Sunday, January 9, 2011
Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Natural History Museum
There were some very large ones with bright blue wings which were beautiful. However when they lit they would never open their wings and on the undersides they were dull brown and very unremarkable. It was very much like the jewelry shoot that Debi invited me too last week. Once you get involved you learn that it is specialized because… and that generally there is special equipment that greatly improves your changes. The first thing I learned was that there was no way I could handhold well enough to get sharp photographs. I was able to use the pop up flash and stop down enough to eliminate ambient light for the few that I got that were keepers. As I told Debi, I want to go again but this time with off camera flash.
The weather in Houston today was pretty lousy so two and a half hours inside photographing butterflies was a very enjoyable pursuit and I greatly appreciate the invitation.