I’ve written before about how many times I often snap the shutter on my camera to make sure I get the photo I want. Digital photography makes that a cheap insurance option and gives me lots of images to choose from when I review them later. However, I don’t always get the opportunity for multiple shots.
I had my camera out for a walk a few weeks ago, and while I was photographing a bee, I noticed a bush katydid on the prairie clover flower next to me. I swung around slowly and squeezed off exactly one shot before it flew off. As you can see from its camouflaged body, there was no hope of finding it again, so I had to move on. I figured there was no chance the one shot I’d taken was sharp, well-composed, and correctly exposed for light, so I just forgot about it. Imagine my surprise when I was looking through photos later and saw this….
Sure, I could brag about my lightning quick reflexes and fast thinking, but the truth of the matter is that this image came from mostly blind luck. I had been planning to take a series of images to get multiple angles and compositions of the katydid, but most importantly, to ensure that I got the eye in sharp focus. Instead, I got one shot that just happened to turn out just fine. I’ll take it!
Many of you, I’m sure, will remember information I’ve passed on previously about how katydids can be distinguished from grasshoppers by their antennae length and how they hear through the tympana in their “elbows”, but in case you’ve forgotten, you can read about that in a post from earlier this year.