By starting off early, you can approach the dragonflies before they are fully active. By utilizing the longer lens, I do not have to approach as close to the dragonfly to get a full frame almost full frame picture. The hardest part is getting enough depth of field. To have the entire dragonfly in focus, though at times it may not be necessary, just have the eyes and face in focus for a unusual portrait.
However, the hardest part of dragonfly photography is the final identification of the creature. I utilize some field guides to help me with the identification: "a Field guide to the dragons and damselflies of Massachusetts." 2nd edition, which is available from (mail only): Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program <http://www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/nhesp.htm; "dragonflies through binocular's "
Even with these excellent field guides, I still have difficulty in identifying the dragonflies, and damselflies that I have photographed.
For any of the pictures below that I could not identify, if you can identify dragonflies/damselflies. Please comment on the name on the site. I really appreciate any help that you can provide.
|Eastern Pond Hawk|