In flight capture...
There are two insects I always enjoy capturing more than any other - butterflies and dragonflies.
Both of which always make great photos, although the dragonflies are a lot harder to capture given they are so much quicker and land a lot less.
This was a sunny August Bank holiday weekend in Blackpool, visiting Family and I was taking a walk around a local nature reserve to see what could be found - with my Auntie Wendy (not a photographer) and Uncle Dave (very good photographer).
Between much laughter and jokes we did stumble across a whole range of wildlife...but when we were near some of the pools on the reserve we spotted this magnificent dragonfly hawking across the pond - and he was flying in a set path back and forth...
Now if you have never seen one of these insects, they move incredibly quickly, always changing direction and are incredibly hard to capture.
I had my macro lens on my camera to capture the detail required - but try as I might the camera simply would not auto focus on the subject....so I switched to manual focus...and tracked him across the pond a few times.
Once I had his path sorted I tried a few times with no joy, but on the 3rd time I nailed it, perfect focus manually - something I was and still am really delighted with.
Looking forward to trying some more this coming summer, most dragonflies emerge around from May onwards.
Thanks for reading - hope you are having a good day whatever you are doing