To: POP Editor
I really appreciated the article on butterfly dos and don’ts (You Can Do It, April 2008). I recently visited the new butterfly garden at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington. I know there are many other such places around the world as well. It’s like shooting fish in the proverbial barrel there. Hundreds of beautiful butterflies everywhere just begging for you to take their pictures.
I didn’t get any in-flight shots, but I did take about 200 photos in one hour. I never realized what texture a butterfly’s wings have until I looked at my photos. Attached is my favorite, shot with my Nikon D70, Tamron 28-300mm Macro lens Exposure 1/400 sec at f/6.3 ISO 400. Shot in RAW and then cropped and adjusted slightly in Adobe PhotoShop Elements 5.