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Old Mar 2, 2016, 9:08 AM   #1
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Default Butterflies in the Garden event with the 40-150 PRO

........well, I'm not totally happy with my effort shooting the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens show, 'Butterfies in the Garden .. a Mayan Experience', due to inept operator preparedness; I had better results 2-yrs ago with the 50-200, but oh well...........

I mounted a 10mm extension tube behind the lens and used the FL-36 flash (Stofen diffuser). Most of the files resulted in a 'flat', little detail, end.

The conservatory resembles tropical rain forest temp, humidity & light which makes for constant twisting and button punching, scene to scene.

I will go again but leave the extension tube off and perhaps use the Demb diffuser ...

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A super series of striking photographs, Bob. Well done.
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Old Mar 2, 2016, 12:52 PM   #3
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All great shots, like the last one best excellent shot well done.
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Nice shots but the last one is my fave.
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All good looking, I find #3 particularly cool with the multitude of eye spots on the wing.

I can see that there are a couple like #6 where the flash seems a bit harsh, possibly switching to the demb diffuser will help with that.

I take it you don't feel like there was enough light to shoot handheld or with a monopod?

Would macro lights like the MAL-1 or a ring flash be another option?
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Very nice pictures Bob, the 4th shot is my favorite.

I could be happy if those were mine

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I would have been happy winding up with two as good as any of these. Very nice.

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......thanks all for the views & comments. Tripod/monopod are no allowed, handheld is not a problem in most areas but shadows can be dense depending on outside light, cloudy days can be a bit dark in the conservatory.

BTW .. The featured butterfly this year is the Blue Morpho, 3, 5 & 7 above. He butterfly is giant, it's wingspan can be 8 inches .. For the exhibit we saw mostly 4 to 6 inch wings. The Blue Morpho is a 'gentle giant' butterfly and can easily be handled, I crawls onto fingers and hands readily, it feeds at bowls of fruit in the exhibit.
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