Sunday, May 8, 2011

Damselflies at Greenbottom

From about Mile 287 to Mile 290 on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River is an 1,100-acre area known as the Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area. I'll have more to say about it later this month because of something else going on. Today Adam and I went up there to meet with members of the Ohio Valley Camera Club, in particular its vice president, Michael Hensley.

Mike loves dragonflies and damselflies. His Flickr photostream is a great place to see pictures of those little bugs up close. He had offered to give us tips on shooting, and today Adam and I took him up on it.

This is the best of the 100 or so Adam shot today. I did a few, but mostly I let Adam have the fun. By t he time we left, Adam could see those little things far off and track them down and get some shots. He could even tell which ones were munching on prey, which is pretty good considering these damselflies were probably less than 3 inches long total.

I handled the camera settings, Adam did the stalking and shooting and I handled postproduction.

One of these days, we'll have a real macro lens. Then watch out, bug world. We'll be coming.