Category Archives: Technical

Week 9, #45 Full Edit (Technical), Tiger Longwing Butterfly

Full Edit-1.jpgHere is another photograph from my recent trip to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.  This beauty is a Tiger Longwing Butterfly.  This photograph was great straight out of the camera, but I decided to add my touch to it in post.  I increased the saturation slightly, added some clarity and contrast, did a small crop, added a vignette, and some lens correction.  My favorite part of this image is how you can see the butterfly’s proboscis (tongue) curled up.

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Week 8, #25 SOOC (Technical), Swallowtail

SOOC-1.jpgI recently visited the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.  I thoroughly enjoyed the warm, humid environment and the many butterfly species found there.  I spent quite a bit of time observing and photographing them.  This image, a black and red Swallowtail (I believe), is SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera).  It is one of my many favorite images from that day.  I love the pop of the red against the black as well as the pink flowers that appear to be glowing in the background.

Week 1, #5 Macro (Technical), Spiny Orb-Weaver

DSC_2160First, I must apologize for being tardy on my first post!  I’m never late.  I was always taught that to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is simply unacceptable (thank you for this lesson Mr. Reese).  With that said, I was out of town most of last week so I will be playing catch-up this week.

This little guy is a Spiny Orb-Weaver.  They are everywhere outside my condo.  I’m terribly arachnophobic and the bright red spikes on these give me a bad case of the heebie-jeebies.  So what could possibly be better to help you get over your arachnophobia than doing a set of macro photos of this guy in the wind?!?  Yup, you read that right.  I went out on a rather windy day, got up close and personal with my macro lens, and watched this spider sway closer and closer to my head….

The wind made it a bit difficult to capture a good photo that was in focus, but I got two really good images.  This one is the winner (thanks to my hubby for helping me decide).  This was only the second time I have ever used my macro lens, so I’m still learning, but I think it was a success!