Ruddy Darter Male
It was my second visit to the Decoy Heath nature reserve. After lunch I went to a different, much larger lake some distance from the first one.
I spent quite a long time with this individual, Sympetrum sanguineum , who was clearly patrolling his territory. He was in superb condition.
Shots of perching dragonflies usually have twiggy bits of dead wood or stems of emergent vegetation in the background. These tend to give moderate highlights in the image and various degrees of cropping are required to minimise these. I have done this with the single frames, the originals being present in the stereo pairs.
I was very pleased with the performance of the lens, careful use of the AF having been essential.
The stereos are crosseye. They are best viewed by leaning away a bit.
Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Panasonic 100 - 400mm Leica DG Vario-Elmar at 400mm at 1/160 to 1/500 and f10 or f11.