Sunday, July 13, 2014
Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale was a delightful 4th of July treat. And, it was a “target rich” environment for photography.
It’s located on the Salt River-Pima-Maricopa Community, where to Native Americans, the butterfly is a symbol of change, joy, and color – a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.
I photographed in natural shaded light with a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 100mm macro lens. Hand held, as tripods would be hard to use unless you had the place to yourself.
A few tips: First off, they keep the butterfly habitat very very humid. Walking into the area with a camera, you notice the lens and view finder fog up immediately. Give it about five minutes, then clean with a micro fiber cloth. Secondly, FOCUS! Focus is a challenge using a macro lens. Some of the butterflies do not just sit there. You may have a moving target. I tried hard to focus directly on the eyes of the insects.
By the way, they also have a small aquarium in the facility. Beware though, because it is hard to focus and shoot in low light.
Until My Next Adventure,
See You On Down The Road!