Dragonflies in flight

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Nezza
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Dragonflies in flight

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I've been having a go at some dragonflies in flight this year. Here's a couple. One side on and one banking towards the photographer. Which one do people prefer ?.
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Southern Hawker in flight.jpg
Southern Hawker in flight 2.jpg

AlP
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Re: Dragonflies in flight

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I like both. Each image serves a purpose on its own. So, I am neutral.

Lou Jost
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Re: Dragonflies in flight

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Incredibly hard, unless you have a wind tunnel or a known repeated perch. How did you do these?

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Re: Dragonflies in flight

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Yes, well done for Dragons in flight. I had some fun with them this summer but the "in flight" images were limited to screen shots of video and were only identifiable by approximation to known local species.

I believe yours is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea).

Dragons have remarkable control of their wings so any orientation is great. I imagine a rapid sequence could offer interesting revelations. Both or your images are superb.

Nezza
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Re: Dragonflies in flight

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Hi. The pictures were taken using an EOS R6 and a Sigma 150-600mm lens. I waited by a pond where the dragonfly was hawking and whenever it hovered for a few seconds manually focussed and then let the animal eye autofocus take over for a burst of shots. You still get a lot of misses and insects with the wings in awkward positions, but with patience you will get some good ones.

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Re: Dragonflies in flight

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Thanks for the information, that sounds quite difficult.

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Re: Dragonflies in flight

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Very well done. I understand the eye tracking feature (when it works on insects) is a bit of a game changer for this sort of thing. I would love to try it one day.
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