Working through my ignorance with your help.
Nice going! Getting reasonably in-focus pictures of flying insects is generally pretty hard. How many attempts did it take?
About a thousand.:-)
To be honest, I used my Nikon D60 Artillery Piece on macro mode and these were the only two in-flight photos I shot. The thing is just such an incredible camera that it produces great content with ease.
Actually, I think you may have hit on a good way of getting flying-insect pictures: focus on a stationary object (like a flower) that they will be coming to, and hit the shutter the instant that something flies through the plane of focus.
I got lucky. The bee was hovering, or at least moving slowly relative to the focal axis of the camera, so it was able to range in on the bee and fire away before the distance had changed to any significant amount. I'm sure dragonflies would require orders of magnitude more shots.
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