06.15.2022 Things are heating up

While places to our south have had dragonflies flying about, and probably to a lesser extent here also, it is now getting warm enough here to see them regularly and a first time for me to make some photographs.  This past Monday at Moosehorn Pond I saw dozens of these Chalk-fronted Corporals-Ladona julia flying about and I imagine that’s a sign that someone laid quite a few eggs that successfully hatched.

It isn’t as long as it appears to be as the abdomen looks extended because of the shadow created by a sun rather high in the sky. I tagged this as a closeup but actually was far away (probably 12-15 feet) and using the 100-400×2 to get this shot.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 06.15.2022 Things are heating up

  1. Yours is the second mention I’ve come across this morning of using a telephoto with extender in lieu of a macro lens to photograph a dragonfly. You were fortunate that the plane of the dragonfly’s body and wings lay parallel to the camera’s sensor.

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    • Fortunate indeed. But at this distance there isn’t much of an angular difference from the top to the bottom of the dragonfly so not nearly as difficult as being within a foot with a macro lens. But parallelism is a goal in making these images.


  2. Very nice Steve! Great dragonfly image!


  3. Wally Jones says:

    Superb photograph!
    This is a species we don’t have in our area, so it’s great to see this one.

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  4. Dave Ply says:

    I was all set to be super impressed on how you got that dragonfly to sit still as you crept up to it with a macro lens on a tripod. Still, nice results, especially with a 2x.

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  5. Ann Mackay says:

    Great shot! I’ve started to see the odd dragonfly checking out our pond but I really need some good perches for them – then I might have a chance to try photographing one. This colouring looks very different to any that I’ve seen over here.

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    It was interesting you mentioned the length as I was thinking the same thing as I noticed some of the length was shadow. Very neat effect, though.

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