The Happiness of Dragonflies
28 Oct 2012
Every photographer has their bete noir or beastly difficult photographs that keep eluding them. Some types of photography seem easy to each of us. Some have the knack and talent for landscapes or animals. Because I've been shooting portraiture for about 30 years, it is relatively easy for me, if I don't get a blinker. (You know what a blinker is, that special person who subliminally hears a shutter and closes their eyes. EVERY time!) But other kinds of photography can throw me.
For years I tried and tried to get a decent, sharp image of a dragonfly, any dragonfly and all I got were blurs or the empty perch. I had a devil of a time focusing on those transparent wings. And no matter how stealthily I crept closer, they'd see me and fly away. I could almost hear them giving me a Bronx cheer on their way across the pond.
But this year my dragonfly luck changed. During the two years before, I had succeeded in clicking a number of wild butterflies some even doing a mating dance. I don't know if stalking butterflies set me up for success this year or was it a new faster camera? I suspect it's both. Suddenly, dragonflies just seemed to pose for me everywhere. I cannot describe my extreme happiness when I was able to click a sharp mid-air hovering dragonfly. Just recently I captured a Swallowtail butterfly and a humming bird in mid-flight. To some this might be child's play but to me every difficult shot I conquer is a great joy! So now I'm making my photography bucket list. Do you have one too?