Golden Boy

This is the first installment in a series of themed posts featuring photos of Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted while photowalking Huntley Meadows Park during Fall 2014. All individuals are males, as indicated by their coloration and terminal appendages.

One of my overarching goals this fall is/was to shoot pictures of my favorite species of dragonfly against a background of autumn foliage. The color and clarity of these photographs is enhanced by using an external flash unit to add “fill” light.

… the real secret of wildlife photography is fill flash. Fill flash is one of the key techniques for easily improving wildlife images. Electronic flash improves the color balance of the image, improves color saturation, fills in dark shadows with detail, adds a catch light to an animal’s eye, and may help increase sharpness.” Source Credit: Wildlife Fill Flash.

Please view full-size versions of the following photos in order to fully experience the glorious shades of autumnal color that make these images pop.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

14 October 2014

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

14 October 2014

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

14 October 2014

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

14 October 2014

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

17 October 2014

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3 Responses to “Golden Boy”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Reblogged this on Mike Powell and commented:
    It’s hard enough to find the stunningly beautiful Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly, but fellow photographer Walter Sanford set the bar higher this season by seeking to capture them against a backdrop of colorful autumn foliage. Check out his amazing results.

  2. Amy Says:

    Incredible capture! The full-size versions are stunning! Thanks for sharing. Thanks to Mike!

  3. Top 10 Photos of 2014 | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

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