I was born in Parepare, South Sulawesi, on December 9, 2008. Now, I’m still a pupil in primary school. I really like taking pictures of insects, especially dragonflies and butterflies. I started photographing something at the age of five years, using a plastic camera. I travel to many areas, still in South Sulawesi, to “hunt” dragonflies and butterflies.
My Mom really helped me to this hobby, and I always follow my Dad when he was exploring the forests and various places. Sometimes, I had to leave school, just to “hunt”. My brother, Hawer Diksi Ais, and my sister Deidra Anaye Ais, alternately drove or accompanied me to various regions or locations where I was “hunting”. Sometimes a trip takes hours, even once reached 650 kilometers away, in one trip.
Now, since August 2016, I use a compact camera, and I’ve been taking pictures close to 40 species of Odonata, all in South Sulawesi. When shooting, I can’t use a hand, because my hand isn’t able to withstand the weight of the camera, always shaking. So I use a tripod, making it more flexible aiming object to be photographed. I haven’t been able to use the bayonet cameras.
Observe and learn Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) and Lepidopterans (butterflies and moths) is a pleasant custom, especially if we can take pictures of them. By using a compact camera, I try to capture the various species of insects, especially the group of dragonflies and butterflies. With suggestions from my Dad and Mom, I traveled to various regions, it’s still limited in South Sulawesi, to photograph dragonflies and butterflies.
These small adventures is very pleasant, also full of challenges. Moreover, for photographing dragonflies, it wasn’t easy. It takes patience and skill, which to me, all is still not well. Often, I return from “hunting” feeling disappointed, because I didn’t find a dragonfly or butterfly that I want to take pictures, or because the pictures that I take aren’t so good.
Another problem is not easy for me to known of dragonflies and butterflies, especially to know the scientific names. Fortunately, my Dad and also my friends on Facebook are always helpful. And, through the posts in this blog, I hope to share knowledge with friends and visitors.
Peace for Odes!
Dragonfly photos by Geni Harefa Ais, 2016