I thought that I would offer everyone a little change of pace from what I previously presented this week. Between a portrait session and a meeting with a perspective client, I dropped by the Houston Museum of History. I wanted to see what was new at the Butterfly Collection. Since Chloe is in school full time now, I do not go to see the butterflies as often as when she was not in school—she loves the butterflies!
For this photo I was presented a perfect situation—beautiful green, soft leaves and a black and orange butterfly gently perched on the leaf. The only technical problem was putting a little extra light on the butterfly. I chose to use a snooted flash so that I could control precisely where the light was falling.
I must thank the butterfly, he/she was very cooperative while I dialed the level of light I was hitting him/her with. I took about 15 photos before the butterfly flew off. This one was pretty much what I wanted.
Camera settings: Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm at 200mm with an extension tube attached, shot at ISO 200, f/7.1 and 1/250th of a second with snotted Nikon SB-800 hand held to the right of the camera and triggered by Nikon SU-800 using CLS.
Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, clarity and cropped image.