Blue Dasher — Face To Face

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The other day I noticed this Blue Dasher dragonfly resting on a reed.  Blue Dashers are normally among the easiest dragonflies to photograph.  They’re not terribly skittish around people and they will often pose patiently while one photographs them.  But, this one was exceptional.  I walked within a couple of feet of him and he didn’t budge.  I decided that I’d make a portrait of him rather than the usual profile shot.  He’d twitch his head a little, almost reflexively, when my flash fired, but aside from that he continued to sit there.  That made me very happy, because I was able to get a good closeup of his face.

This dragonfly was so oblivious to me that I wonder whether he was sleeping when I photographed him.

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I like this shot for a couple of reasons.  First, it is a really sharp image of the insect’s eyes.  Double click on this image you’ll clearly see the thousands of individual lenses that make up his compound eyes.  But, most of all, I think it’s cool.

Image made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180mm f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, stabilized by monopod, M setting, ISO 250, f13 @ 1/160.

3 responses to “Blue Dasher — Face To Face”

  1. Sue says :

    Yes, truly cool!

  2. tkiiatmindspringcom says :


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