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Modified 16-Jan-10
Created 16-Jan-10
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Photos and texts by Pascal Sauvé (Kitchener, Ontario)
http://timestop.zenfolio.com

Having obtained my first Macro lens (Nikkor 105mm f2.8 VR II), I decided to take it for a first worthy test run.

The location is the small but beautiful Wings of Paradise butterfly conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario. My advice is to go during the weekdays when there are no school field trips and weekends can get crowded quickly in such a confined space.

Lighting was difficult since it was top/down sunlight or little ambient light and conditions were tropical (high humidity). A living forest - complete with native plants, flowers, birds and lots of butterflies...

High ISO values (up to 6400) had to be used since stopping down the lens (to F16) had to be done since the depth of field is incredibly narrow when shooting subjects as close as 13 inches away but also having to freeze the action (1/125 sec). It also helps to work with a ridiculously sharp lens and amazing camera (Nikon D700).

All shot handheld, these creatures proved to be both a challenge and a wonder as well. I had a lot of fun and i'm very happy with my first results.

Enjoy !

Postman Butterfly

Postman Butterfly

Clipper Butterfly #1

Clipper Butterfly #1

Rice Paper Butterfly #1

Rice Paper Butterfly #1

Silver Spotted Flambeau Butterfly

Silver Spotted Flambeau Butterfly

Lacewing Butterfly

Lacewing Butterfly

Waterfall in Action #1

Waterfall in Action #1

Female Rumanzovia Swallowtail Butterfly #1

Female Rumanzovia Swallowtail Butterfly #1

Clipper Butterfly #2

Clipper Butterfly #2

Green Cheeked Conure

Green Cheeked Conure

Zebra Finch #1

Zebra Finch #1

Rice Paper Butterfly #2

Rice Paper Butterfly #2

Rice Paper Butterfly #3

Rice Paper Butterfly #3

Rice Paper Butterfly #4

Rice Paper Butterfly #4

Blue Morpho Butterfly #1

Blue Morpho Butterfly #1

Zebra Finch #2

Zebra Finch #2

Waterfall in Action #2

Waterfall in Action #2

Colors of a Waterfall #1

Colors of a Waterfall #1

Colors of a Waterfall #2

Colors of a Waterfall #2

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Butterflies
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Bird, Birds, Blue, Blue Morpho, Blue Morpho Butterfly, Blue Morpho Butterfly #2, Blue Morpho Butterfly #3, Butterfly, Clipper, Clipper Butterfly, Clipper Butterfly #1, Clipper Butterfly #2, Colors of a Waterfall #1, Colors of a Waterfall #2, Colors of a Waterfall #3, Female Rumanzovia Swallowtail, Female Rumanzovia Swallowtail Butterfly, Female Rumanzovia Swallowtail Butterfly, Female Rumanzovia Swallowtail Butterfly #1, Female Rumanzovia Swallowtail Butterfly in mid-flight, Flower, Flowers, Frangipani, Green Cheeked Conure, Lacewing, Lacewing Butterfly, Morpho, Nymph, Plants, Plumeria, Postman, Postman Butterfly, Rice Paper, Rice Paper Butterfly, Rice Paper Butterfly #1, Rice Paper Butterfly #2, Rice Paper Butterfly #3, Rice Paper Butterfly #4, Rice Paper Butterfly #5, Rice Paper Butterfly #6, Rice Paper Butterfly #7, Silver Spotted Flambeau, Silver Spotted Flambeau Butterfly, Tree Nymph, Tree Nymph Butterfly, Waterfall, Waterfall in Action #1, Waterfall in Action #2, Wilted Colour, Wood Nymph, Wood Nymph Butterfly, Yellow Centered Hawaiian Plumeria, Yellow Centered Hawaiian Plumeria (Frangipani), Zebra Finch, Zebra Finch #1, Zebra Finch #2, b/w, black and white, branches, finch, flower, flowers, hanging, larva, mid-flight, parrot, plant, plants, stop motion, stop-motion, trees, wall, wilted, wood