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The Magnificent Four Spotted Chaser

Dragonfly Galleries

A warm welcome to my digital dragonfly and damselfly image galleries website. It has taken many hours of patient stalking to obtain these images.

I firmly believe that taking the images is the easy bit, getting yourself in the best position to do so can be the real challenge.

Some species can be easy to approach and photograph but a few can be very wary and obtaining fine images can be rather taxing. Patience and stealth are the key elements to overall success.  

The images featured on this website were taken in Hampshire & the Kennet Valley in Berkshire, which are blessed with some of the best dragonfly & damselfly habitat in the south of England.

My camera of choice is now a Nikon D300 used with a Nikon VR 105 mm macro lens.

All the images on this site have been taken in hand held mode; if you would like more information, visit the roll out menu above.

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To get the very best out of this website please ensure that your web browser is set to 100% and that you have the very latest version of Flash Player, you can download this direct from Adobe here. The galleries can be accessed from the role out menu in the top left hand corner of each page, just hover your cursor over the desired subject.

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The Red Eyed Damselfly

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The Emperor

Site Content  ( A summary of what can be accessed and viewed on this website ) 

Dragonfly and Damselfly Galleries - From the roll out menu you can access a page for each of the Odonata species found in my part of southern England. Each page contains a brief introduction and a photographic overview of the species. Digital images can be accessed from the pop up galleries by clicking on the thumbnails. An example of a pop up gallery can be seen below, these images represent some of my best work to date.

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Quick Identification Guide - You will find links to each species, the main identifying features of both the male and the female being highlighted

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To start with the menu took some time getting used to as it had many more features than my previous DSLR. However after some field work these differences became second nature. The D300 has 12 million pixels which allows for some minimal cropping to those images that need centre adjustment or where on those harder to approach species a frame filling image was not possible.

I have used the D300 with a Nikon 105mm VR macro lens. This combination is somewhat heavy but has a feel of real quality and is pleasing to hold and use. I have been very pleased with the results from the D300 and the camera does seem to produce lighter and brighter images without adjustments from within the menu.

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These images were obtained by stealth and patience alone, no other non photographic techniques were used. I hope you enjoyed browsing and that you'll return again soon.

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