The Eyes Have It

There is very little that is sharp in this image but I think that puts all the attention on the amazing complex eyes of this southern hawker dragonfly. This species is innately curious and was hovering to take a close look at me beside a pond in Ravenroost Wood, Wiltshire. I used a 300mm lens wide open at F/5.6 to get just the head in focus, a shutter speed of 1,000th second to freeze the movement of the head (though not the wings and body), ISO 800 for correct exposure and quick reactions to get my focus point over its head before it flew away.