Pink Phalaenopsis

Pink Phalaenopsis Orchid

Orchids are amazing photographic subjects. And this pink Phalaenopsis is this week’s favorite. I captured this image in the conservatory at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. The color was a show stopper, it was so intense you absolutely had to stop. (more…)

Butterfly Courtship

Silver Spotted Skippers Mating

Today’s image is an example of butterfly courtship.  It’s one of those shots where it’s all about the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time. And of course remembering to have a camera with a macro lens.  (more…)

A Few Flower Photos

Yellow phalaenopsis orchid

Keeping it simple today, just a few flower photos, but done a different way. These images were all done with a telephoto lens.  The first and last images in the series were done with a 70-200 mm lens along with an extension tube to allow a super close focus.  Those shots are focus stacks as well.  The middle shot was just grabbed in the moment.  Just because your lens is too long, go for it anyway. (more…)

The Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail

Black Phase Swallowtail

This guy is one of my favorite photographic subjects, the elusive Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. In my universe there is nothing more enjoyable than walking through a garden, camera in hand, trying to capture a great image of a butterfly. They’re both beautiful creatures and challenging subjects. The thing is, even if you don’t get an amazing shot, it’s still a great way to spend an afternoon. If you are persistent and patient, soon or later you’ll bag a good shot. (more…)

Butterflies at Home

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Shooting butterflies is one of my favorite ways to spend time with a camera. They are beautiful and fascinating creatures that rarely cooperate with a photographer. Butterflies simply do not understand or care about the photographer’s needs.  They refuse to position themselves against a clean background, they decide to fly away at the exact moment you have the shot framed perfectly and they have no concept of the photographer’s depth of field concerns. (more…)