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February 13, 2017
Robber Fly (Saropogon hypomelas)

© jmillerphoto.com – Robber Fly (Saropogon hypomelas)

Technical Details
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f/4 IS USM L w/1.4x EF Extender, ISO 400, 1/200 sec at f/14
September 2016

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February 9, 2017
Curve-billed Thrasher

© jmillerphoto.com – Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)

Technical Details:
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-63 (Gen 1) @ 600 mm, ISO 400, 1/500 sec at f/8
Rockin’ R6 Ranch with Butch Ramirez
February 2016

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February 5, 2017
Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

© jmillerphoto.com – Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Technical Details:
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f/4 IS USM L w/1.4x EF Extender, 1/640 sec at  f/11;   ISO 800
July 2016

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February 2, 2017
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

© jmillerphoto.com – Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

Technical Details:
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-63 (Gen 1) @ 600 mm, ISO 400, 1/640 sec at f/14
Rockin’ R6 Ranch with Butch Ramirez
February 2016

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January 29, 2017
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula)

© jmillerphoto.com – Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula)

A quick note… Life and work has me incredibly busy.  I have been on a 6 month sprint, and almost none of it has been photographic.  So for now, as I try to ease into more writing, I’m going to do quick photo posts of what I’ve been processing lately.

Technical Details:
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-63 (Gen 1) @ 350mm, ISO 400, 1/125 sec at f/7.1
April 2016

Life Still Gets In The Way…

July 24, 2016
Male Blue Dasher perched on dead vegetation in South Texas

© jmillerphoto.com – Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

So I had every intention to write a quick blurb on Wednesday to keep the streak of one post going, but of course life is what happens when we’re making other plans.

That being said, it is hot… really hot… in South Texas right now.  I did go out last weekend and made some shots out at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center (MLAC) in Bexar County, Texas.  But that was a mighty quick trip outside as the the combination of heat and wind made for a miserable dragonfly experience.

The upside of the trip was that I added a species to my “I’ve seen it here” list for MLAC.  That would be a Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis).  When you’ve made as many trips out to MLAC as I have in the last few years (easily 3 dozen by my estimation), to add a new dragonfly species to that list is unique and welcome.  Of course it was too far away to get a good shot of it, but what the heck… Maybe I’ll get luckier next time I’m out.

I was luckier with more common dragonflies, with Blue Dashers, Eastern Pondhawks, Four-spotted Pennants, and Red-tailed Pennants being the most likely targets.  I did come away with a species count of 11, which all in all is still not a bad day.

So this weekend has been spent trying to catch up on household tasks.  Most were your the usual suspects of keeping a house up and running.  But a little out of the ordinary was that I needed to recalibrate the monitors.  It had been months because my last one (Spyder4 Pro) started to act weird during the calibration process when I picked up my third monitor.  But I’ve had that one for a number of years so I figured it was time to replace it with a Spyder5 Pro.  Wonderfully easy process and now all three of the monitors look outstanding.  The only problem I had with the entire process was I had to move my monitors closer to the computer because the cable for the Spyder5Pro was too short to get to the monitor that was furthest away.  Definitely a First World problem.

Back to the grind tomorrow, but by all accounts it should be a slower week.  Of course, now that I just said that…

About the Image:
This Blue Dasher was one of the better shots from my trip last weekend.  It was shot off of my Standard Gear for insect work.  ISO 400, 1/320 sec at f/13 were the camera settings.

 

 

And the busier weeks…

July 13, 2016
Robber Fly (Efferia snowi)

© jmillerphoto.com – Robber Fly (Efferia snowi)

Friends, I have been one busy, busy person.  I recently described my life to a co-worker as being a plate spinner trying to do his craft while the floor has been covered in olive oil.

As you can tell by the lack of entries for the last few months, blogging has suffered.  I’m hoping to get back onto the wagon blogging again, making at least one evening a week to catch up on writing to share my images and where I’ve been shooting.  Not many secrets here…

It isn’t like I haven’t been shooting.  Shooting is what keeps the blood pressure and stress levels in check.  I just haven’t been taking the time to write about it.  With my shoot this past weekend I’ve marked 24 days in the field so far this year–just nine fewer than all of last year.

Speaking of this past weekend, I spent a very hot morning up in Austin making images at Southeast Metro Park, a Travis County park that is due east of Austin/Bergstrom International Airport.  I made some great images of a number of dragonflies, but the highlight of the day were a pair of very cooperative robber flies.

Robber flies don’t get a lot of love.  They’re all pretty darn ugly.  They’re flies.  And none of them have “common” names, meaning that if you’re Latin adverse you’re not going to have a lot of fun keeping track of them.  And there aren’t really any good paper guides like dragonflies and butterflies have acquired over the last few years.

But they are sure fun insects to work with.  The Efferia snowi that leads off the post was a robber fly I had never seen before.  Someone on Facebook said it looked like he had sprained his tail and somebody wrapped him with athletic tape.  Wonderful species and I got some great shots.

Perched male Eastern Ringtail dragonfly in Central Texas

© jmillerphoto.com – Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus)

I also ended up seeing 10 species of dragonflies, with good pictures of 7 of them.  My favorite was this image of an Eastern Ringtail.

Overall I added 14 images to the portfolio from this trip, bringing the running total up to 478 “keepers” in the library.  This is also the first trip where I’ve managed to finish up harvesting all of the keepers out of it since a shoot I did in February.  Did I mention I’ve been busy?

About the Images:
Both of the images were made off of the Insect Standard Gear.  The camera settings on the Robber Fly was ISO 400, 1/500 sec at f/13.  I wish I had maybe closed down the f-stop one more stop, but the wind was pretty wicked and I was hoping for sharpness.  The Eastern Ringtail was made at ISO 400, 1/500 sec at f/11.  Wind was a bigger issue on that shot, but everything worked out okay.

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