TO CATCH A DRAGON FLY

One day I was walking my dog around the neighborhood when I noticed dragonflies flying all over the place. I don’t remember seeing this many dragonflies so I wondered if maybe this lockdown thing has lowered the levels of air pollution and nature is having a party. Thankfully I had my phone with me so I started taking photos of the ones resting on plants. The photo above is my favorite as this specific dragonfly intentionally sat still while I was photographing it. I even moved my phone as close as five inches from it yet it never flew away. Best animal model one could ever ask for. I also love that it looks like it’s on flight but it’s actually resting on a branch. Photos were taken using my iPhone 11 Pro Max.

CAMERA SHY

Yesterday I attended a photography workshop to learn basic photography techniques from setting the camera correctly in manual mode to photo editing using Photoshop. The class will run for four (4) Saturdays and started yesterday with a discussion on the appropriate f-stop, aperture and shutter speed settings to use in various light conditions. The session included walks around the historic and picturesque Sailboat Bend neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where we got to play with our cameras in both sunny and shady environments. The activity allowed us to switch on both settings while working on our individual photography styles. Our instructor took us to this wooded area beside the river and instructed us to photograph whatever caught our attention. As my classmates went about with their photography business, I noticed a squirrel quietly nibbling on a tree trunk just a few feet in front of me. None of my classmates noticed the squirrel and I didn’t want to call everyone’s attention then scare it away so I quietly adjusted my camera settings and started clicking on my cute litle subject. The squirrel eventually noticed my presence and it went leaping from one branch to another fleeing farther away from me. Before it eventually made its final dash, it hid behind a branch before looking straight back at me with just one eye and only half of it’s face exposed. I didn’t know if it was telling me to go away or it was just posing peek-a-boo for me one last time. Overall it was a productive day spent with fellow photography enthusiasts and a very knowledgeable instructor. However, the best part of the entire exercise was the opportunity I got to make a camera shy squirrel to pose for me and my camera.

Below are the other photos I took during the class:

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