Chasing Dragonflies, GBHs, and a Pigeon.

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Here are a few snaps from Juanita Park today.

I went chasing dragonflies and these are REALLY tough to get in flight. I tried for about 1/2 hr before I saw that they seem to fly the same pattern repeatedly. They would hover in a place for a second, then fly away and come back to the same spot. I got these 2 pictures. Nothing great but considering the difficulty these flies put me through, I thought I would post them.

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Some GBHs.

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and a Pigeon.

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Nice ones Jay. I was tempted several times today to go for the dragonflies, but I resisted. The danged birds just sat around. :rolleyes:
 
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I appreciate the comments.

The dragonfly was a tough one. I couldn't track one long enough in the viewfinder to focus on it. These 2 were the only shots I got and I tried for almost an hour.

I included the pigeon snap because I have never seen a pigeon in Juanita Park. Infact I was talking to one of the regulars at the park and he mentioned the same thing.

Now I think I need a longer lens instead of composing through crops using my 70-200mm. I might think about buying a used 300 f4 AFS & a TC14EII. I am coming down with LLD :smile: PLease HELP.....
 
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JayR said:
I appreciate the comments.

The dragonfly was a tough one. I couldn't track one long enough in the viewfinder to focus on it. These 2 were the only shots I got and I tried for almost an hour.

I included the pigeon snap because I have never seen a pigeon in Juanita Park. In fact I was talking to one of the regulars at the park and he mentioned the same thing.

Now I think I need a longer lens instead of composing through crops using my 70-200mm. I might think about buying a used 300 f4 AFS & a TC14EII. I am coming down with LLD :smile: PLease HELP.....

OK Jay, I'll help....

Have you seen the shots that Harris (Backdoctor) and others have gotten from the 300 f4 + 1.4 TC? What an excellent combo. :Devil: :biggrin:
 
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Yes. It is the shots posted on the cafe using the combo that triggered my lust. That and mouting my D70 on Bill Dewey's Sigma 500mm+1.4 tele to capture some pictures of a little green heron got me infected.

I think my diagnosis is that I "need" the 300/1.4 combo and "want" the 500/1.4 combo. I know I have got it bad as I am justifying an expensive purchase with a more expensive option. Well...maybe this is a discussion for the Lens Lust forum but I can already forecast the outcome. Unless...someone might offer a better cost effective alternative.

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Wonderful shots. I am going to try to get a flying dragonfly also. Very difficult.
 
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Thank you.

Chasing dragonflies is a lot of fun (and frustration :smile:) BUT gettting even a single shot that is in focus is rewarding. Atleast in my case with limited experience.
 
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Great shots Jay. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of a dragonfly in flight.
 
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