Soft Landing, Hard Target

Briar Richard

Denham Springs, United States

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Artist's Description

Blue dasher
Pachydiplax longipennis (male)

Photographed on July 7, 2011.

It’s easy to tell which pictures you want to capture the most. They’re the ones that instantly give you the warm and fuzzies, because you know they have the potential to spark the biggest rush you’ve had in weeks.

When I saw this beautiful dasher land on a rose that looked like fluffy pink pillows, I knew I had to capture it. So I readied my tripod by widening the legs for a low enough shot to match the height of the dasher. From over ten feet out, I was on my knees and hunched over, slowly rocking side to side to hold balance between by lower body and the outstretched tripod. I had to keep a low profile and move slowly enough not to startle him, but I also had to be swift enough not to miss the window of time closing before me.

Then I found an angle just right of center and set the tripod down, gripping two of its legs to give a downward push for a solid footing. I clicked my f stop up as high as I could, which registered at f/3.5., used auto focus to zero in on his head, and exhaled for the first shot. With the Joker’s smile on my face, I snapped two more shots before relaxing, which startled the little guy into an abrupt return to the mosquito swarms.

I guess it wouldn’t have been as dramatic if he’d remained there any longer, in which case I’d have taken 100 leisure shots instead of a precious few. What a rush!

Nikon D90 (on tripod)
Tamron 90mm macro
ISO 100

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