Jody Coker  

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly by Jody Coker

June 2022 - Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

June 2022 - Jody Coker


About the Image(s)

My photo for this month is one of a Halloween pennant dragonfly. These are quite colorful dragons with their shades orange and black. This particular day I was out and about as usual with my 6d mark ii and a 100-400 zoom looking for willing subjects to photograph, when I can upon this dragonfly preached on top of this dying vine. The problem was that the wind had picked up and my subject was now swinging back and forth. Oh well, digital film is cheep right. I set the camera to 1/2000 and bumped the f stop to 8 ( that pushed the iso to 2468 ) and fired away. Post was done in Affinity photo.

9 comments posted

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Lovely photo. Great color with detail on the head, background is out of focus to prevent distractions and the background is a good match for the main subject. It pays to be patient and good..   Posted: 06/06/2022 14:55:24
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
thanks Tom. Sometimes it helps to get lucky :-)
  Posted: 06/06/2022 16:50:58

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
Very nice orientation of the dragonfly, and of course, its colors are interesting and unusual. Is there any explanation of why it evolved this color scheme? Does it hunt in vegetation of about this color? You certainly needed the short exposure. I think I would have preferred to have some greater depth of field, even at the expense of some noise.   Posted: 06/06/2022 16:33:38
Jody Coker   Jody Coker
good question Robert, I'll have to ask one of my entomologist friends. I agree in hind sight that f8 was not enough for this subject. What would you have used?   Posted: 06/06/2022 16:56:28
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
Because the dragonfly might have been gone in an instant, my first shot would have been whatever the camera was set for. If I had time to adjust a setting, I, too, might have used f/8. Now, in retrospect, it looks like f/16 or f/24 might have been better.   Posted: 06/07/2022 09:35:11

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Nice sharp capture of the eye legs and branch Nice composition Nice creamy background I think it works even without sharp wings I think if you used a smaller aperture you may have missed the shot He may have flown and it may not have been sharp
I too like dragonflies   Posted: 06/07/2022 16:06:46

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Outstanding shot! The background is perfect. While I appreciate and enjoy images that have been focused stacked, it is nice for a change to see an insect which has not been "stacked". It looks more realistic to me. I like it.
  Posted: 06/07/2022 19:12:27

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
great capture   Posted: 06/10/2022 06:13:26

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
I have not this color scheme on a dragonfly-- is it a Louisiana critter? You have done a fine job of presenting it, lucky nor not. Well focused, interesting colors.   Posted: 06/10/2022 12:35:36


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