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(@timbutler54) Tim Butler said:July 19th, 2012 (3:37am) PDT
LOL, I don't even know what a "bracketed shot" is but it IS somewhat comforting and encouraging to know that it's a techinique capable of producing an outcome like this. Because I look at shots like this and then at the ones I take with only one shot and think, "don't know how they do that but I'm never going to get there!"

This is an amazing photograph but more than that, thanks for the lesson.
(@dylanshaye) Dylan Newman said:July 16th, 2012 (11:04pm) PDT
Beautiful! :)
(@hamnijuni) hamni juni said:July 6th, 2012 (11:33pm) PDT
great image
(@Vladimir-Borisov) Vladimir Borisov said:June 24th, 2012 (4:30am) PDT
Excellent photo !
(@Joanot) Joanot said:June 15th, 2012 (12:29am) PDT
Beautiful shot, composition and color
(@Paul) Paul Crockett said (72dpi Admin):June 11th, 2012 (8:16pm) PDT
@Paradis Photography - Thank you very much for the comment. Yes, they are very difficult to focus on... I had to take 3 bracketed shots, manually focused, just to ensure my eyes didn't screw up the focusing. And since I only had a moment, I had to use the lens on the camera which was a 70-200mm... not exactly the greatest for macro work but luckily got a usable shot with it.

@Michael - I appreciate the comment as always... thank you!

@yasumiyamiya, @rohanpavgi, @photofascination, @mauropasquero, @Maligne, @MickeydelPilar, and @mcmac, thank you guys very much for the great comments! After spending a few days visiting California to photograph sea lions in Monterey Bay, not getting any good shots, I come home and see this little guy the next morning in the front yard, lol. I guess that's my luck!

@CharlieBaugh, yes, I did hear about that although I haven't witnessed it yet. Apparently they will eat other dragonflies if they're big enough to overtake one.
(@Paradis Photography) Denis Paradis said:June 11th, 2012 (6:13pm) PDT
Simply amazing capture. I have a hard time getting my eye to focus on these let alone my lens. 10 if we were still voting.
(@Michael) Michael D. Friedman said:June 10th, 2012 (7:26pm) PDT
Stunning macro work, Paul!!!
(@yasumiyamiya) mitsu miya said:June 7th, 2012 (5:39am) PDT
great macro !!
(@rohanpavgi) Rohan Pavgi said:June 7th, 2012 (1:21am) PDT
fantastic
(@photofascination)  said:June 7th, 2012 (1:03am) PDT
Great photo in details, colours and BG
(@mauropasquero) mauro pasquero said:June 6th, 2012 (11:55pm) PDT
Amazing work. Great detail on the DF and very good BG.
(@Maligne) Eva Lechner said:June 6th, 2012 (10:43pm) PDT
Great shot!
(@CharlieBaugh) Charlie Baugh said:June 6th, 2012 (9:04pm) PDT
Agree this Df color is really nice and background as well. You got very good detail in those wing.

You mention the great variety of bugs they eat and I was surprised last year to find when I put a shot of a DF on the big monitor, that it was eating another DF.
(@MickeydelPilar) Michael del Pilar said:June 6th, 2012 (8:36pm) PDT
Colorful little guy...he has multiple colors and designs on his little body and those translucent wings are cool...exciting bokeh !
(@mcmac) Ian McGregor said:June 6th, 2012 (7:20pm) PDT
Wow! Great photography!
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Pachydiplax longipennis - Blue Dasher (Juvenile, Female)

I was out mowing the grass this morning when I noticed this dragonfly sitting on the tree branch in the front yard. After several minutes of her not moving anywhere I thought, "I better grab the camera!"

Luckily, she was patient enough to allow me to get a few shots of her before she flew off in search of other bugs to eat.

Some background:

This is a juvenile, female Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). Females are distinguished from males by their coloring and more specifically in this case, juvenile females can be identified by their half red/brown, half blue eyes.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, wasps, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Some 5680 different species of dragonflies are known in the world today.

Uploaded: Jun 6th, 2012 (5:54pm)
Category: Wildlife/Animals
Camera: Canon 5D Mark 3
Focal Length: 175 mm
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec
ISO: 400



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