I’m black in the saddle again.

Like the Singing Cowboy Gene Autry sang, I’m black in the saddle again. OK, maybe more like blue-black — either way I’m back baby!

18 AUG 2020 | JMAWR | Slaty Skimmer (male)

The preceding photo shows a Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula incesta) that was spotted during a photowalk with Michael Powell near Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR) in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a mature male, as indicated by his coloration and terminal appendages.

This is the second photo I shot at the outset of the photowalk — the first photo was a little too dark because the external flash power ratio was a little too low. Most external flash units work with most cameras as long as the flash is set for Manual mode. Some trial and error is necessary to get the proper exposure. 1/16 power is a good starting point — that way the best power ratio is usually no more than two- to three stops away.

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3 Responses to “I’m black in the saddle again.”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Nice shot, Walter, and thanks for including the link to the Gene Autry song–I haven’t heard that one in a very long time. I grew up watching lots of Westerns like the Rifleman, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza.

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