Sunday, August 2, 2015

Slaty Skimmer action shots

Today, for those of you that have ventured over to SMU, I have some Slaty Skimmers for you. First up is a male shot with ISO 250.

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Next up is the very same bug shot later at ISO 1250. What what I thinking? ISO 1250 for a dragon shot?

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Well I had a reason. This male was guarding his territory and this was his favorite place. It was hanging over the edge of a slow moving stream. He was guarding a female that he just mated with as she was ovipositing, which happens in the blink of an eye.

The image below is the the shot that I like the best. In order to overcome the technical challenges, I shot these without flash, ISO 1250, 1/3200 of a second. That’s why the above shot was at such a high ISO. Yet the detail remains.

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Just to give you an idea of how fast this happens, here are three consecutive shots taken as fast as the camera would go.

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©2015 Steve Borichevsky

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I’m just having a crap photography day.

I’m getting some good shots this year…but not today. It all started at about 7:30 as I was getting out of the shower, I spotted a large dragon that landed in the hedge. I put my binoculars on it and got fired up because it was one that I did not recognize!

So I headed out with my camera only to find that it was gone. I heard my family of tricksters (my name for House Wrens) in the spruce tree. So I took a pot shot and got this image before it scolded me and took the kids into the deep brush. 

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Okay, it’s dragon season and it is hot and sunny. A perfect day to shoot bugs. I went to a place that I had high hopes for only to find that the dragons are not cooperating. I am getting good dragon images this year, but quite frankly the number of dragons that I’m seeing this year is W-A-Y down, perhaps because of the brutal winter we just survived.

This Ruby Meadowhawk is blowing raspberries at me from high up in a tree.

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©2015 Steve Borichevsky

Here a Pearl Crescent is hiding from me.

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Perhaps if I take a bad photo of an Eyed Brown, I can break the bad streak.

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Nope. Some days a diamond, some days a stone.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Zap

A little view of the front yard as a storm dropped down from the north west.

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Be sure to visit Skywatch Friday this week.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Female Meadowhawks

The first two dragonflies are Autumn Meadowhawks that were shot here in Essex County, Massachusetts.

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©2015 Steve Borichevsky

This is dragonfly is most likely a Ruby Meadowhawk.

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American Goldfinch

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©2015 Steve Borichevsky

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

And just because I cannot help myself, here is a female Blue Dasher

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