I photographed this Monarch Butterfly while visiting the Fairchild Botanical Garden in the Coral Gables, Florida area last year. Yesterday I posted a photo of a flower that I photographed during the same visit. Butterflies are very hard to photograph and to make sure and capture all of their parts in focus. This one is very close to be fully in focus. The end of the wing is just barely out of focus. I always make sure to get the head in focus and if possible their antennas. The problem is that their antennas are always moving so a reasonably fast shutter speed is required.
The Monarch Butterflies will spend their winter hibernating in Mexico and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long. If the butterfly lives of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in Oyamel Fir trees. If the butterfly lives west of the Rocky Mountains, then it will hibernate in and around Pacific Grove, California in Eucalyptus trees. Monarch butterflies use the very same trees each and every year when they migrate, which seems odd because they aren’t the same butterflies that were there last year.
This image was taken with my Sony A7 II Digital Camera using my Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. I used a Metabones IV adapter to enable the use of Canon lenses on a Sony camera. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/5.6, shutter speed at 1/320th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This is a single image processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik Color Efex Pro.
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