Black swallowtail

At the Chattahoochee Nature Center, I saw lots of butterflies in their special exhibit but, there were also a good number out in the wild.  This black swallowtail was one of the natives that I observed while walking around.  It was a little breezy that day which made it hard to get a sharp image since not only the butterfly was moving but also the plants that it was landing on.  I really love the color and patterns in the lower wings and that signature swallowtail at the end of it!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 250

#macro #butterfly #swallowtail #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #ButterflyEncounter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Making lemonade

This was one of the few butterflies at the Chattahoochee Nature center exhibit that was not orange.  I hesitated to post this until now because the wings were tattered at the edges.  Rather than dump the image, I decided to give my PhotoShop skills a try.  Using the clone and content aware fill tools, I was able to patch the missing spots pretty well.  I also applied a texture to the background to play that down a little and make the butterfly stand out more.  I guess this wasn’t quite a lemon to start with but I think the end result came out OK.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 400

#macro #butterfly #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #ButterflyEncounter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron #textured

Orange and Black

It seems that there was a color scheme going on when I went to the Butterfly Encounter.  There was an awful lot of orange in the butterflies.  I tried to get some variety but the ones that came out best almost all seemed to be orange.  I suppose I could turn them bizzare colors in editing but, that didn’t appeal to me.  Sorry if it seems a little too similar but, you gotta take what you can get.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/160 sec – ISO 250

#macro #butterfly #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #ButterflyEncounter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Butterfly dream

Another experiment with Smart Photo Editor.  I did this one to get a kind of dreamy effect.  The background is textured with an effect called Violet Cream and then I added a light vignette to blurr the edges.  There are so many choices that sometimes I have no idea where to start or stop.  Maybe that’s good or maybe I’m going into the black hole of wasting time.  I guess time will tell…

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
220mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 250

#macro #butterfly #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #ButterflyEncounter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron #textured

Backside

I love to see all the fuzzy little hairs on the back of a sunflower.  There is so much interesting texture on this flower.  Of course the amazing yellow petals are the big draw but all the detail is pretty cool as well.  Glad to be able to look over these fantastic signs of summer once again.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
78mm @ f/8 – 1/200 sec – ISO 100

#macro #sunflower #BullochHall #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Fun with textures

The original version of this image had an almost totally white background.  The flower and butterfly are nice and sharp but it was kind of stark with not much of interest in the background.  I have been playing with Smart Photo Editor which has lots of different filters you can apply.  Adding an interesting texture in the background makes this look like a hand-colored artwork.

I masked out all of the flower and butterfly so the texture didn’t cover any of that.  Even with the contrast between the painted background and the realistic subject, the overall result looks to me like it was planned to look like this from the beginning.  It’s obvious that this is not an “out of the camera” shot but I think it’s pretty successful as an art-image.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/400 sec – ISO 500

#macro #butterfly #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #ButterflyEncounter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron #textured

Sunflowers

Sunflowers have alot about them to like.  The big, beautiful yellow flowers are almost as bright as the summer sun.  Bees love all the pollen that is available and of course, birds (as well as people) love the seeds.  It really is hard to beat for vibrant color and beautiful detail.  I know we see lots of images of sunflowers but I’m thinking one more can’t hurt.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/160 sec – ISO 100

#macro #sunflower #bees #BullochHall #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Sulphur butterfly

There are so many varieties of butterflies with some being very colorful and covered with elaborate patterns and others quite plain.  This one is quite subdued as far as the patterns go and is nearly monochrome in color but, up close is amazingly beautiful.

I believe this is either an Orange Sulphur or Cloudless Sulphur.  Maybe someone who knows more about butterfiles can help me on the identification?

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/6.3 – 1/800 sec – ISO 400

#macro #butterfly #Sulphur #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #ButterflyEncounter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron #DetailedAqua

What’s that?

I went out to the Chattahoochee Nature Center again this weekend and discovered a spot I hadn’t visited before.  There is a quarter-acre plot called the “Unity Garden” where vegetables are grown.  The produce is donated to North Fulton Charities and it looks like they will have a great harvest this year.

I came across some plants with big pale yellow flowers with red veins.  I thought it was some kind of decorative flower but it was in a row of vegetables.  Not being a big veggie farmer, I didn’t know what this was until I tracked down a sign.  This is one of those vegetables that people either love or hate – okra.  You can see some of the pods growing at the top-left of the image.

It’s strange how you have no idea what some foods look like in nature when you only know them from what’s in the grocery store.  The okra flowers were really pretty and I was surprised to see that the pods grow straight up, rather than hanging down, like tomatoes.  Part of the purpose of the Unity Garden is education so, I guess it worked for me.  Now I know what okra looks like while it’s growing.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
62mm @ f/10 – 1/250 sec – ISO 200

#macro #okra #closeup #UnityGarden #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

A little added texture

The shape and texture of this plant caught my eye.  I love the little tear-drop shaped berries and the white-on-green patterns that cover the plant.  I added a little extra texture with a filter on the background to make it look a bit more artistic.  Nature is beautiful in so many ways.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/10 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200

#macro #texture #closeup #ChattahoocheeNatureCenter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron #SmartPhotoEditor #TextureMyWorld