We arrived at our local pond this afternoon to find a large number of broad bodied chasers flying around at top speed, occasionally clashing, occasionally flying through the air in tandem. It looked like none of them would land, but hanging around for an hour just watching them enabled us to take a few swift shots when they did start to land…just for a few seconds each time…and they were not always in a place where it was possible to get the whole of the flighty-thing in the focal plane. As the clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped the dragonflies suddenly all disappeared…but it was a fun half hour or so.
I was using a “new to me” 180mm macro lens which I bought second hand, earlier in the year, from a friend in another photographic society…and it was the first time that I used it in anger. I was quite pleased with the results. Now that I am confident of the quality of the lens, I can only blame myself for any deficiencies in technique. Below are a few more shots. Unfortunately the female had a large piece of one wing missing, so I unfortunately discarded all shots of her.