Thursday, August 31, 2006

CRITTER DAY THURSDAYS -- Goodnight Dragonfly


Blogger micki said...

Today’s the day I go around singing my “Tomorrow’s Friday” song. We’ve done well our first week back to school work. I’m sticking to my schedule except for two late nights in a row. One because I couldn’t get in the tub on time due to heavy lightning storms, and then last night I was watching a documentary on Judy Garland. Most interesting. The girls are working hard to pull an A average for their work for the week. If they do, they are allowed to stay up all night Friday. A new video game, Xenosaga III, arrived yesterday, and they can’t wait to play.

Suby, no worries about the time spent on the video games now that vacation is over. I’ve limited them to ½ hour a day. “But Mom, that’s not enough time, you don’t even know if you’ll make it to a save point in a half hour!”

My reply, “Save point, there were no save points in my day. You played, you died three times, GAME OVER. Now that was a video game.”

This is usually followed by looks of disgust mingled with ‘Mom has no clue.’ Ah, the joys of parenthood.

I was out one evening trying to capture the half moon over the peak of my home’s roof. So, I’m shooting away at twilight, when something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. A dragonfly had landed on the tree branch right above my head to sleep for the night. I moved the camera until he was silhouetted in front of the moon. I had to lower one of the tripod legs a good deal shorter than the others to angle the camera up toward the dragonfly.

I’m glad he chose that spot to rest for the night, as my planned shots came out mediocre at best.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 8 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm lens @ 70mm
13, 21, and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:19 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Absolutely stunning image. Beautiful background colour for the silhouette and the moonlight is beautiful. I love this image.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Great looking dragon fly. I particularly like the branches too. Serendipity is alike and well - and you got a fine shot.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Dragonfly in the moonlight!
Thats so beautiful....

9:16 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Great photo as always Micki...lovely dialogue....I feel as if I was there. Phil

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Love it!!!!!!! The kids and the dragonfly! LOL

I use to have the 1/2 hour rule too! then moved it to an hour when they got a bit older. but if they have issues with grades its gone all together LOL

Actually my oldest has no time limit, but he spends most of his time off doing other things. It is the youngest that has issues LOL he has time limits still!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat photo! Love the bugs/critters.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love this. Well done!

12:23 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Excellent silo..8.25/10

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Thanks to share your daily experiences with us. The photography of libélula is very beautiful, I congratulate to you.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

gorgeous shot micki! i think this is how life/photography works: we do what we plan to do. it's boring. but if we're paying attention, we notice the magical things and get to shoot them silhouetted against the moon. and that's what we really remember.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Nont only did you catch him, you composed the short perfectly!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

oh, what magical words "back to school," my 5 soon to be 6 starts back next Tuesday and as I am the principle caretaker he has been attached to my hip for about 3 months now--we pulled him from school early to get back to the states for June and July--I am so ready to have a few hours to myself, not sure what I will do, oh ya, that is a camera down by my feet; wonderful photo, I like the dark bits at the ends of each of the 4 wings

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Amazing that you caught him...wonderful!.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, this is a beautiful image. What a great capture.

As usual, I love the story that you told. Parent's! They just don't have a clue! My son gets 0 hours of TV and 0 hours of video games Monday-Thursday. He can have some on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday, it's game over at 5:00 PM. :-) Oh, no phone calls during the week either! And he just started high school!

I find that this works best because he doesn't rush through his work to get to those other things. I'm such an Ogre! :-)

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Diya said...

stonishing picture, congratulations

5:55 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

great title. i think the spot he chose for sleeping was perfect. :) love the blues...what a cool silhouette!

my sister plays games on her tv, computer or wherever and will say, "Just a few more minutes til I get to a saving point or I finish this battle." we hear this all the time. i can totally relate.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

This is amazing! I love that blue hue and the silhouettes. Excellent shot Micki!

And thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. I appreciate your continued support very much. :o)

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Paxton Prints said...

Wonderful image!

2:37 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Excellent !!! One of your best shots !

2:54 AM  
Blogger NYC TAXI SHOTS said...

i got to get a shot of the dragon flies that fly in front of my windsheild all day i think they are attracted to the yellow of the cab good shots

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Micki, I am with you on that, in those days, there where no save, you died thre times, game over. Now the games can go on for months, jeezz, who has that much time to be hitting on a joystick?

The shot I like, dark and silhouettey, my type of shot.


6:48 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely colors, nice one Micki!

2:47 PM  
Anonymous TC said...

Great silhouette. Nice one.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Lala said...

Now I know what I have to look forward to with L :)
This photo is amazing.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous suresh said...

wow..lovely composition.. The background color is simply superb

8:28 AM  

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