News and Views from Dave Wilson

Butterfly Drinking

by on Apr.02, 2009, under Family, Photography

Butterfly Drinking

Butterfly Drinking, originally uploaded by David A G Wilson.

Our main objective in going to Houston a couple of weekends ago was to visit the museums down there. One of the highlights for me was definitely the outstanding butterfly exhibit in the Houston Museum of Natural Science which is housed in a large, glass structure on one side of the building. The space contains a spectacular waterfall dropping about 40 feet from the roof down the center into a pool. This is surrounded by a large variety of rain forest plants with a huge number of butterflies flitting between them.

I spent an hour or so there (Nikki and the boys left for the gift shop well before me) and played with my Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro lens. Lighting was a bit tricky but I managed to get several shots I’m very happy with, one of which you can see here.

My hit rate was pretty poor (about 4 to 5%, I reckon) but given how the insects flutter around and the tiny depth of field when you are that close (about 2 to 3 inches away in this case), I guess that’s reasonable. It all comes back to my firmly-rooted belief that to get a few good pictures you have to take a whole lot of bad ones.

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