Photos taken yesterday in Sussex County, New Jersey. I was actually trying to take a macro shot of a caterpillar in the shade (quite frustrating) when I saw these two large dragonflies in the mating wheel position fly near me and land. I approached slowly with macro lens in hand and got very lucky that they were not startled off. Haven photographed insects quite a bit the past few years, it’s only natural to look to capture them both together in the same frame without having any of their appendages extend beyond the frame.
Metadata: 90mm, 1/640th F/3.2 ISO 100, handheld with VC. Manual Exposure.
I NEARLY walked away haven taken a pretty sharp frame, but I thought “what the heck” why not try a true macro photo with high magnification on one dragon’s face. It took 1 or dozen frames to get a handheld shot in focus at that magnification, but to me it created a photo with a much higher “wow” factor.
Metadata: 90mm, 1/100 F/5.0 ISO 100, handheld with VC. Manual Exposure.
It is certainly subjective to which shot is “better”, but the 2nd is more to my liking. By rethinking about possible compositions I have 2 drastically different photos of the same subject taken a minute or two apart. Quality nature photography is seldom performed in a hurry. I have always been an advocate of the phrase “haste makes waste”.