Winner of the 1rst prize from the photography contest at www.naturephotographers.net online magazine, category Macro. http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0105/je0105-1.html
How did I do it? I spent lots of time observing them first and noticed that they had a path that they were following more or less. I saw this dragonfly hovering on the place for 2 to 4 seconds then moving away, coming back to more or less the same spot and again hover for few seconds. While it was away I sit there and waited. when it came back I was ready for it. I just had enough time to focus on it and take the shot and it was gone. I used the flash as fill in and that helped to give a very nice soft light on that harsh sunlight. Fortunatly Canon camera can do high speed sync and I could use 1/1000s with the flash to freeze the motion. I got lucky to get the dragonfly in a perfect position where the wings are at their sync point. It was taken from about 4 feet distance with a 80-200 F2.8 L lens and a Tamron 2x standard teleconverter. As you can see here is another shot of the same dragonfly taken just 2 minutes ealier with a slower shutter speed: http://www.pbase.com/zylen/image/34322132
From this other image you can see that the dragonfly is the same one from the markings as dragonflies have unique markings that can serve to ID them. Some people suggested that the dragonfly was dead and it was a setup, NOT SO! if you look at both photos you will see it's the same one and very much alive it was! you can see motion blur on the wings on the other photo shot at 1/500s.