Another view of Damselflies (Five Photographs)

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Damselflies are small flighty creatures, only slightly less flighty when in an amorous embrace (which they can maintain in flight). To get the best shots and depth of field you need to be side-on to their display to get the heart shape. It’s a test of many skills. For a very long time I wanted to focus my photography on a particular subject and to take many photographs as I could until satisfied that I had captured my subject. Projects like this one have led to many of my SmugMug galleries over the past three years. Setting goals, having personal projects, restricting yourself are very satisfying ways to go the extra mile. The many photographs I took to get these five shots would have been financially impossible in the film era choosing the best took longer than editing the five finals and writing this article (but it’s all time well spent).

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Flycatcher (Two Photographs)

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These cute birds are what some call bush birds, seldom venturing out from the inner bush or trees long enough for you to get clear shots. You can see the effect of this in the first photograph where the bird’s nose coincides with a stalk of grass. In the second, leaves in a tree surround the bird and there appears to be a halo at the top of its head. It is an overlapping leaf. The first photograph could be fixed in Photoshop with ease and the second with very careful work. Matter of taste if any of that fixing is worth it. I prefer the first photograph and have decided not to fix it. Both examples show one of the challenges that faces photographers of small birds in the wild (as opposed to feeders). Finding the bird and putting your eye on it is only the first step.

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Thread-Waisted Wasp

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This began as photograph of a pretty bush of flowers until the wasp arrived, then I fumbled about trying to get a good shot of this beast flitting around. The thread-waisted wasp is one of a family of nasty wasps, nasty to caterpillars and other insects but here it looked like an acrobat or cat burglar. In a season where great opportunities have been few, this photograph brightened up my mood in the midst of a rainy, damp and unusually cold week.

Heron Majesty

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I have taken a lot of photographs of Herons and more will appear on this blog. Around our way they are the king of birds and many people will spend hours chasing them or waiting for them to pose. There is a bit of “been there done that” when a subject is popular. I know some people who pass common subjects by thinking that every possible photograph of that subject has been taken. Creative photographs are still being taken of the Eiffel Tower. I think the challenge is in making it your own, taking the opportunity and seeing if you can do better. Just because you and a million others have photographed something does not therefore argue against trying. You might just catch that catfish you were looking for.

A Bug

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I have no idea what kind of bug this is (in spite of my many guidebooks). I just like the way some insects emerge in photographs like this one does out of the background. The opportunity does not come often but when it does I make the most of it, underling the mystery for most of us about this aspect of the world around us. It would be relatively easy to take more clinical photographs, but I find trying new things is often worthwhile.

Evil Green

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There seems to be a certain light in which you find a plant that makes it looks positively evil. I seem to have stumbled on that situation more than once. The complexity and detail of the flower, the repetitive patterns in the details and the chaos of the whole stood out in a row of carefully planted flowers. There can be a fine line between photography of inanimate objects and design. By our composition we design our photograph. We see designs in the objects we shoot and we emphasize the details, by light, perspective or other means to make that object special.

Skipper (two photographs)

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When the skippers come out you know that things are in bloom. This year they were one of the few types of butterflies we saw in numbers and one of the first signs of summer insect life. These butterflies often stay close to the ground. They can be frightened away by a shadow or so engrossed in feeding that they ignore you. On very hot days skippers can seem frantic, flying hither and yon before exhausting themselves. Their numbers grew over a period of weeks and one specific day in July, they were everywhere we walked and in the mid day heat they raced all around. It was real delight and at the height of season for these wonderful creatures, I got my fill of photographs.


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