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2021 Shoots 13-24: The Abridged Version

January 4, 2022

Life got in the way of writing. With some holiday down time in place, here’s a quick recap of the rest of my year.

© Jim Miller – Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) – Portfolio #1119

Shooting Day 13: Ljósmyndir Ranch: This shoot was still a “work in progress” shoot for the blind while we were getting the pond right, and specifically getting enough river rock in place. Thus, most of the good pictures came from places other than the pond.

© Jim Miller – Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) – Portfolio #1100

Shooting Day 14: Ljósmyndir Ranch: Yet another “work in progress” shoot. The best images I have around the pond seemingly all could see the exposed vinyl liner of the pond. A few keepers in the bunch.

Shooting Day 15: Ljósmyndir Ranch: Finally got the pond lined properly. But by then the summer was making keeping water in the pond nearly impossible and there was a lot of moving protein (insects) feeding the birds. 450 shots from the day. Not a single one in the portfolio.

© Jim Miller – Tule Bluet (Enallagma carunculatum) – Portfolio #1074

Shooting Day 16: Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, Arapahoe County, Colorado: This was a new shooting area for me this year which yielded a county record for damselflies. Disappointed that I only made it out there once, but it is on my list of places to go in 2021.

Shooting Day 17: Hay Bales, Elbert County, Colorado: Very limited shooting day, designed specifically to try to capture some landscapes to use as Zoom conference backgrounds. No images actually made it into the portfolio.

© Jim Miller – Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) – Portfolio #1096

Shooting Day 18: Cherry Creek SP, Arapahoe County, Colorado: This trip was meant to be more odonata-centric, but instead I got this wonderful image of an Orange Sulphur. This is an odd shooting day in that it is only one of five shooting days all year that I have fully processed.

Shooting Day 19: Cherry Creek SP, Arapahoe County, Colorado: Interesting day for shooting to include adding a new county record for a Powdered Dancer. But no images in the portfolio yet.

Shooting Day 20: Lincoln County, Colorado: Another new set of locales for me. Three different shooting spots: Doug Kissel Fishing Ponds, Limon Wetlands, and Hugo State Wildlife Area. I’ve identified 5 images for processing and inclusion into the portfolio, but to this point haven’t done a single one. This also will be a repeat trip that will probably extend over a summer weekend. This trip was also the trip where I injured my Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Tripod, perhaps to the point of finally rendering it unusable. That story will be saved for another blog entry.

© Jim Miller – Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 Steam Locomotive – Portfolio #1108

Shooting Days 21 & 22: Big Boy 4014: Two shooting days in eastern and northern Colorado, chasing this wonderfully huge piece of engineering across the plains. So big, so heavy, and so powerful that I had to shoot handheld because the vibration from the train rendered the tripod useless. It has inspired me to try again to get into train photography and my shooting companion and I have identified a number of running steam locomotives to go and see and get pictures of, with one trip planned out to February 2023.

© Jim Miller – Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) – Portfolio #1105

Shooting Day 23: Walden Ponds, Boulder County, Colorado: Walden Ponds is a regular haunt for me, but I’d never been out there in September. Odd light day with light rain interspersed with very bright sunlight. The Great Spreadwing was a life list add for me.

Shooting Day 24: Cherry Creek SP, Arapahoe County, Colorado: Admittedly I went out shooting looking specifically for so-called Late Fly dates. Arapahoe County has a remarkably small number of odonate records and most of them ended in August. I got some images, but I have not processed any of them for the portfolio.

Effectively my outdoor shooting season ended September 18th. Colorado’s weather got cold. Work got busy. I did shoot some outdoor portrait work in October and November and it may influence my landscape shooting for next year–the fall colors were gorgeous.

So here’s to more shooting (and more timely writing) in 2022…

About the Images:
All images were shot with the Canon 7D Mark II.
Bird images were made with the Tamron 150-600mm on tripod w/gimbal head
Insect images were made with the Canon 300mm f/4 IS on tripod

Train image made with Canon 17-40 f/4 L handheld
Various shutter, ISO, and f-stop settings.

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