Finally, a serious look at our friend on the end of the radio antenna of the Miata. That’s the official definition of “very patient” as it applies to dragonflies: a very patient dragonfly is a dragonfly who hangs around while you go into the house, take the short zoom off the Pentax, put the macro lens on the Pentax and go back out to the driveway.
A macro lens is a lens that is designed to focus extremely closely and magnify small objects. Technically, a true macro lens will record a small object at 1:1– the image will be exactly the same size as the original. But that’s a fiddly consideration– just think of a macro lens as an excellent closeup lens. And the very patient dragonfly is definitely ready for his closeup.
Look at his cool compound eyes! And his claws, and the barbs on his legs! And the little hairs on his back! And remember, that’s the tiny little ball on the end of a car’s radio antenna he’s perching on.
Pentax K-5iis and the superb Pentax D/FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro. A lot of people say this is Pentax’s very best lens, and I’m certainly not going to argue.