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07/12/2004 01:59:20 PM · #1
Here are a few photos I took at the Catawba Science Center's Butterfly Exhibit. I think I dropped the ball on the last one while I was processing it, might need to go back and redo that one. The orange one is my favourite. Those who live in the Hickory Area should definitely check it out :o)

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1/300s f/3.2 at 15.4mm iso 200
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1/100s f/3.2 at 34.5mm iso 200
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1/170s f/3.2 at 17.2mm iso 200
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1/120s f/3.2 at 45.6mm iso 200
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1/420s f/3.2 at 45.6mm iso 200
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1/220s f/3.2 at 27.9mm iso 200

Message edited by author 2004-07-12 14:39:13.
07/12/2004 02:05:11 PM · #2
Those are some great shots.

It looks like they have some fabulous lighting conditions in there, much better then the lighting in the Detroit Zoo's Butterfly House that is.

What shutterspeed did you use to capture these images?

How many shots did you end up taking and not be able to use?
07/12/2004 02:25:56 PM · #3
I was just reading your post about butteflies in the other thread Nelzie :) We are in the same boat I'm afraid... I took about 60 shots and got about 5-6 good ones. I had the same problem with the blur factor. I was so excited, most of them looked great on my camera screen but when I got them over to the laptop they looked like crap. The kids were out of town and I went by myself, so I'm thinking of taking them to see the butterflies and it will give me another chance to use some of the hindsight knowledge I've gained to try and take better photos. This exhibit was outside and screened in, so the lighting was natural although muted from all the screening. I used a polarizer filter because I was afraid all the natural light might make them overexposed. I kept my camera on the Auto feature with macro this time. My next trip I plan to use a faster shutter speed with macro and see what happens. Might use my wide angle lens this time also. I carried around my tripod and used it on the first few photos but those little suckers are so fast there is no way you can use a tripod unless you focus on one area and just wait for a butterfly to land there. I hope my insight helped you some, I will post some more when I go back, hopefully this week.


p.s. going to edit and add exif info to original entry asap
07/12/2004 02:29:02 PM · #4
Cute Photos
07/12/2004 02:31:11 PM · #5
At the Detroit Zoo's Butterfly House, they ask that you not use any sort of Tripod. Honestly, the area really is VERY small, perhaps up to 20 people can fit into the Butterfly Exhibit without to much crowding.

I used a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second and I fear that I should have used a slightly faster speed in order to reduce some of the fuzzines in a few shots.
07/12/2004 03:40:58 PM · #6
Those are great shots, Dana...I love the one on the orange and the second one from the top. Great stuff! :o)
07/12/2004 10:23:23 PM · #7
Thanks for the comment Laurie :)
07/13/2004 04:08:26 PM · #8
BUMP - looking for some tips and/or critiques... I want to go back and take some more photos before the exhibit closes and use any knowledge I gain in this thread to help me better my shots. Thanks for any help you can provide :)

07/18/2004 04:25:41 PM · #9
I LOVE the pictures! I think you did a great job bringing out all the colors of the butterflies in their surroundings!! But then all your pictures are great!! the whole reason I purchased my new camera...now I just have to add some skill to it :)
07/18/2004 09:25:05 PM · #10
Thanks Ro :) hehehe
07/18/2004 09:51:50 PM · #11
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07/18/2004 10:01:16 PM · #12
wow, great shots! I really love the second one. The BGs are a bit distracting tho... any chance on getting some more shallow dof in the digital darkroom?
07/18/2004 10:36:55 PM · #13
I only turned out with one good one so far.
Taken today July 18, 2004 at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago
07/19/2004 02:23:39 PM · #14
Originally posted by Rooster:

wow, great shots! I really love the second one. The BGs are a bit distracting tho... any chance on getting some more shallow dof in the digital darkroom?

and by shallow DOF do you mean blurring the background? or what would you suggest? :) Thanks!

07/20/2004 07:39:29 AM · #15
Lovely photos Dana, captured the beautiful colours of the butterflies perfectly. I took a few of butterflies when I was on holiday with my Sony717, the only ones that turned out ok were where I had enough light to have a faster shutter speed. The best was 1/640 f3.2.
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07/20/2004 06:23:11 PM · #16
Very nice! I got lucky and caught the photo below in a field.

07/20/2004 06:59:12 PM · #17
my first try of the butterflies....just lucky that these butterflies stays for a while since I have my cam setup to aperture priority then.

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07/20/2004 07:30:53 PM · #18
So many awesome butterfly pictures here. This is becoming my favorite subject of photography. Here is my latest picture:

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