The BUTTERFLIES and FLOWERS + Lightroom workshop ended today, and I was blown away by the fabulous images everyone created. Each person created exquisite images each and every day.
In addition to the great photography, we had lots of laughs and a really good time. For me, that is all part of what photography is all about. Sharing what you love with others, enjoying and celebrating what each person creates, and enjoying each other's company. That is why I love running photo workshops and tours so much.
This image was an up close and personal, eye to eye view. The butterfly was very cooperative, stayed on this plant for quite a while, and tolerated my getting closer and closer.
I shot this with a macro lens, and was careful to focus on the eyes. When you get in close to your subject, depth of field becomes quite shallow and it is important to decide what should be sharp in the image and then focus on that. Since my intent was to have this shot essentially be a butterfly's view of another butterfly, it was important to be at eye level, and for the eyes to be sharp.
I did some tweaking in Lightroom to darken the corners and to saturate the colors a bit.
1/125 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 800. Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens on Canon 5D Mark III body. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun." --Randy Pausch