Monday, July 18, 2011
Drops of Jupiter
Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's a time to change
- Tell Me, Train
As you may have noticed from previous shots, I've recently been to the zoo. My primary objective was the butterfly exhibit, a temporary collection of exotics let loose in a greenhouse, and I'd been looking forward to shooting there for months.
I had no idea what I'd be up against.
These are tropical creatures from Africa and South American rain forests, so the habitat was set for 90 degrees and 85 percent humidity. My lens fogged up. Sweat stung my eyes. Misters kept going off unexpectedly, threatening my camera with ruin.
Plus, the butterflies refused to pose, preferring to float and flutter in a completely inconsiderate and unpredictable fashion.
In short, I was grumpy and distracted and frustrated. Nearly all of my hasty shots were out of focus, and I came away feeling like I'd been well and truly roughed up.
Still, a few images were keepers. Now that I know what to prepare for, I'm considering a second attempt. Wish me better luck next time.
There are more butterflies this week at Carly's Monday Photo Shoot: Butterflies.