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St. Martin Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Farm

St Martian

For the past two years during our annual meetings we took the opportunity to include photographing some of the very interesting areas we had the opportunity to visit.  Most of the images were taken with the Sony NEX-7 camera.  I find this camera is best when traveling to places where I am not sure of what will greet me when I get there.  This camera is smaller and lighter than a DSLR and the only lens I use on this camera is a Sony 18mm to 300mm zoom lens which works well for me in pretty much any situation.  The camera has some nice features.  For landscape it has a Scene setting which is supposed to keep the whole scene in focus.  It does a pretty good job doing that but sometimes I find the close part of the scene may be a little blurred.  It also has a panoramic setting.  What I like about this setting is that it allows one to zoom into the scene before scanning for the panoramic.  I have another small pocket Sony that also has a panoramic setting however it does not allow one to zoom into the scene before performing the panoramic scan.

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Butterfly I

Butterfly II

Butterfly II

One of the most interesting places we visited was the Butterfly farm on St Martin.  The one thing I learned here is that even in an enclosed butterfly friendly area it is very difficult to take photos of butterflies. They don’t seem to want to settle for long periods of time and when just when you get in close proximity and in focus they take off.  However my photography partner seemed to have her way with them so with her help I was able to capture a few good photos.   The most difficult part of photographing these beautiful insects is that the background can be very distracting.  That was in fact the case with these photos as well.  It required a quite a bit of post capture editing to remove most of the distractions.

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Butterfly III

Butterfly IV

Butterfly IV

Post capture editing for these images was completed using both Lightroom and NIK Software.  I really like working with these images.  They allowed me to get may creative juices really flowing.  What is really great about what I do is that every time I work on an image I learn something new.

Butterfly V

Butterfly V

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