad bodied chasers they're not that common in my area and the males especially are difficult to approach


Thanks. I agree about the males. However, near water, they are more likely to perch on the ground or close to ground level. You have to be in position when they land and then minimise your movements. I find that they may have several landing spots, within a few meters of each other, in the same location.

Harold



Jan 03, 2014 at 08:32 AM
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e6filmuser wrote:
Thanks. I agree about the males. However, near water, they are more likely to perch on the ground or close to ground level. You have to be in position when they land and then minimise your movements. I find that they may have several landing spots, within a few meters of each other, in the same location.

Harold

Thanks Harold for the advice will try again in the spring I've found a new site close to home hop full will get lucky



Jan 03, 2014 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Broad-Bodied Chaser: Territorial female


A simple stick cut for strength, thickness, height and skinned would help with stability and also provide some relief from gravity - having the extra 'leg' to rest on.

Mine is a dense wood, around thumb thickness along the length, shoulder high and smooth.



Jan 17, 2014 at 02:10 AM
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MarkB1 wrote:
A simple stick cut for strength, thickness, height and skinned would help with stability and also provide some relief from gravity - having the extra 'leg' to rest on.

Mark, That is sometghing I have been intending to implement as regular practice but old habits...

Harold



Jan 17, 2014 at 07:25 AM
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LCPete wrote:
Very nice it's difficult with dragonflies sometimes they often perch in bushy areas
Ive only got a handful of shots of broad bodied chasers they're not that common in my area and the males especially are difficult to approach


Re: Dragonflies in general:

Listen to Radio 4 "Nature" 9.00 to 9.30 pm on Monday.

Harold



Feb 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM





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