Up here on the mountain, the summer sky is filled with dragonflies. They all seem to be heading southward; swimming and bobbing in the warm air currents like corks in a choppy sea.

Ever try to photograph dragonflies in motion?  Their unpredictable flight makes panning difficult and nearly impossible for autofocus to follow.  So, this week’s entry into the weekly photo challenge is a bit of a cheat. To compensate for a slow shutter and no motor drive, this week’s image is a montage  — slices of video taken  in the camera’s movie mode.

TRAJECTORY OF A DRAGONFLY — After a fashion. Dragonflies don’t really fly in an arc or a straight line. Their flight path is more like that of  a bad day at helicopter pilot school. 

Other interpretations of this week’s challenge:

and, of course, check out the weekly challenge mother page

12 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: Movement

  1. Thanks for the link! Have always liked Hockney’s portraiture and thoroughly enjoyed seeing his work again. Appreciate the inspiration this morning. Thanks for the visit.

  2. I like it. I’ll have to give that technique a shot some time. I really love the effect.

    1. Thanks! After two days of frustration trying to catch one in pixels in flight, this was the only way I could think of to capture him. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting!

      1. Thanks. It wouldn’t surprise me if GoPro had a dragonfly mount – they seem to have a mount for just about anything. 🙂

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