I don't usually visit at this time of year so it was a good surprise to see loads of species i normally will not see in the winter time in here :)
My plan was to use a set of extension tubes on a 100mm macro lens to shoot some close ups first , then full body shots later but as it turned out there where so many butterflies to shoot, i ended up swapping around all day!
Here is a phone shot of the "house"
My first shot was of an "Indian leaf" butterfly feeding, shot at x2 magnification. 3 frames focus stacked in photoshop by hand on layer masks to increase depth of field.
Here is a different "leaf" to show its wonderful camouflage, yes its on my hand!!!! it actually fed on my hand for over 20 minutes while i carried on shooting! i had placed my hand on a banana while shooting the close up image , so plenty of remnants on skin :)))
Next species to shoot in close up was a "blue morpho" butterfly, quite a large species which normally stays still for long periods which allows good focus stacks to be shot. 14 frames hand held this image!
I took the extension tubes of and started shooting full shots, using higher iso to keep shutter speed high enough to prevent motion blur. the butterflies are placed on a large shrub after emerging and i found this beauty hanging after recently emerging. a 2 frame focus stack.
Here is a Ithomid butterfly, a close relative of the Heliconids. iso 640, f6.3
Another shot from inside the house!
and this was shot in the lower right hand corner from above image.
There had been a very large white butterfly fluttering around and eventually i found it resting on the ground, it turned out to be a "white morpho" firstly i shot a natural light focus stack
then a close up with flash, focus stacked.
Here are just a few other species that i shot
An Indian leaf butterfly showing alot more colour than the camouflaged under wings
There were quite a few Swallowtails fluttering around feeding on the flowers, i managed to get this shot but did shoot alot of frames to get just 2 in focus images!!
And another couple of feeding shots :) This is a single frame , frames would not align for a focus stack, it was moving too much while feeding! haha
Shot with flash & higher iso to balance background light to prevent a black background caused by flash fall out.
Another phone pic showing another part of the area by the boardwalk
Here is a beautifully back lit species, love the light through the wings:D one of my favourite images of the day:)))))))
A few more "Indian leaf" shots,this one on my hand, they do vary in colour alot!
The Glasswing is one of my favourite butterflies , so hard to shoot! another of my best shots of the day:)
A Final artistic shot :))))
all shots Canon 5d2 and 100mmL macro