I still want to get a slideshow up like GF’s last year, but it’s going to be quite awhile until i get around to that. So in the meantime i thought i’d just throw these ancient shots up that i took about a decade and a half ago, as due to quality issues i can’t really do anything else with them. I love to hang out with and shoot dragonflies and haven’t done it in many years. It does take some patience, but with the right lens it’s not as hard as it may seem, they’re fairly cooperative little critters. Friendly and curious too. Best place to find them is on a humid summer’s day at a pond’s edge. I smoke a cigarette or two while i wait for something to happen, and they’ll fly right up and settle, look at me, flap their wings, and I can swear that they say “Who are you? Why are you wreaking havoc on our habitat?”. They’ll fly away, but they return again and again to the same spot. And even pose for the shot too.
Top shot is a Widow Skimmer, shot over a pond. The white spot that looks like the moon is a goose feather floating on the water surface. Bottom is a 12-spot Skimmer, shot against reeds on a pond. I still love both of these shots, and haven’t managed to get anything remotely similar since.
Devendra Banhart seems to have spent some time hanging out with dragonflies too, but he drinks beer. Perfect trippy music for a summer dragonfly day, and a big thanks to Beth Noir for introducing me to him. (And you thought i was’t paying attention.)
Few tech notes for the interested – shot these with a Canon Elan 7E, EF 75-300 USM lens on Velvia 50 ASA. Drum scanned and photoshopped. The lens was before they made IS lenses, so the images are too soft to be of any commercial use, and they’re well unsharp masked.