Dragonflies are awesome. I spend a lot of time at rivers and lakes photographing birds – and many times dragonflies come and check on me. Like little helicopters hovering in front of me, saying hello and disappearing again. I love their variety, colors and behavior.


I am not an expert in dragonfly identification, I assume the first image shows a mating Southern damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale) couple.

Nikon D7000 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/4.0, 1/3200, ISO 320

I love that background of this one. It’s shot against the sun http://retofuerst.com/backlight/.

Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/8.0, 1/4000, ISO 1000

The beauty of photographing near lakes is the variety of colors. In this image the background is a mixture of water, reflection and lake plants.

Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/8.0, 1/1000, ISO 250

Nothing special, I like the lines and the smooth background.

Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/8.0, 1/4000, ISO 2000

This is a handheld 500mm shot at f/4 and look at how sharp it is. That’s crazy. If I could take it again, I would certainly slow down a few stops but still this guy turned out awesome.

Nikon D750 500mm f/4.0 | 500mm, f/4.0, 1/4000, ISO 1000

Let me know your thoughts

I hope this article was helpful for you. I will keep going through my archive and keep sharing my thoughts. If there is anything you are looking for, please let me know and I try to find examples to discuss.

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