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FriezeFrameFotos May 24, 2017
Thank you to all whom have stopped by to show their admiration for one of my most favorite photos! :D
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Behind The Lens

This lovely butterfly photo was taken in my backyard! My husband has been (for 32 yrs) the Grounds Supervisor of the Episcopal Church in Palm Beach called, "Bethesda by-the-Sea" (where Donald Trump got married to Melania!). My husband is like having a Master Gardener at home! He has my whole yard filled with inspiring flora & fauna and even a Koi pond filled with Waterlilies and a fountain!
This was about 11 AM that this beauty was able to attract my minds eye!
The best thing about the light for this shot, that helped with the crisp detail, was the fact that I did not have FULL sun on my subject. It was a bit shady in this area of my yard, but it was very open around the bush this butterfly landed on, and I was able to use all available indirect light! This really helped me to have a crisp clear photo. Sometimes the sun changes the color of an object, and direct sunlight (for me), is used like an artist would add FLAIR to a canvas. I know how the sun affects my subjects in the AM, noon, or PM. So when shooting darker shades of flora, fauna, or even animals, I will do them in the early AM light so I maintain definition of my subject. Red subjects do better with evening sun, as do white subjects. :D
I was just walking around my backyard one day with my relatively new Sony Alpha A55v with the stock lens it came with-that's great for portraits. I was shooting many flowers, birds, and bugs! Just trying out different settings on my camera. I followed this butterfly around and around my yard. I guess he/she noticed I wasn't going to do harm, so I was able to get pretty close and I had set my camera to the specific "Portrait" mode. Therefore I could be 4-5 feet away and still maintain clarity and get a bit of gaussian blur on the background!
My yard is a haven for all the little creatures that need some sort of plant for pollination, feeding, or just to "light upon" for a moment of rest. I am always inspired when I walk outside in my yard, and there is just a plethora of beautiful trees, plants, flowers, etc in which to shoot until my heart is content!
I did no post-processing on this photo. I shot in portrait mode, and was just lucky to have the great light .. and for sure a relatively unafraid/friendly butterfly to allow me to get so close to CLICK! :D As I was aiming, I kept in mind how the "rule of thirds" would make my butterfly shot truly more dynamic and interesting!
In my camera bag
My GO TO, is my Sony Alpha A55v. I have the stock lens it came with (mostly use that for the rare portrait shoots I might have), but awhile back, I bought a Tamron 70-200mm lens that I use most of all as I shoot Dressage equestrians and their horses (private and at competitions), and I'm a distance from the arena when I shoot, so I needed a telephoto lens and also the ability to go to f2.8 for stopping that beautiful action! :D
My best advice for shooting the little critters that interact with nature, is for the shooter to have the patience of Jobe! The reason that is truly important, is because patience allows you to just sit and zone out in an area that you eyes are scoping out for just the right a shot. While patiently waiting, low & behold, your perfect light may just filter in! Then as you view your subject, remind yourself about that old familiar rule.. "the rule of thirds"! :D

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