Weekly Theme - Shallow Depth of Field

by Bethany Plonski September. 13, 2019 279 views
Celithemis eponina, cheesin for the camera :)

Celithemis eponina, cheesin for the camera :)

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.

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Don Baird 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful photos. Very sharp and great colors. I agree that it is often more about subject to background distance than the aperture. You did a great job of moving around to isolate the dragonfly.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Don Baird 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! It always helps when the subject is cooperative too.smile Glad I caught this one while he was resting!

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Tsao T-F 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful wings and wonderful shot, as always.smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! Their wings are really something to see, especially with the light coming through. smile

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Berckmans Peter 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Very good work. Never seen one like that.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Berckmans Peter 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! I've never seen them until this year either, and it seems like they might already be gone for the season.

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Camellia Staab 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Love all three but most of all love the last one...the intricate design of the wings stand out. I think this year we have had a ton more dragonflies in general,at least in our area. Looking out the window yesterday there were like 10 of them  ( black winged)  flying around the  bean filed behind my house. None were landing, just flying. Which surprised me because I always thought they normally  fly around water of some sort, (so I thought) but a  bean field? And we haven't had rain so....

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! Their wings have such beautiful details up close. And that's really strange to see so many together, and far from water! I wonder what they were up to?

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Russell Smith 8 months, 2 weeks ago

These are beautiful. I love the color contrast green/orange tones.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! The morning light definitely helped with the orange tones.

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Antonio Gil 8 months, 2 weeks ago

When I try to take pictures like yours they never stop smile Great work my friend

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! As Bjorn mentioned below, it seems one of the best times to catch them being still is in the morning when they are warming up.

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Björn Roose 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Great shots again, Bethany. About the sitting still: if you've taken these in the afternoon, you must have been lucky indeed. If you've taken them before noon, it is not that strange. They need quite some time to dry and warm up after sunrise.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! Now that you say that, I'm realizing that all of those lucky instances have been in the morning. Yet another reason it pays to wake up early for photos! smile Good to know.

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