Photo Essay

The Happiness of Dragonflies

In Flight

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?

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12 responses

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (29 Oct 2012):

    voted! I too tried to click dragonflies but no luck...too much movement ..u've done a great job Michele!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (29 Oct 2012):

    great effort for capturing dragonfly. I appreciate for your effort and made a nice story....Vote!!!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   gave props (1 Nov 2012):

    Loved the story, your images, and your tenacity. Well done.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (1 Nov 2012):

    I appreciate your determination and efforts. Great essay. Sure gets my votes.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Nov 2012):

    It sure does take determination and patience to shoot these winged creatures and it takes fast shutter speed for sure to catch up with them as they are flying ...Now If their wings moved as slowly as my dial up internet connection, it would be snap:) ...You did a great job! You have my vote!

  • Rob Linsalata

    Rob Linsalata   gave props (2 Nov 2012):

    Wonderful essay! voted! All these shots are amazing But it's your hummingbird shot that got to me – that's my "bete noir." And once again, you've done it beautifully!

  • Krishna Dronamraju

    Krishna Dronamraju gave props (3 Nov 2012):

    Brilliant capture by Michele!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (4 Nov 2012):

    Lovely candid story, voted!

  • Vikram Chandrasekar

    Vikram Chandrasekar said (5 Nov 2012):

    Beautiful photos, great story.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (16 Nov 2012):

    Valuable document, excellent narration.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (18 Nov 2012):

    Desire, prayer, practice over and over....and see the results....well written, well captured, well done

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (5 Dec 2012):

    Well written story and beautiful photos, well done..

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