Website News - ( Updates and New Features

A warm welcome to my website news page. I will endeavour to keep this feature updated when new content is available. The newest items will the at the top of the page, the oldest being weeded when appropriate.

The news items will be accompanied by the appropriate links which will take you to the relevant section of this website or elsewhere on the web.

A cold winter and a late spring

After one of the longest and coldest winters of recent times the odonata season, by my reckoning is between two to three weeks behind normal, this is borne out by my photographic records from previous seasons.

I was encouraged by a very warm and pleasant April which allowed the waters to warm up and allow some catch up; however a cool and cloudy May has dampened these propects somewhat. I am now seeing the first signs of life (07/05/10) and have observed several early season species in either their teneral or immature form. Lets hope it warms up very soon and that we all enjoy a fruitful season.

The Nikon D300 Mini Review

I purchased a Nikon D300 at the start of the of the 2009 Odonata season. I have taken about 10000 images so far and have retained just over 800, many of which appear on this website.

The D300 has now been replaced by an upgraded model, the D300s. I have to say that the differences between the two models are generally small, with a few enhancements here and there. The D300s how has a movie mode which I would not use in my chosen field.

To start with the menu took some time getting used to, as it has many more features than the Canon DSLR's that I had been using. However after some field work these differences became second nature. The D300 has 12 million pixels which allows for some creative cropping on 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.

I intend to do a fuller review on both the camera and the lens in due course, both of which I would thoroughly recommend to the odonata photographer.

New Dragonfly and Damselfly Larvae Narratives

The First Anniversary of Dragonfly Images

On 10/11/09 this website was a year old and managed to attain 44000 visitors. For any of you out there who have started their own website attracting visitors in large numbers can be quite challenging.

Many hours have been spent optimising the site and getting a listing with the major search engines. I am relatively pleased with the first years performance and hope to gradually increase traffic throughout 2010.

My Top 10 Images of 2009

A BBC Country File Top 50 Wildlife Website of 2009

Dragonfly Images was included in the BBC's Country File top 50 wildlife websites of 2009. It can be found in the bugs section by following the link below. This was a very pleasing accolade, especially in the websites first year.

Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification Guides

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