When I was watering the garden this evening, I noticed there was a large number of dragonflies in the air above the chicken yard. They were feeding on small bugs and were coming to rest on the wire of the tomato cages. I took my camera out to see if I could get some photos. I didn't know if they'd sit still long enough for me to get any good shots, especially since I would want to get fairly close with the camera. But it was worth trying.
I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from this evening.
As always, you can click on the photos for a larger view.
The light in this photo looks much "cooler" (as in, temperature) than it really was today. It was sunny and about 95 degrees, but a small cloud passed in front of the sun, creating this cooler blue-cast light. I like the blue cast it put on the tomato cage wire and the body of the dragonfly.
All of the photos I took today were hand-held, meaning I didn't use a tri-pod of any kind to support the camera. I had to hold very steady to ensure good focus. And boy was it hot in the evening sun - and windy!
I'm glad I took the time to see if I could photograph these fellas. Not only was it a neat experience having so many of them around and hearing them fly, but also having them be so trusting of me to allow me to get so close. And I have some fun photos to remember them with, too!
I've been asked many times recently about the camera that I use for my photos. I have an old blog post from 2007 that gives details on just that topic. You'll find it in the Categories list on the right, under the title of Photo Gear. Hope it's helpful!