Yes, I skipped Dragonfly II. Not happy with it. In fact, the dragonfly photos are not working out as well as I expected. I haven't figured it out yet. I'm looking forward to possibly buying an iPad just so I can take advantage of the photo apps available through Apple, which are supposed to be far superior than those offered through Androids.
I haven't exhausted this topic yet. But tomorrow I'll be taking pictures of something completely different, promise! Anyway, the "Don't forget to tip your waiter" award goes to a friend of mine who lives in New Zealand. After seeing one of these photos on facebook a few days ago, he said "Lynne, I usually really enjoy your photos, but I prefer to live my life with no egrets."
I figured out what time the egrets go to bed. At that time, about 20-25 of them fly over, singly or in pairs, one or two every few minutes, headed inland to their overnight place. This one flew just a bit north of the others, which meant the sunlight hit him in an entirely different direction.
My artist cousin has sent me a few notes and messages recently, encouraging me to reach out and do a little more with my photos. I am wary. I don't want to turn something I really enjoy as a hobby into something that causes ANY kind of stress. But because I am so good at ignoring my own advice, I entered a couple of shots in the running for a show that will focus on digital photos with post processing. I'm down with the post processing aspect.
I have 100% realistic expectations and don't expect anything to come of this one except that I will have gained experience with the process. There are applications, and uploads, and detail shots, and bios, and it's daunting the first time. But it's interesting too, and I thrive on the learning experience. I'm actually most interested in seeing what kind of works DO make it into the show. In the meantime, I keep practicing and experimenting.
Part of the workshop I went to recently involved a morning photo shoot. We took in some lovely waterfall views, plus a trip to a view that was used as part of the most famous (I think) example of the Hudson River School of art, Kindred Spirits, by Asher Durand. Finally, we went to an old relic of a Catskills Hotel, a 90-room former darling now on its knees. I'm just now getting around to working on some of the photos I took that day.
Both taken with the Canon, edited on the Galaxy 4 with Pixlr and Snapseed and PS Express, then uploaded again and final tweaks with Ps (CC version). Fun stuff.