So, due to circumstances beyond my control (laziness) I did not leave the Atlanta area to shoot… but I did get in my car and go to one of the best locations around for macro work. Because I was so focused on macroing everything I only had a chance to grab a few quick HDRs at the end when I found a stone wall to set my camera on… I did not want to be encumbered by my large tripod when I knew I would not need it for the macro stuff. I want to go back when I get my Trek Tek T-Pod, one of the better mini tripods I’ve ever used. Giacomo picked one up for his trip to Italy and I used it a bit before he left, its sturdy, extends fairly high for a mini, and can compress to easily fit in your pocket or backpack. Having one of those on me at all times will make getting the occasional HDR while I’m out with the macro an easy thing to do. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens recently underwent a large renovation, and as such I was only able to explore a small portion of what is there, but we now have a family membership so I can go back soon, by myself, and take all the time in the world to get the shots. Still, I managed to get a decent HDR and some really cool macro stuff, most of which I will put on my non-HDR blog tomorrow but I wanted to share the especially cool image of the dragonfly on here because, well, you can see his multifaceted eyes! I remember Giacomo spending 30 minutes trying to get a dragonfly shot out in his back yard, with the 70-200 on his 50D… He called me today from Italy and I said, “so remember you trying to get that shot of the dragonfly by your pond? well, today I was at the Botanical garden with my macro and…” at which point he interrupted me to say, “I don’t even want to know how that story ends.” To be fair though, the dragonflies he was trying to shoot were in constant motion, and I was lucky enough to find this guy sitting still while his buddies were flying all over the place.