We made a trip to the Botanical Gardens this afternoon to catch the last day of the Ginger Bread House display, and to visit the butterflies. We had a lot of fun, and I learned several things – photographically speaking.
1) When the venue says tripods aren’t allowed, prepare for frustration. It is possible to shoot small subjects close up with a macro lens by hand, but very difficult. Particularly when the small subjects are mobile. The number of shots I had to toss was far higher than I like.
2) The 100mm macro lens is great for non-macro shots as well. While it has less reach than my 70-300, it is far faster. It proved a worthwhile trade off in the iffy light inside the glass house.
3) I should take better notes as to the subjects I’m shooting. That way I can label my images something more intelligent than “brown butterfly” or “fidgety bird #3”. 😉
Speaking of Brown Butterfly, here’s the shot of the day:
As well as Brown Butterfly’s cousin, Black and Red Butterfly:
As I mentioned we were at the Botanical Gardens. While the majority of my time was spent shooting the birds and butterflies, there were in fact a variety of flowers – also known as butterfly food.
While we went to the Gardens specifically for the butterflies, we were surprised by just how many birds there were. I haven’t spent much time photographing birds, but I’m fairly happy with some of the shots I got. While most of the birds were somewhat skittish, this little guy seemed just as curious about me as I was about him.
His friend wasn’t quite as patient, and took off mid shot. While his rapid ascent caused him to be slightly blurred, the girls love the shot anyway because of his spreading wings. I may have to spend some time working on bird shots and see if I can duplicate this without the loss of sharpness.
There are a few more shots up on Flickr in the Botanical Gardens set if you would like to see more. I don’t have all of them posted yet, and will add some more in the next few days.