I was very pleased with this image as in my experience being able to capture both sexes of the Golden Ringed Dragonfly, is a very difficult task indeed.
The male can be a very common sight however the female of the species is a far rarer specimen, especially when perched in an accessible spot.
Often they can be heard ovipositing by the sound of their wing beats before a sighting is made.
This pair were very obliging indeed and perched quite happily at head height and seemed unaware of the lens.
The challenge was to obtain a view which captured the most detail of both sexes whilst at the same time preserving the depth of field.
I believe I have just about achieved my aim which was a tall order. A broad depth of field setting was needed to preserve an overall sharpness.