Hope you are having a great Saturday! With spring getting closer and the weather starting to turn around I thought it would be fun to post some of my butterfly photography. This would be a sort of primmer to get us thinking about warm spring days, long walks outside and enjoying nature. Butterfly photography is both a lot of fun and techinically a little more challenging. I usually always mount my DSLR onto a monopod, set my camera so that it will ramp up my ISO to keep the shutter speed at a minimum of 1/125 second, and shoot with the aperture almost wide open. By doing these things I can maximize my chances of getting a tac sharp image. Personally, I always try to focus on butterfly's eyes as I am more concerned with that being tac sharp than the wings.
The digital photographs are processed in both Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Other than darkening the background I tend to do very basic editing with these images, Hope you enjoy!!
On The Edge
This beautiful butterfly wall art decor was photographed at a nearby butterfly conservatory a couple of years ago. I love how both the butterfly and the edge of the leaf is tac sharp. This wall art print has received much attention from both my customers and from others. In 2014 it even won a national photography compeition, but was latter withdrawn from the competition once they informed me that they wanted to retain all rights to the image.
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Here is another photography I made at the butterfly conservatory. I love seeing all the fine details in the wings and leaf. An another advantage of shooting with a wide open aperature is that the background melts away.
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Beauty Without Distraction
The original photograph of the butterfly resting on the flower was isolated in Photoshop CC and placed on a textured background. As a result, the vibrant colours of the flower and butterfly really "pops" off the page.
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What Are You Looking At?
Here is a photograph that I just had to make. I was walking through the butterfly conservatory when I came across this little guy just staring back at me. Even though I took the image a few years ago I still cannot look at the photograph without breaking out into a smile. Are you smiling?
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