Monday, September 11, 2017

Yellow Colored Lance-tipped Darner

I spooked up this Lance-tipped Darner on Saturday morning. It was a fairly friendly bug, and I was setting up some shots with some success until a yellow jacket came along and chased my darner out.
Dragonfly, Lance-tipped Darner 09 September 2017 - 004©2017 Steve Borichevsky[3]Dragonfly, Lance-tipped Darner 09 September 2017 - 006©2017 Steve Borichevsky[3]

Sunday, September 10, 2017

American Copper Photo Study

There are so many American Coppers in the fields now that I thought I would focus a photo shoot on just that butterfly. In particular, I love shooting goldenrod. It makes a nice accent color when used in a washed out background. It also has interesting flows and shapes.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Lance-tipped Darners

I must say, I’m having a good late summer darner season this year. Since most darners are such active and powerful fliers, they are very difficult to find in a situation where one can set up a shot. In recent weeks, I have been doing quite well. I did find this mating pair that I was able to work with for few minutes.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Photo Shoot with a Lance-tipped Darner

Those of us that shoot a lot of dragons know how challenging it can be to get darners. As a family, the mosaic darners are strong, active flyers. On Saturday afternoon I went over to one of my local open spaces that has an open field nestled in a wooded area. There was a swarm of Common Green Darners and Lance-tipped Darners flying high above the field. As I started walking through the grass, I started to spook up some darners. I first thought that it was a fluke, but after the third darner, I began to change my strategy and started to actively look for darners hanging in the low grass. This is no easy task, but with careful movement, I could start to spot them. I got into one spot and flushed up two, then I spotted three! Hmmm…which should I go after first?

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I decided to work with this bug first…until…

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I spotted a fourth. I have many Common Green Darner images, so I decided to go for the this bug.

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My experience with dragonflies is that they will flush if they are startled, but if they see you and realize that you do not pose a threat, they will be somewhat approachable. I don’t particularly “stalk” my dragons, but rather just hang about a bit and “act natural” which for me is set up my gear, look over the scene and plan the shot. Once the dragon gets used to me, I sometimes can get in a good photo shoot.

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The photo above and below are actually different photos. I spent a good 10 minutes with this bug. These are relatively uncropped images, except for sizing to 8X10. I was using a 300mm lens at 10 feet. Any closer and the bug wouldn’t fit in the frame. I could have gotten in closer, in fact, I as able to reach in and pluck some grasses that were obstructing the shots.

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I was able to walk around to get a side shot to get the field marks for idintification.

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So is all this easy? Well, yes and no. Although I knew that there were subject in the field, from the time that I decided to go after these targets to the time I got my first frame was about 20 minutes of searching. It takes a bit of determination however the chance to work with these animals is well worth the effort.

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This may make a nice summertime shot for next year’s calendar.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Today I have three butterflies for you .

Northern Perly-eye

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Cabbage White

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SPicebush Swallowtail

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