Green darners (Anax junius) are a common dragonfly, but a difficult subject for photography because they are always on the move. Once a year or so I see one land. My luck has been that I find them pretty scrubby settings that don’t make a good image. This one was no exception, perched on the ground in mixed brown and green grasses. I had the added problem of harsh morning light from a clear sky.
This dragonfly was newly emerged and willing to sit still. I got a quick record shot, and then I was amazed to see the dragonfly sit still as I shaded it with a diffuser. Going in close with a tripod-mounted macro lens at a pretty wide aperture (F6.3 here) and the diffuser to soften the light, the background isn’t that intrusive. An exciting moment to get this close a look at one of these cruisers!