Monday, August 3, 2009

Ipswich Dragonflies

These dragonflies were shot in Ipswich, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 1st. Note that none of these photos have had orientation adjustments. They are pretty much straight out of the camera.

Twelve Spotted Skimmer
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Not a Spangled Skimmer, but a Slaty Skimmer. See Eve's comments.
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Common Pondhwak
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Blue Dasher
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Blue Dasher
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I’ve done what I could to identify these dragonflies, however I’m new at this. If there are corrections needed, please let me know.

19 comments:

A New England Life said...

I don't know how you did it Steve. It seems every time I get close to dragonflies they fly away.

How I wish I had your camera.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Absolutely stunning Steve!! WOW!! I especially love the green one I have never seen one that color here.

Eve said...

Great photos Steve. I actually have a wonderful book you might be interested in. "A field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts". http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/publications/nhesp_pubs.htm
I got it to help ID them while helping NY state's program.
Looking at my book the only one I would question is the Spangled Skimmer. It should have "strikingly" white and black stigmas. "No other dragonfly in the Northeast has white stigmas." Your dragonfly only has black stigmas. This could very well be a Slaty Skimmer or the male Seaside Dragonlet.
At any rate it's been fun looking these up and the Blue Dasher is one of my all time fav's! Thanks!

Arija said...

Your dragonflies are wonderful!

Robin said...

Love this blog. The photos are stunning. As a wildlife photographer, they make me want to crawl into a hole and burn my equipment! WOW!

Anonymous said...

The photos don't need any adjustments. They look great! Nice job.

Steve B said...

Hi Sharon, Dragonflies have a habbit of returning to a favorite landing spot. But I know what you mean, that is why you don't see too many butterflies on SMU!

Thanks Joan, I saw your SA dragonfly post yesterday! Great minds think alike!

Hi Arija, They are!

Thanks Robin, but I don't think that your solution would bring much joy to anyone.

Thanks for visiting Anonymous.

Roy said...

A great selection of very clear macros Steve. Pleasure to see them.

Abraham Lincoln said...

These are excellent photos. I have not seen any that are any better.

The Early Birder said...

Stunning shots my friend. Love the 'face' on the Blue dasher.

Steve B said...

Hi Frank, Yah, he seemed to be shaking his head at me as I was taking the picture.

Thanks Abe and Roy, I'm glad that you take the time to spend a few moments here.

TonyC said...

Good job Steve. What lens were you using for these? you always seem to such clarity and intensity in the colours.

Steve B said...

Nikkor 70 to 300mm, Tony. Just a FYI, I don't mess with saturation or color curves. I'll do a little sharpening and exposure correction if needed. These required no exposure corrections. I was using center weighted for most of them.

Mary said...

WOW, Steve, these are absolutely amazing!!!

floreta said...

wow, these are great shots. i love dragonflies.

Barb said...

Steve - Amazing photos showing the dragonflies' gossamer and iridescent qualities. A special macro lens? Do you use a tripod?

Steve B said...

Hi Barb, All hand held and shot with my gear.

beetlesinthebush said...

Very nice photographs!
regards--ted

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

What a beautiful work out there! Truly enjoyed!!

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