Day 175 Part 2 – Twelve-spotted Skimmer

While lazing on my patio this afternoon, I spotted what I have learned is a spotted skimmer, a male twelve-spotted skimmer to be exact (thank you, Google). I’ve been seeing these dragonflies all over this spring (I guess it’s now officially summer) and have never been able to capture one in focus until today. Of course this is cropped because this guy was perched far up in my neighbor’s ornamental pear tree atop a dead twig.


Focal Length 300mm
ISO 100
WB Fair Weather
f/11
1/125
Cropped

Day 175—Warm Colors

As I left the grocery store this morning, I was intrigued by how the late morning light played on the exterior stucco walls so I took a few shots at various angles. When I got home and looked at the day’s challenge theme, which is “warm,” I realized my serendipitous find seems to meet the challenge since my local Bel Air Market is painted in what I consider to be warm colors. And, in yet another serendipitous event, I once again failed to change my white balance setting which was left over from yesterday afternoon’s clouds, so it was set to cloudy instead of fine weather. But, as it turns out, that just gives a bit more warmth to the colors. When I was framing the shots I tried to keep the sky out of the frame and invariably I moved and there is a bit of sky in each of the 6 shots I took this morning so I cropped it out to eliminate the distraction.

Focal Length 50mm
ISO 100
f/7.1
1/800
WB Cloudy
Cropped

Focal Length 50mm
ISO 100
f/7.1
1/800
WB Cloudy
Cropped