Aug 112013
 

damselfly 1768

Here is a surprise.  Dragonflies and Damselflies are aquatic insects, yet they can be found in the Sonoran Desert when there is a source of water. I found this one when the wash flooded last month (I’m behind on my photos).  Since there are no fish to eat them, they can be successful in the desert.  Not only is a damselfly more dainty, but it is distinguished from the dragonfly by the way its wings are folded over the body.

I processed this one using Topaz denoise, clarity (masking out background) and then restyle.

 

 

Sep 092010
 

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/1000; 100mm; 7:24am (Canon SX10 on tripod)  Aperture preset: Public Enemies Opening Scene with saturation painted on the scorpion.

To be honest, I did not see this baby scorpion until I started looking at the pictures that I took this morning.  Wish I had noticed it because I could have worked on getting a cleaner photo of the this tiny, but dreaded creature.

I decided to use an August theme because none of the September  themes seems appropriate.

Aug 212010
 

ISO 80; f/4; 1/640; 5mm; 7:18am; Super Macro Mode in Canon SX10

I hope you can see this tiny ant.  I think he has some attitude, just sitting back enjoying the sun, taunting me… because he knows his brothers were nibbling on my  feet.  We truly have an ant problem.

Jun 302010
 

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 100mm (Tripod; Cropped for focal point)

You have to see this one enlarged to really appreciate it.  I took this yesterday morning… when I noticed the moths fluttering around this Velvet Mequite tree … little did I know just how many had joined the party!

I’ve been working on using my tripod… getting comfortable moving the camera on it and finding my shot.  Quite a bit different than trying for the macro and supermacro shots in which it is very easy to find the subject matter, just have to get close enough.  What I have discovered is that with the zoom lens, it  is just another way to get a macro shot… but with a some safe distance between me and the subject. Also, easier to take a photo with sun against my back without causing a shadow to fall in the wrong place.  Or as I learned it this photo… getting stung by a wasp.  I’m fairly positive that if I didn’t have the telephoto lens, I’d never have been close enough to take this one.

Jun 132010
 

ISO 80; f/5 1/40 5mm in Macro mode; 6:54pm

Our friends Mike and Debbie (with the green thumb) came over the other evening to show us this catepillar.  I took at least a dozen photos… actually was trying to figure out the best trick for Macro and Super Macro modes. Almost reverted to using the old camera; finally resorted to reading the camera book. Whadda ya know…. finally figured out how the focus on the macro worked.

Anyway, I used the theme “dozen” because I stole a page out of Tammy’s book and counted the body segments.  I could also call this one “green.” Continue reading »