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Recent Processing: 2022 Week 4

February 1, 2022
© Jim Miller – Eastern Forktail (Ischurna verticalis)

Eastern Forktail (Ischurna verticalis)
Cherry County, Nebraska – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
Tripod

ISO 400, 1/400 at f/13 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1124
Image Size in Portfolio: 3114×2491

Week 4 of 2022 started with revisiting a trip I made to Valentine NWR near Valentine, Nebraska during the summer of 2020. This was day 8 of a 9 day road trip and the 6th day on the trip in which I pulled the camera out. As this day would drag on, it was the longest day of my 9 on the road with almost 450 miles on the odometer. I would visit 3 NWRs over the course of this day: Valentine NWR, Fort Niobrara NWR, and Lacreek NWR. I didn’t have the patience or the energy to do a hike that might have gotten me some images at Fort Niobrara NWR. I didn’t have any light when I got to Lacreek NWR. But Valentine NWR worked out okay.

This Eastern Forktail was one of many flying on this small pond (you can see another one in the background). Had I done better research in the places I was going, I would have known that I was really early in terms of flying dragons and damsels. The early fly date for Eastern Forktails in this county is June 18th–I captured him in a countable number of hours before the early fly date. Most of the others don’t emerge generally until July. Good note for the next time I contemplate a trip like this.

© Jim Miller – Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Cherry County, Nebraska – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
Handheld – Car Window

ISO 400, 1/125 at f/18 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1125
Image Size in Portfolio: 3492×2794

This is a shot that is a portfolio shot, but more because it is a bird that I don’t have and it isn’t too bad as opposed to “Wow!!! This shot is great!” This was effectively handheld in the car, but kind of with the window bracing. It is one of the shots that convinced me that I needed to buy the window bean bag (which, sadly, I think I’ve kind of used once).

© Jim Miller – Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Cherry County, Nebraska – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
Tripod

ISO 400, 1/400 at f/11 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1126
Image Size in Portfolio: 3807×3046

This marks probably the fifth or sixth different state that I’ve gotten an image of a Blue Dasher at. For those that are new to the blog, Blue Dasher was my gateway drug for doing dragonfly photography, with my first (and still only) cover shot being a Blue Dasher shot at the Water Lily gardens in San Angelo, Texas. This was shot very early in the day on the eastern side of the refuge before starting to work the west side.

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

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Cherry County, Nebraska – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
Tripod

ISO 400, 1/400 at f/13 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1126
Image Size in Portfolio: 3986×3189

Same Red-winged Blackbird from my 2022 Planning post earlier this year. He ran out of patience with me, told me about it with volume and energy, and then moved on.

For now, that finishes out my day at Valentine NWR, though there may be some more goodness in there if I looked hard enough. I will occasionally go back and do a second harvest on a photo shoot. There were 370 images made at the NWR, and another almost 100 at the other spots I stopped at. I only got five portfolio shots from it and really only four that I was genuinely happy with. There are some other dragonflies in there that weren’t in the best locations or presented with the best poses that I might go back and grab later. But for now I can mark this shoot as processed.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2022 8:52 am

    Beautiful.

  2. February 1, 2022 12:00 pm

    The blackbird is stunning.

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