Three Forks, Montana

Stay-at-Home Backyard Photgraphy: #22: Dragonfly

November 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Backyard dragonflies are easy to capture with a photo.  In our yard they favor the dried up stalks of daylily blossoms, and they will sit there resting for minutes on end.

As I mentioned in the prior post, we actually never see daylily blossoms, though we have plenty of planted bulbs.  Our problem comes from the deer, all of them having created a worn highway through our yard.  And it's as if our property serves as a rest area where they can stop to snack on our bushes and planting, during their daily travels along this highway. With the daylilies, they eat the bud just before it is about to blossom, and they leave everything else; as if they know that by leaving the greenery they will have a supply of blossoms available to them next season.

The photo below is a fairly typical photo.  

Dragonflies are very compliant, so you can usually get quite close.  They will often rest like this for many minutes before flying off.

In this case I did not get too close, perhaps 3' away. That is because I was experimenting with a newly acquired (but used) 2x teleconverter for the 40-150mm F2.8. I was all the way zoomed in at 300mm (600mm equivalent).  Image stabilization worked great because I shot this hand-held with 10 stacked images, each image at 1/100 sec. shutter speed. 


August 1, 2020
Olympus E-M1
Olympus 40-150 F2.8 plus MC-20 (2x teleconverter) @ 300mm (600mm equivalent)
F8 - 1/100sec - ISO800
10 images focus stacked



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