The Simpler the Better

I was working from home on Tuesday and decided to make the most of this and go for a lunchtime walk to the village pond as the sun was shining. When I arrived I was lucky enough to see 3 dragonflies! I took lots of photos, as you can imagine, but I’ve realised that although the focus and sharpness is probably about the same for many of them, the simplest ones look the best.

One of the definitions of the word ‘Spare’ (this week’s photography challenge) is “elegantly simple”, so I’m hoping that these shots fit the bill:



Compare that first one with this one which is at a similar angle but is not so ‘spare’ and you’ll see what I mean about the difference:


All the stuff going on in the background detracts from the beauty of the dragonfly. I hope that as I continue to improve my photography I’ll be able to be more picky and just show off my very best ‘spare’ shots and you’ll never even know about the busy shots! 🙂

I also attempted to take pictures of this dragon and his lady-friend while they were flying – with a degree of success, but they’re not as well focused as I’d like.

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For your info these are Broad-Bodied Chaser dragonflies.

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare.

By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


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