Pop goes the Cobra!

Good photographers strive to shoot photos that “pop,” rather than ones that are dull and flat. If you look at the full-size version of the following image, then I think you’ll agree with me — this photo pops!

Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphurus vastus) was spotted along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, as indicated by his terminal appendages.

Tech Tips: I carried two digital cameras during the trip to Riverbend Park: a Panasonic DMC-FZ150 superzoom bridge camera plus Canon 580EX Speedlite, my go-to kit for photowalking; as well as my Fujifilm X-T1Fujinon XF55-200mm zoom lens, and Fujifilm EF-X500 shoe mount flash. I’ve used the Panasonic camera for years and know to set the camera for optimal performance. In contrast, every time I picked up the Fujifilm camera I felt like I had no idea what I was doing!

Although I’ve owned the X-T1 for several years, I have used it mostly for studio photography. Now that Fujifilm has embraced high-speed sync flash photography, I plan to continue experimenting with using the X-T1 for wildlife photography. The X-T1 is a very capable camera — in time I hope to become as familiar with it as I am with my DMC-FZ150.

Copyright © 2017 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Pop goes the Cobra!”

  1. Pete Hillman Says:

    Wow! It certainly does pop, Walter! Fabulous capture! What a colour!

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