Female Blue Dasher Dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis)

While wandering about one of my favorite bug-hunting areas, and after an hour or two of unsuccessful attempts at photographing female horseflies, I decided to try my luck with some of the dragons hanging out near a creek. It took a good 10 minutes of chasing this little female Blue Dasher around before she finally found a perch solid enough for her to feel confident on. Once she had a grip on a downed tree limb, I moved in for some higher magnification photos. Like all skimmers she was fairly skittish, fluttering off if I advanced too quickly, but would always would return to her new perch after a few moments.


The image above is an uncropped, full-frame focus stack from 4 photos taken at f/11 with a newly acquired 10 dollar (!) vintage Pentax-M f/2 50mm lens reversed on my extension tubes. The lens is a possible replacement for my battle-worn Pentax-M f/1.7 50mm which has a loose barrel as a result of it being continually reverse mounted. Not sure if this f/2 is as sharp, but I'm not too worried about it. The vignette present in the image is a natural result of me angling the shot so a bit of sky would silhouette her head.

  • dujarandille 5y

    Breathtaking! Excellent catch!
  • Andreas Helke 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Amazing Image: Stacked Macro, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • parttimeclickeronflickr 5y

    Excellent capture!
  • Hans Georg Fischer 5y

    Wow! That's really amazing!
  • Simon Sier (sim2city) 5y

    Oh my, what an incredible photostream!
  • Louise Ireland 5y

    Its quite cute.
  • Jerrica Raglin 5y

    Great details.
  • Lee Orchard 4y

    wow, these are all just wow!!
  • jpophoto233391 4y

    your meta data tells the truth and you sir are a fake. I have a camera 100 times better than your pentaxk200d, and regardless of your lighting, position, aperture, shutter-speed, iso and "MAGIC" or what ever you want to lie to us about, the information that is stored in all your photos are seriously manipulated and edited. Wait until Nat Geo finds out about this. You have brought shame to the photography world and I cannot wait until the entire world hears about your manipulative creations. You know, I really liked your work for a long time. You inspired me and you are part of the reason I became a photographer. After I learned how to access your data regardless of how much you edited it and hid the true data, mmmmmmmm, I became very suspicious. Now that I have fully analyzed more than 50 of your most amazing shots, I find the same answer. You should work for DreamWorks or Disney. That is where manipulators belong. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO wonder you do not sell your prints. Your day will come liar. You have a lot of explaining to do. I'll give you a month to start telling the truth, and if you do not do what is right, then I'll email all the companies that have bought rights to, and posted your works. I'll show them the truth. You sir are a cheat. Adobe is a great tool isn't it? HDR is wonderful isn't it? ohhhhhhhhh, and I know that you have used up to 11 different programs to edit your pics. I have the proof. META DATA never lies. Funny that some people out there with the right knowledge can access that info. We can see dates, time, programs used to save, alter, manipulate and change right down to the last second before you choose to save your final rendition. Some of us can see step by step, edit for edit like the anatomy of a picture. You cannot hide the truth you fake. You have one month from today. 5/19/2011 Tom.......................................... ......... Do the right thing.
  • Jens Roesner 4y

    ^- What?!
  • Salvatore Farella 4y

    stunning, well done!
  • Steve Bouton 4y

    This is fantastic shot. I'd love to know how you took four shoots, each with a different focus point in so short a time.
  • Alice Artime 4y

    All I can say is, you are freakin awesome!!!!!!
  • Ana Piacente 3y

    Your picture is fantastic! Congratulations!
  • marcus_rerre 3y

    que legal, parece que está feliz :)
  • carlosbezz 3y

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:

  • leewom 2y

    Absolutely stunning, beautiful colour and composition. But most of all I love the way you seem to have captured a sneaky sly smile in there....
  • Juan Carlos Aroca 1y

    Muy buena. impresionante.
  • faraidunhawrame 1y

    good shot
  • Mike Turcu 1y

    Awesome! These insects are so photogenic!
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Taken on June 2, 2010
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