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Taracticus octopunctatus

Taracticus octopunctatus
Muttontown Preserve, Nassau County, New York, USA
July 15, 2013
Size: 8 mm +/-
Reminds me of a tiny robber fly.

Moved from Robber Flies.

Shot of the superb robber Taracticus octopunctatus.

Thanks for the ID.
Thanks for the ID.

A brief commercial.
Rich, you may want to try a monopod. Most of the time, I can't get a decent image without one. Slik Lighty Pod III - if you can get past the name! - is a decent, light, inexpensive one with the ball head you want.

Not that I was looking to car
Not that I was looking to carry more stuff around, but I made a note and will keep it in mind. Thanks.
Image stabilization - what a crock! What does that do???
I have taken a lot of shots in the last couple of months, and have correspondingly multiplied my crappy ones. I do admit to being disappointed with a lot of them. The problem is I like to go light and cover a lot of ground, and sometimes I do get great shots just by matter of shooting everything 6 times. I also think that as I move past the more common things, the remaining subjects are smaller and more difficult to observe. I note that lots of stuff in this category will allow me one shot then departs forever. Just part of the challenge I suppose.

Quick take: Shoot even more.
Jay Barnes says he routinely takes 40-45 shots for every keeper. I think that's extreme, but his images are way better than mine. I keep around 15% of what I shoot.

ok, that is a little extreme.
ok, that is a little extreme.
I'm probably a little less picky than your percentage. I have to pay better attention to breathing and lens support. Actually think about it more.
I had a birding friend who was in Churchill, Manitoba the first time they discovered Ross' Gull breeding there. He shot an entire roll of 36 exposures of Kodachrome FILM on that. And people thought he was crazy.

Moved from Flies.

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