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Given the choice Id much rather shoot dragonflies on the ground, but there are some species that always seem to be in motion when Im out with the camera. After a few attempts at shooting them in flight, and a lot of trial and error, I found a way to take shots of airborne dragons that seems to work pretty well at least for me Hopefully there will be something in this tutorial that you can use or adapt to your own style of shooting.
I dont have a high end camera so my 40D only has nine auto focus points. Since Im into composing with the view finder and will not allow myself to crop there never seems to be a usable auto focus point the critter is rarely under one of them and the camera is much more likely to lock onto the background. So with the auto focus turned off on a 250mm macro lens (the 180mm L + a 1.4x teleconverter) I set the focus ring on my lens somewhere between the 2 and 5 meter mark the critter is going to have to be close otherw