|(Canon 1DX, 100-400mm lens at 360mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/640 sec)|
This was one of the first photos that I took, looking up at this Toucan. I just love the colors in this bird! As I usually do, I focused on his eyes and fired off a bunch of shots as he looked in all directions.
|(Canon 1DX, 100-400mm lens at 400mm, ISO 2000, f/5.6, 1/60 sec)|
We also came across this albino squirrel. I have seen thousands of squirrels before, but never a white one.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/80 sec)|
As I walked around the aviary, I saw this little guy and grabbed this shot. I framed this to have the bird off-center, using the rule of thirds.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, -0.3 exposure comp)|
One of the highlights of the Waterfall Gardens is the butterfly building. This building has many different species of butterflies which fly all over the place, often landing on visitors. It was a great place to break out the new Canon 7D Mark II with a Canon 100mm macro lens.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/4, 1/200 sec, -0.3 exposure comp)|
Check out the cool patterns on this butterfly.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/4, 1/500 sec, -0.3 exposure comp)|
It was fun to get up close and personal with the macro lens.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, -0.3 exposure comp)|
We were very lucky to see numerous Giant Blue Morpho butterflies with their wings open. In California, I am used to seeing the orange and brown colors on Monarch butterflies, but this was so cool to see the vibrant blue wings of this magnificent insect.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 500, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, -0.3 exposure comp)|
Since this Morpho was staying still, I decided to go straight over-head and shoot down. I really like the composition and the way that it shows the structure of the insect.
|(Canon 1DX, 100-400mm lens at 400mm, using the Canon 500 lens adaptor, ISO 2000, f/5.6, 1/80 sec)|
I brought my Canon Closeup Lens 500D on this trip, so that I could use the long lens but get even closer. I put on this lens (which is really like a filter which screws onto a 77mm lens) and focused in really close to one of the butterflies to show you the beauty of the patterns in the wings. Chances are, you have never heard of the 500D, but this little "filter" turns any lens (yep - even Nikon and others) into a macro lens. And for only $149.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 2000, f/4, 1/125 sec, -0.3 exposure comp)|
Here is a butterfly coming out of it's pupae. How often do you see that happen?
|(Canon 1DX, 100-400mm lens at 285mm, ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, Canon 600Ex-RT flash)|
At this location, they have an area with numerous hummingbird feeders and they attract hundreds of these little speedsters. I was most interested in shooting the Violet Sabrewing, since we do not have those back home. And look at these colors! I used a flash to help isolate the birds in flight and to bring out their colors.
|(Canon 1DX, 100-400mm lens at 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, Canon 600Ex-RT flash)|
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 500, f/3.2, 1/200 sec)|
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 2000, f/4, 1/60 sec)|
Our last stop of the day was a visit to the frogs, but since it was late in the day, most of them were already asleep and nowhere to be found. This little guy was making an appearance from within a small plant. If you did not look closely, you would never have seen him.
|(Canon 7D Mark II, 100mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/500 sec)|
This last shot was taken at the end of the day, as I was walking out of the park. It had rained pretty heavily and the water was on this flower. I loved the way that the bright pink colors contrasted with the background, so I took this last shot. Overall, a really fun day. We planned on coming back for a second day to see what else we capture. Stay tuned for the next blog entry!
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