This will be the next to the last entry in our January challenge. I am submitting this one.
It was taken at White Rock Lake… my “happy” place! I was wandering along East Lawther looking for something to shoot near the lake but I was not one bit inspired. I finally decided to head back to the car and explore another area. On the way, there was a gully with a little water in it and some reedy things growing. As I approached for a better look, something bright and shiny caught my eye. It almost looked like the sun reflecting off of chrome but when I got closer, I realized it was actually the stripe going down the side of a tree frog. You cannot imagine my surprise! I took a few hand-held shots but I was not very steady and went back to the car and got my tripod, in hopes that the frog would still be there.
When I got back with the tripod, the frog was not only there but there was also a little cucumber beetle on the leaf. By the time I set up the tripod, the little beetle started climbing onto the frog and that is when I got this photo. I call this my “best shot” because of the element of surprise resulting in an emotional attachment to the image and also because I recognized my shortcoming in hand-holding the shot and was able to get an in-focus shot of this unexpected activity between the beetle and the frog by using my tripod.
This was shot at 400mm, ISO 250, f/ 7.1, 1/800 sec, and minus 1/3 stop compensation.