Butterfly Conservatory in Key West

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This guy years ago had a store where he took farmed butterflies after they died, and made art work. Amazing stuff. We bought one butterfly encased in lucite, but he has one made of dozens in a swirl pattern that sells for $3k that is just awesome. it is 36" across. Anyhow, he went from a small store to having an aviary out back with trees, plants, birds and of course butterflies. I had the h and 17-55, da boss hadthe D100 and nifty fifty. I didnt bring my flash, coulda used it as it is all natural light, mostly shade:

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shoulda stopped down more, but I was handholding and wanted fast shutter speed as I was shooting in awkward positions bent over.
 
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Nice images, Harris. I agree that more DOF and flash would have helped, but you got the focus on the head and the images came out nice anyway. Maybe this will create some LLD for a Macro lens????
 
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Very nice shots Harris. I'm not sure how much better a true macro lens would be unless you just want to get only the head. These are excellent.
 
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thanks Don and Frank. I was thinking a true macro lens might be a fun addition to my bag for times like this.

I was pleased considering the lighting, and large aperature settings.
 
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Harris,

I am certainly enjoying my new macro lens. It allows me to sneak in a few minutes of relaxing shooting when I don't have time to go down to the pond or somewhere else to find the birdies. You really should look at:

200 Nikkor (AF and MF versions)
70-180 Nikkor
180 Tamron
180 Sigma
150 Sigma
105 Nikkor
90 Tamron
60 Nikkor

I have seen excellent shots with all of these. In addition, a couple of Cafe members have posted some awesome shots with reversed lenses. Might want to check them out as well.
 

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