In front of the Visitor’s Center at the State Botanical Garden is a water garden full of lilies and pitcher plants. On a hot July day, the water and plants attract quite a few dragonflies that are not all that concerned with people passing by. This particular one had laid claim to a bright red pitcher plant and stayed there for quite a while so I could get his portrait.
I had put my long lens on the camera with hopes of seeing hummingbirds but it turns out that this is a pretty good tool for close-up shots as well. The only problem was that I kept getting closer than the minimum focus distance and had to back up a number of times.
I thought this came out really well since I was hand-holding the big lens and got some fantastic sharpness on the little details like the hairs on the dragonfly’s legs. I kind of wish I had set my aperture a bit smaller to get the whole of the wing-span in focus but I wanted to blur out the background for a smooth look. The green background was provided by a lily pad in the pond behind the pitcher plant.
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S Milledge Avenue
Athens, Georgia, USA
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400