This week I toured the “Butterflies in the Garden” exhibit at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. A few dozen species of butterflies from around the world fluttered and lighted upon exotic trees, shrubs and flowers in the newly renovated two story arboretum. The day was cloudy and the lighting was somewhat dim in the fully glass enclosure. With my subject stationary and the depth of my subject shallow I tried to keep my aperture close to 9 to keep as much of my subject in focus as possible.
Excited parents and children and helpful volunteers all anxious to share their own pose worthy butterfly spotting added to the excitement of trying to photograph as many different species as possible. My lens was a 70-200mm on a Nikon D810 body. For this little zebra stripped butterfly I used an ISO of 2263, F-stop F-9, exposure time 1/400 sec at a focal length of 135mm.
This is a lovely Asian, Scarlet Marmon Butterfly that I found sitting like a little gem above the lime green foliage. I used an ISO of 3200, F-stop F-9, exposure time 1/400 sec at a focal length of 135mm.
I loved photographing this beautiful Paper Kite Butterfly among the emerald green banana tree leaves. ISO of 1131, F-stop F-8, exposure time 1/400 sec at a focal length of 135mm.
Zebra Longwing from Central America
Tiger Longwing from Central America