Having spent the winter longing for the spring, the time to review last season's efforts made me change my MO this year. My main priorities are seeking out those species I've yet to get a photo of, improve on those I have and check out new locations.
I'm also resisting shots if the pose is wrong, the background unattractive or the sun (or subkect) is in the wrong place. Not wanting to come home empty handed means I'm looking at my options more. For instance, I spent a great deal of time just waiting yesterday - spent an hour on my belly immersing myself in the acrobats, fighting and courtship of the Beautiful Demoiselles in one sunny, sheltered patch which just so happened to have a few 'perfect' perches around.
Not that they used them!
But the point is I'm spending more time observing than taking photographs - for which the former can only be beneficial for the latter Perhaps more importantly it can result in a perfect moment. That perfect moment yesterday was hearing what I can only describe as a 'clunk' in the reeds about a metre from where I was focused.
I switched my gaze to the area of the strange sound and up popped a fresh & recently emerged Golden-ringed Dragonfly, rising almost vertically out of the reeds before finding it's wings and soaring off into the distance.
I so wished I had been focusing the camera a metre to the right.....