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April 11,  2012  Butterfly House  - Callaway Gardens Georgia

Butterfly houses offer great opportunities to shoot these critters but even in controlled environments you are faced with natural challenges. The dynamic of the insect presents DOF issues. A narrow aperture requires more time and these things tend to fly away frequently. Tripods in a public space may be allowed but restricts motion. It takes time to set up and in an instant the shot can be lost particularly when a little kid runs by unexpectedly.

I shot these hand held, wide open with the 60mm lens. I used manual focus and while in the past I may have done better I was generally pleased. The detail of the wing scales is great on the last photo.  The great performance on ISO 3200 allowed hand held shooting with little evidence of camera shake. The lightweight camera allowed rapid compositions and in this light the manual focus was very good.

 

Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 1250



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/60"   F2.4    ISO 3200



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 320



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 800



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 2500



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F3.6    ISO 1250



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F3.6    ISO 640

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