Hey You With The Tripod
I had planned on getting out this morning, but circumstances put that on hold until late afternoon. Given the short time I had, I chose Medina River Natural Area (MRNA) in San Antonio, Texas. It had been a few weeks since I’d been out there and I wanted to see what was up.
Holy cow was it hot. I was sweating like an IRS administrator at a Tea Party rally. I was so glad the Camelbak was full of ice water, quenching my thirst as I went along. I could have really used a cold Gatorade at the end, but oh well, those are the breaks. In retrospect I probably should have grabbed both my flash and my extension tubes. But i failed at that level of preparation. An old boss of mine called that a violation of the 5 P’s: Proper planning prevents poor performance.
But all in all the performance was not poor. Just the opposite. I had some really nice images today of a narrow variety of damselflies. Blue-fronted Dancers, Blue-ringed Dancers, and Powdered Dancers. I saw a Clubtail of some sort, a couple of Common Whitetails, and what was probably a Red Saddlebags, but not a one of them would perch for me. Darn it.
I also had a brief discussion with the park police regarding the fact I was in possession of a tripod (in spite of the fact that there is no rule or regulation prohibiting them). That will be a blog post for another time.
About the Image:
This is probably my favorite shot of the day. This beautiful Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) was nice enough to find a perch for me with good light and a great background. The Standard Gear was used, minus both flash and extension tubes. Tech data was ISO 400, 1/320 sec at f/13.