In Mid Air

Green-eyed Hawker in flight

Most dragonflies spent most of their time in the air. However, most dragonfly pictures are of resting dragonflies. Easy to explain of course as it’s quite difficult to take a picture of a dragonfly in flight. But if you take some time it is doable. Certain species, like this Green-eyed Hawker, are less difficult as others. These hawkers patrol their territory and have specific routes. If you observe them for a while, you might find certain patterns and see at which places they hover for a while. If you place yourself near one of those places, they might give you a second or so to focus and take the picture. In cases like this I try to focus manually and let the autofocus do the last bit. And then it takes a lot of luck, patience and bad pictures to come go one good one. It is something I don’t to a lot, but with this much hawkers nearby I wanted to give it a try.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

3 comments

  • Absolutely amazing. I’m not a photographer so I’m not aware of what kind of effort goes into a shot like this but I can imagine it’s fairly intensive. Beautiful.

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  • never photographed dragonflies before but i tried one this weekend and all i did was turn my camera off and on (was low on battery) so i can understand what getting this shot might have involved..an action shot is way better than the sitting one… congratulations !!

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