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Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2018 7:58 pm
by KankRat
I have been working at this for a couple years now, yesterday I finally got a sharp shot of a dragonfly in flight. This is a very common D-fly, the "Green Darner". It's the big honkin' blue green species- you are all familiar with.
Getting a shot in flight is super hard.
ImageGreen Darner in Flight by Mark Kasick, on Flickr

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2018 8:13 pm
by KankRat
I've shared this elsewhere. The common question is how did you freeze the wings. That's easy. They call that motion blur. The hard part is focus. Most of what camera companies hype is bullshit, for stuff moving this fast you need to move a single AF point directly on the subject. If you are off by a tiny bit, the camera will try to focus on something 300 ft behind the subject. Instant blown shot.

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2018 8:54 pm
by matt_ski
amazing! great shot

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2018 10:33 pm
by HEDDONFROG
Psfft, I take pics like that with my eye-phone, lol Years ago a roommate tried getting that shot for the longest time and could never get a still wing shot like yours. Congrats on getting it and stunning photo

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Tue 10, 2018 12:08 am
by Woohoodude11
I met a guy last year at Wright Woods when it was flooded this time last year. He pointed out this gorgeous metallic purple dragonfly saying he was trying to do exactly what you did here. Worst part, the whole place was totally flooded. He waded in jeans and gym shoes about knee deep following this thing and never got it.

Your pic is phenomeonal. So many colors you don't normally see in the second it takes one to whizz by. The wing detail is incredible too.

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Tue 10, 2018 12:23 am
by vman01
Really cool picture. Never would have thought one could capture it like that clear but you did.

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Tue 10, 2018 7:26 am
by Rambler
GREAT shot!!

Last time at Skokie Lagoons I watched 2 Green Darners flitting around in the bushes. They finally found each other and sailed off joined together to keep the species going. Adult dragonflies live only about a week - most of their lives are spent as nymphs crawling around in the mud under water. Wonder if they have any idea that procreation means death?

Woohoodude11 wrote:He pointed out this gorgeous metallic purple dragonfly

Probably some type of Pond Skimmer. Maybe a Slaty?

BTW - just occurred to me that the reason my buddy always out fishes me is because he fishes more than I do. While he's busy casting and catching I keep getting distracted by nature. Hmm...

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Tue 10, 2018 9:26 am
by badger75
Very well done on an elusive subject.

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Tue 10, 2018 11:18 am
by Phil6
Impressive, good work!

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Tue 10, 2018 1:59 pm
by Woohoodude11
Rambler wrote:Probably some type of Pond Skimmer. Maybe a Slaty?

I googled those and it doesnt look quite the same. It looked like this with a chrome finish. I haven't seen anything like it since. Probably why the guy was getting himself soaked chasing a bug.

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Tue 10, 2018 5:46 pm
by KankRat
I put together an album in flickr of a dozen or so dragonflies. A few are doubles. If you click on a shot, then click on it again you should be able to zoom in. Details are pretty cool on some.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmo4LhKq

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Wed 11, 2018 6:54 am
by Rambler
Woohoodude11 wrote:I googled those and it doesnt look quite the same. It looked like this with a chrome finish. I haven't seen anything like it since. Probably why the guy was getting himself soaked chasing a bug

Don't forget that there's lots of variations among individuals of the same species. This helps explain weird phenomenon like the Trumpster.

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Fri 13, 2018 8:15 pm
by KankRat
Rambler wrote:GREAT shot!!

Last time at Skokie Lagoons I watched 2 Green Darners flitting around in the bushes. They finally found each other and sailed off joined together to keep the species going. Adult dragonflies live only about a week - most of their lives are spent as nymphs crawling around in the mud under water. Wonder if they have any idea that procreation means death?

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Fake news :-)
Yes, the larva to adult lifespan is disproportionate but the adults live up to a couple months- species dependent.
The female mates with multiple mates and lays eggs from them. Apparently male dragonflies are not into sloppy seconds (sorry moderators), so when they actually copulate the male actually has the ability to remove the previous dude's spooge (again, sorry moderators). So, when he finally puts his sperm in her only his genes will go in the next set of eggs.

Here is nice sharp shot of green darners locked in tandem.
ImageGreen Darners Mating by Mark Kasick, on Flickr

Here is an excellent sex ed class on how damsels and dragons mat.https://youtu.be/mZuggJQHmko

Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Fri 13, 2018 8:18 pm
by KankRat
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Re: Dragonfly In Flight

PostPosted: Jul Fri 13, 2018 8:19 pm
by KankRat
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