Taking a walk through Brick Pond Park in my hometown of North Augusta, SC is one of my favorite ways to spend a morning or afternoon. I usually bring my camera with me as there are often birds, alligators, and other wildlife to see and photograph. On the day I took this photo there seemed to be no wildlife activity, so I thought my camera would go unused. Then I realized I had been ignoring the many dragonflies that were darting back and forth all around me. They turned out to be a fun subject to photograph.

Occasionally, they would land on the bare, slender branches of trees lining the ponds’ edges and sit there completely still. This gave me time to experiment with different compositions. Opening the aperture of my telephoto lens to its widest setting isolated the dragonfly and branch and also rendered the pond in the background as a nice mix of soft colors. The evening light illuminated the dragonfly’s translucent wings, giving them a warm glow.

I captured this photo using a Nikon D600 camera and a Nikon 300mm f/4 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.