A Dew-covered Start

A short break from my recent road trip, while I keep busy downloading images and editing them :o)

Yesterday morning, I made a trip to the nearby natural prairie to see what has changed since my last visit, almost 5 weeks ago. As I started my hike across the prairie, I saw this cute little male Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) that was perched on a grass blade, covered in early morning dew:

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly male

As he was covered in small, dew droplets, he was unable to fly. This allowed me to set up my tripod and capture a series of 14 extremely closeup images for stacking in a focus-stacked software program (Helicon Focus):

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly male

Besides this little gem, I found several new wildflowers blooming … I’ll share some of those in another post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/6.3 (top image) and Aperture f/3.5 (bottom image)
  • Shutter 1/10 sec. (top image) and Shutter 1/20 sec. (bottom image)



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