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09-05-2009, 12:50 PM
Was really hoping the Nikon could capture dragons the way the Olympus did and with a bit of camera menu tweaking, I began to believe :)


09-05-2009, 01:53 PM

Mad Aussie
09-05-2009, 03:34 PM
A dragonfly in flight! Amazing M!

09-05-2009, 06:33 PM
Gosh Ml please...please...please tell me how you do this!
These shots just kick-ass!!!!! :highfive:

09-05-2009, 07:04 PM
It' not as hard as it looks...I defy anyone to catch one while it's flying, one waits till it hovers! The dragonfly will hover motionless for up to fifteen seconds or so and quite often they'll repeat the spot they choose to do that. Obviously you want a higher shutter speed, this guy was at 1/320th or there abouts. You also want your focus in the center, single point AF. Ideally you want to use a lens like a 70-300 mm so you can get in close. I try to get about six to eight feet away from the dragon. So, when it hovers you aim your lens at the dragon, try to get a focus lock, check exposure real quick and before you can release he's gone. Now don't fret, usually they'll return to that hover spot or very close to it and when it does you start again but this time your focus should be in the right zone and exposure close and you should nail him:) Hope this helps

09-05-2009, 07:10 PM
Thanks for the tip Michaelaw! :clap:

Mad Aussie
09-05-2009, 07:15 PM
I've tried that many times with speeds of 1/1000th or better and still failed! You still have to be good :)

09-08-2009, 05:34 AM
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tip for taking a photo of a dragonfly!

09-08-2009, 08:58 AM
Thanks for sharing that Maw; wicked good catch!