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Saturday 13 February 2016
By Ron Caimano
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The Tree Nymph Butterfly

You can easily find this and hundreds of other butterfly and moth species at the University of Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Rainforest. If you decide to go, there are few things to keep in mind. This is a high screen enclosed space. Butterflies usually don't like to fly if it is colder than 65 degrees. When they do they will usually come down from the higher parts of the enclosure to sun on the plants or walkways. 

I learned to photograph butterflies from one of the very best in the country, Jim Urbach, who is a highly recognized nature photographer. Thank you Jim for all the help and sharing of your knowledge.

I always use flash and shoot in manual mode. Not only does it enhance the color but helps to freeze any motion that may be caused by you or the butterfly. We tend to blame it on the butterfly!

With the exception of a couple of Saturdays each year tripods are not allowed.

It's always best to photograph them perpendicular to the wing. If photographing from above be perpendicular to the open wings. Since this is a macro shot pay close attention to your depth of field. I am usually at f8 or f11. If you have a macro  lense you are in business. Jim has been gracious enough to allow me to borrow one when we go. If I go alone I use my Canon 70-200 2.8 with a Canon 500D macro lense attached. It works quite well.

Here is the link: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/index.php/exhibits/always-on-display/butterfly-rainforest/visitor-info/

Enjoy and have fun. Please leave a blog comment if you wish

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