Dragonflies are really amazing creatures, but I might be a bit biased, having worked with them in a research lab at Penn State while in college. (Believe it or not, dragonflies can help us understand aspects of heart disease.) Back then I didn’t even think of attempting to photograph one in flight. They are very quick and rarely stay in one place for long. Instead, I stuck to doing static macro photography.
My first attempts several years ago were marginal successes. However, most were photographed from above, with dark water as the background. Unfortunately, I felt this made each image appear the same and they were artistically lacking. This approach made focusing easier but didn’t get me the results I wanted. My more recent dragonfly photos have improved because I try to photograph them in front of a background that complements their colors and I also get low and photograph them eye-to-eye. Being at their same level changes the perspective dramatically, and for the better!
“Green Darner” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA