Wisconsin Dragonfly-first attempt

Discussion in 'Nature' started by tom_holz, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. This was shot with a Nikon F2 w/105 micro 2.8. I do not have a scanner yet so this is off of a Kodak Photo disk. The film used is the Kodak High Definition 400. Any suggestions, and how do I go about identifying this critter. Tom
  2. (1) Nice shot if it wasn't digitally manipulated, and that includes severe cropping. How on earth did you get so close?

    (2) (controversial statement) Life is better with flash and somewhat slower film.


  3. pvp


    Very nice shot, if a bit soft. I'll second the suggestion for flash; makes it possible to use slow film and of course camera shake isn't a big a problem.
  4. I did some cropping but not a lot. I was shooting below and I kept raising the tripod with each shot. This was a very cooperative dragonfly.
  5. It is probibly soft due to my beginner jitters, I was afraid it was going to fly away before I got it just right. I will need to look for a flash bracket to add to my ever growing collection of equipment. Thanks for the comments.
  6. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    The highlights in the background certainly are a distraction. Just be careful what's in the background.
  7. Dragonflies are frequently cooperative, I've found. They are territorial by nature and tend to come back to the same spot once they realize that you're not making an overt attempt to get them.

    As for identification, The National Audubon Society field guide for Insects has a small section on dragonflies and damselflies with some of the more common ones.

    I've found a few sources on the web for identification. I'm still in the early stages of exploring these for identifying some of my own subjects, so I can't fully vouch for their quantity, or quality of information:


    Good luck.

  8. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    To id them there is and excellent book called "Dragonflies through binoculars" (at least I think that's the name. Highly recommended.
  9. 1.) "Dragonflies through Binoculars" by Sidney W. Dunkle, published by Oxford, ISBN 0-19-511268-7.
    2.) Looks to me like some type of Meadowhawk; There are a number of species, and they can be very difficult to differentiate.
  10. I know this comes about a month after the last posts, but I want to say that my Japanese girlfriend is a country girl, and showed me a few dragonfly tricks. First, dragonflies will perch on the highest thing they can, so if you provide your finger as that, they will move over, as demonstrated with the attached photo.
  11. The second trick is to move your finger in a circular motion in front of the dragonfly. You will see its head follow the tip of your finger, and it will become dizzy. Then you can get as close as you like!

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