Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Dragonfly at Rest

I was in Barnes & Noble yesterday and was browsing through some photography books when I came across a book about macro photography. The book was a collection of macro photos taken of different subjects, one of which was dragonflies. The author stated that dragonflies are difficult to photograph because they seldom stay still long enough to focus on.

It reminded me of some pictures I captured last summer of a dragonfly fluttering around some of the water plants in the pond in our courtyard. I was delighted when he rested long enough for me to get some close-up shots of him. I hope you will click on some of the pictures to see this amazing little creature up close.

I recently sold my Canon macro lens because soon after I bought it, Canon came out with their EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens which has an "image stabilization" feature. For fledgling photographers like myself, this is a "must have" feature on any camera. I'm going to order one next week and can't wait to capture the wonders of Spring ... up close and personal.

7 comments:

racheld said...

I don't know how any piece of equipment could improve your unerring eye and perfect composition.

I DO love these fleeting creatures, with their inquiring gaze and friendly faces, and having one alight upon your hand is akin to being knighted by the Queen.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I love your pictures. I am so disappointed that my new camera won't except any type of lens. I should have read the info better when I bought it. I love the camera, it makes great pictures, just can't zoom out as far as I'd like. But sure can't buy another one this soon after purchasing this one. Might think about selling it and buying a new one. Do you mind telling me what camera you use?
I love your pictures they are so clear and perfect.
Molly

Linda said...

Love dragonflies and I might just have to look into a new lens. Great Photos!

Merisi said...

Amazing images!

I have been contemplating buying a macro lens for some time, but I am going back to school come March and grad courses are so expensive, that will have to wait.

Have you ever visited SomePinkFlowers' blog?
She writes and photographs in Florida, her blog is a delight: Some Pink Flowers.

Merisi said...

Amazing images!

I have been contemplating buying a macro lens for some time, but I am going back to school come March and grad courses are so expensive, that will have to wait.

Have you ever visited SomePinkFlowers' blog?
She writes and photographs in Florida, her blog is a delight: Some Pink Flowers.

Deb said...

you really do have an eye for beauty...great photo..

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

O my goodness, Janie...there ya go...sending me off lens shopping!!

These photos are gorgeous!