The images in this post were taken at the weekend at Stithians and The Lizard. All were taken with a Sigma 1:1 ratio 105mm F2/8 lens. I took about 200 shots of at least eight species of dragonfly, half hand held, half on a tripod. The latter method easily outweighs handheld in terms of in-focus images. The drawback with a tripod is manoeuvering the tripod close enough to the insect without scaring it. However, my obvious preference is to use a tripod every time.
The image above is a Common Darter taken a distance of about three inches.
The image above is an Azure Damselfly resting on Sorrel.
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary using a tripod at a distance of about six inches.
Common Blue resting on a young fir tree in dull light. This individual allowed close approach to about four inches. A tripod was used.
EXIF Detail: Aperture priority. Ap F/10. ISO 320. Shutter speed average 1/160s. Exposure 0.oEV.