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Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2017 by lilybug1960

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly.
 
Most people that go to Bosque del Apache go to photograph the birds, me included. However when you teach a Macro class and one of your students is the Refuge photographer and a biologist, you never know what you will see. We went out to the cactus garden and she spotted several Western Pygmy Blues flying around the flowers. They were concentrated around a few flowers so the class was able to get a few images. The Western Pygmy Blue is one of the smallest butterflies in the World and the smallest in North America. The wingspan is only 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Amazingly beautiful little butterfly!
 
I used the Canon M6 with an adapter to use the Tamron Di lens because I really like using mirrorless for macro work. When I am having to handhold, it makes getting low easy and quick. Photographing little insects like this the ability to move quickly sometimes means getting the image.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon M6 via the adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster
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A Butterfly with the new Tamron 18-400mm lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2017 by lilybug1960

A Butterfly with the new Tamron 18-400mm.
 
I first want to thank the Pine Mountain Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association for hosting me for my presentation last night. It was great to meet a lot of new folks with a love of nature and photography. I knew it would be nearly impossible for me to go that close to Callaway Gardens and not visit the Butterfly House. I also knew it would be impossible not to use it as a chance to test the new Tamron 18-400mm lens. I was again, imagine that, super impressed with how easy it was to use the lens chasing butterflies. Of course capturing the butterflies on the edge of the walkways is easy with any lens, but when I need a longer lens, in a fairly dark area, handheld, this lens performed flawlessly. It was actually easier to use it than the other setup I tested it against, a Tamron 180mm Macro lens. This lens allowed me to be farther away from my subject, which in turn allowed me to get parallel to the subject easier. In turn this allowed me to shoot with that narrower depth of field with the long lens and still get edge sharpness on the butterfly. The lens continues to impress me each time I take it out.
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2500, 1/125th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear