Hopefully this counts as shallow depth of field, even though I used a higher f-stop, but I wanted to make sure all of the dragonfly was in focus. It has taken me a while to figure out that in some cases, getting smoother bokeh has a lot more to do with the type of background and the distance between the background and the subject than it does with aperture. For this shot, I had to move around and try different angles until the background would be as soft as I wanted it to be.
This is a new kind of dragonfly for me, celithemis eponina, called "Halloween Pennant" because of the orange and brown markings on its wings. There have been tons of them by the lake lately, and they all seem to enjoy perching the same way on tall stems.
I'm not sure what it is about dragonflies, but I've had pretty good luck with them sitting still for long periods of time while I take their photos this summer. Maybe all this hot weather exhausts them too.