Here is a picture that I did last weekend just for fun. We have had quite the crop of dragonflies this summer. I love the intricacy of their wings and the wonderful shiny colors they present. In a recent post I put up an image of one from my friend Eleanor’s garden. Still, I’ve been too lazy to set up my tripod and stalk them among the wildflowers. A good picture is going to take a lot of patience and invested time.
So, I was quite delighted to find a large dragonfly hanging on a screen in one of my family room windows on Saturday. He was, I think, just hanging out and waiting for the sun to wake him from poikilothermic dormancy. I loved the delicate veins in his wing contrasting against the perfectly rectilinear grid of the screen How to capture this?
I decided upon my EF70-200mm f/4L USM. I shot at ISO 3200, since I didn’t want any shake. I was about 2 feet away, just resting my elbow on the top of a television set for support. I used a zoom of 113mm, and took the shot AV priority at f5.6 at 1/160 seconds. To get what I wanted I had to use manual focus. It took quite a bit of work in Photoshop to get the contrast that I wanted. I’m certain that it could have been done better. But I am reasonably happy with the results.