Category: Macro World
Our garden at my Kozhikode home is an excellent place for chasing birds, butterflies and dragon flies. During our stay at Kozhikode, during Vishu, I spent condierable time at the garden and terrace expecting to find some colorful fauna.
The first good spotting was a Dragon fly - a Common Picture Wing female. It even stayed at this twig (of a tulsi plant) for a while and allowed me to get close enough for a frame filling shot. I used the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L macro lens for this shot, handheld in Av mode at f/6.3 and ISO-400 for a 1/125s exposure.
The damsel visited our house in the night and was hovering around the tube light at the sit-out. This, I believe is a Pigmy Dartlet (I guess, a male) and the bright green was too cute to ignore. I picked up the camera once again and mounted it with the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L macro lens. It was hovering around the tube light and I used the pop-up flash as fill and used a manual mode exposure of f/6.3 and 1/200s at ISO-800.
One of my friends was asking if a Damsel fly is a female dragon fly! Infact, I too had this doubt for a very long time :) But for now, here is a female dragon fly and a male damsel fly!