I mentioned on yesterday’s post (Bikes and Flowers) that I was invited by a friend of mine to partake in a combination of mountain biking and wildflower photography. Actually, it was a very effective way to cover a large area in a relatively short amount of time. We really moved efficiency between locations and managed to get some good images for our Texas Wildflower collections.
The image below was taken on one of the trails we rode on. One of the characteristics of a Texas Gayfeather is that it attracts butterflies. I was lucky enough to capture such an event. I started this session with my newly found subject by shooting far enough away to not be a threat to him. As I moved closer, however, it decided that I was too close and flew away. So, this image is actually a cropped-down image of a larger frame. I wanted to be able to see the detail in the butterfly and how they feed on these flowers.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/7.1, shutter speed at 1/250 the ISO at 100. I did not have to use a flash due to the strong light from the sun. It really helped back-light the flower and the butterfly. Post-processing was all done in Lightroom.
You can access the datasheet for this flower by clicking here or access my Texas Wildflower database by clicking here. You can also view my favorite Texas Wildflower photographs by clicking here. Please use the section below to post your comments, questions, or suggestions.