It has been very windy here in Oklahoma lately, so I have been spending very little time in the field. It took 63 images this morning to get one half way decent image of an Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly (see NEW WORK gallery) - thank God for digital capture. In the days of film, this would have been impractical. I have posted some additional images that have been created over the past month and can be found in the same gallery.
When the wind is blowing, I usually begin capturing 'static' images of whatever catches my eye. For example, I was on my knees photographing some mushrooms this morning, when I happened to look up underneath a ledge of sandstone that was above me and found to my surprise several hundred "Daddy Long Legs" clustered together. This creature is not a true spider but is a member of the arachnid family. This is one of two images - one wide view and this one the close up.
The image was captured with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor AF-S18-70/3.5-4.5G @ 70mm with ISO @ 100 and f/8 @ 2.5 seconds. I adjusted the WB a bit warmer to bring out the color of the sandstone, then added some contrast and clarity in Lightroom 3.5. A very slight amount of sharpening was added before uploading the image.
One thing that I noticed was that all of them held their bodies as close to the rock as possible, although for some this was an impossibility due to the crowding.
The lesson here is that if you are patient and observant something to photograph will eventually present itself regardless of the conditions, in this case the wind had driven me to look for other interesting things to capture.
I was looking through some files from February of last year when I came across this image I had taken of a snowfield along Route 66 just north of town. I have always been fascinated with the various forms that windblown snow takes: somewhat reminiscent of images one sees from Antarctica. I will leave you with this image until the next post - TGW
Captured with a Nikon D200/MB-D200 and AF-S Nikkor 17-55/2.8G ED @ 22mm @ f/22 @ 1/100 second @ ISO100. No processing.