Last September I went to Tower Grove Park to try to get dragonfly photos. I got them plus photos of lotus and waterlily plants, bees, and ducks.In my last post I shared photos of lotus and water lily plants and the week before it was the bees. This week I’m sharing the dragonflies and next week it will be the ducks.
Just a reminder that I’m using my Nikkor 80-400mm telephoto zoom instead of the Sigma 105mm macro that I normally use for close ups. The majority of the dragonflies in this park are found on the the lily and lotus plants in the ponds about three feet away shore. There’s really no other way to stay out of the water and get the shots unless I use a telephoto.
So here are my dragonfly photos from Tower Grove Park.
I kind of wonder if he stepped another inch or so forward, would the plant bend?
This is a dragon fly in the obelisk position, I think. I say I think because usually when in this position their abdomen is straight. See this Wikipedia entry for info on why they assume this position. Maybe this guy is just starting to get into position and, like me trying to do the tree position, it can take a while to get settled into the correct form.
A few of the more typical obelisk positions with a straight abdomen.
This is my favorite photo of the series because of the composition. A little different than most. Also his anchor spot, a lotus bud, is different from all the others.
Thank you for stopping by.
All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 80-400mm lens.
I had cataract surgery yesterday for my left eye. The cataract was pretty bad so when the patch came off today I was amazed at the difference in my sight out of the left eye. Things are so much brighter, cleaner, sharper, and the colors more intense. It makes me wonder how, if it all, this has/will effect my photography. Have I been “over” processing my files to compensate for the darkness, lack of clarity, or muddy colors? When I get a chance I’ll review some of the files from the past few months to see if they look the same as when originally process or if now I think they have been over processed. I know that I’ve not been very satisfied with the majority of my work this year, maybe this accounts for some of that. Interesting thoughts, at least for me.