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Monarch Resting On Coneflower in Front August Garden



Out of the cocoon the butterfly seeks out food from the nectar of the flower. One of the most popular is the coneflower, I saw three flying around this small ...
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Out of the cocoon the butterfly seeks out food from the nectar of the flower. One of the most popular is the coneflower, I saw three flying around this small garden.
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photograph was taken in my front garden at the front of my house. At the time I used the macro facility of my video camera to bring me in close. It is not easy to achieve as the closer I got the more likely the butterfly was to fly away.
Time
The time of day was during the afternoon. I walked by the garden and saw several monarch butterflies fluttering about. I could not resist getting several shots of these butterflies as they moved quickly from flower to flower.
Lighting
The lighting was not perfect as the sun can be harsh in the afternoon. Yet the shadows and high lights balanced out and the colour contrast of the shot came through better than expected for the time of day.
Equipment
I used a Sony Handycam to take this photograph in photographic mode. The camera shot I made while holding the camera. I trained myself for a steady hand as tripods for shots like this would disturb the butterfly while being setup and then shot would never be made.
Inspiration
The inspiration for the shot came from the beauty of the butterfly contrasted with the surrounding colours of the plants and flowers in the garden. The cornflower made this Monarch butterfly stand out.
Editing
I did little post processing in this case as the shot came out the way it should.
In my camera bag
Usually I have two prime lenses, one Macro lens and on the camera most often my travel lens. I also bring along extra batteries and memory cards. Cleaning equipment for the lens is also essential. My favorite is my travel lens as it gives me a great wide angle shot and can zoom in close. I find my telephoto lens bulky for everyday use, and changing lens can make me miss a perfect shot.
Feedback
Be prepared. When shooting nature the subject moves quickly and in its natural surroundings is wary of people and their cameras. Life for butterflies and coneflowers are short. One day the flowers shows its beauty and the next it has vanished. The same with butterflies. You must catch the moment now, for the next time you look it can be gone for this year, perhaps for all time.

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