Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Glen Roberts, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    Dragonflies that is... Taken with a Canon 400mm L.

    Male Common Darter:

    Female Common Darter:

    Migrant Hawker:

    Had a go at a couple of in flight shots too.



  2. Tim Pindar

    Tim Pindar Member

    A lot of skill here I'd say - I especially like 3,4 and 5.
  3. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    I tried to catch some in flight but just couldn't get the things in the target sights so to speak. I did have the family with me who rapidly get bored after about 30 seconds of standing around so I couldn't spend much time on it. How long did you have to spend to get these shots Glen
  4. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    Luckily I have the patience of a saint when it comes to wildlife. I spent about 45 minutes stood at the side of the pond and took about 110 shots in that time of which about 70% were binned.
  5. ..to go with your talent, too!

    Super set of shots, there. Some of us cant get still lifes that well!
  6. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    O plan to go to Wicken Fen after work next week to catch the sunset and hopefully get a few dragon fly shots while its still light. With no family around I can wait as long as it takes thankfully.
  7. Darren Turner

    Darren Turner XProPhotographer

    now them in flight shots are very impressive glen, patience obviously pays off with shots like these........!!
  8. Laurie Parker

    Laurie Parker New Member

    fab shots of these really weird creatures Shaggy, freak me out when they come flying at me so dont get chance to get any unless they on a leaf lol
  9. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    Good luck with the Sunsets and Dragonflies at Wicken Fen Paul, I'll be looking forward to them.

    Laurie, I said before give them a chance they are beautiful thing and wouldn't hurt a fly...!!! Well Ok, they would hurt a fly but they wouldn't hurt you ;) :D
  10. Frank N. Baker

    Frank N. Baker New Member

    Now thats a crackin set mate:D Your patiance has been rewarded

  11. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Amazing - did you use AI focus on the moving ones, or just preset the focus and wait for them to fly into the right spot?
  12. Laurie Parker

    Laurie Parker New Member

    I do give them a chance ( No chance ) lolol they really have got viscous looking faces
  13. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    For the flight shots they were a bit small in the frame (and fast) so the auto-focus kept missing and focussing on the background, so I had to manually focus. I didn't preset the focus but now and again they would stop and hover for a second that's when I would focus and grab the shot.

    Hope that helps.

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