Butterfly Expedition


For one reason or another, mostly health related, we had not visited the Butterfly Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. So Valentine Day seemed like a good time to do it, since the rather was on the cold side for Florida. Sun was out and a little breeze for macro, but were going to be inside an enclosure, so it should be OK.
Black Butterfly

Lots of people since it was a week-end. We were there early and enjoyed lots of spots with shade. Sun will yield tremendous contrast and many times, white glare from the sunlit leaves in the background, so we avoided it. The cool weather was perfect because they get a bit lethargic. Happy butterflies move too much for good pictures.
 Indecent proposal

We took a lot of gear, not knowing which would work better. One camera, the new Sony a7 mkII, and a handful of lenses: Leica 35 Summilux, Leica 75 Summicron, Sony 70-200G with extension tubes, Lensbaby Sweet 35 and Edge 80. No tripods, although they are allowed, I would think kind of difficult when the place is busy. You gear will most likely end up on the ground. No flash is allowed in consideration to a couple of Hummingbirds in there. I was laughing thinking the ones in Costa Rica and Ecuador must be extinct right now with the 8 flash set-ups.
Crystal

Since I wanted a certain look to the pictures, most successful came from the 35mm with close up filter and the 70-200 with extension tubes. All wide open in my case.
Looking forward to our next expedition, on a week day this time, to work a little more comfortably.
White

Monarch

Minimal

 BlueDrop

Phaleanopsis Study


Due to a surgery I had two weeks ago, my field mobility has been somehow impaired temporarily. But the photographer in me is always there and my house orchids proved to be patient and cooperative subjects. The light comes in fully around 8AM, so I took advantage of it and captured and edited these, warming up for the field days. God bless all of you! Life is good 🙂

Leica D-lux 6, tripod, against window light. Edited in RadLab.
Leica D-lux 6, tripod, against window light. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux 6, against window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.
Leica D-Lux 6, against window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux-6, window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.
Leica D-Lux-6, window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux 6, hand held, against window light.
Leica D-Lux 6, hand held, against window light.

Leica M, 90 Elmar macro, edited in Rad LAb
Leica M, 90 Elmar macro, edited in Rad LAb

Leica M, 90 macro Elmar, window light
Leica M, 90 macro Elmar, window light

Leica D-Lux 6 visits the train museum.


I don’t usually carry a point and shoot to the field trips, either the full garb or no camera at all so I can concentrate in others, but today I made and exception because I wanted to try my D-Lux without the electronic viewfinder and no tripod. I’m not a tripod lover and I’m enjoying traveling light. The reason for not using the EVF is the tight camera bag where I’d like to keep the D-Lux, to be on my purse at all times.

Leica D-lux 6, f/2, 1/20, ISO 400
Leica D-lux 6, f/2, 1/20, ISO 400

I must admit I missed the EVF on a couple of occasions because of the angles of captures, and given the darkness indoors in the museum, I could have used the little tripod. But you can’t win them all and other that the heat, the day was great.
1/13 & f/4, ISO 400
1/13 & f/4, ISO 400

The D-Lux performs quite nicely, although it is not in the same league as the M type 240. If you accept that, it is a veery convenient and small cam that can save the day if you don’t want to carry a lot of stuff.
1/160, f/4, ISO 80 (my hand and camera's shadow over the rusty can)
1/160, f/4, ISO 80 (my hand and camera’s shadow over the rusty can)

It has a Leica lens (of course), 24 to 90, that can be set in steps, to 24, 28, 35, 50, 70 and 90 and that is the way I prefer to keep it, since I’m trying to stay away from the comforts of zooms.
1/50, f/4, ISO 400
1/50, f/4, ISO 400

It has a built in .9 (three stops) neutral density that you can use if it’s too bright or if you want to to some slow panning. It is small yet no credit card size, which makes it comfortable in your hands.
It has 12 MG, but it depends on the ratio of picture you choose.
1/25 f/5.6, ISO 400
1/25 f/5.6, ISO 400

I have seen beautiful prints 20×30 made with this camera, not that I’m going to print that big, but it’s nice to know that it can hold it.
1/125, f/4, ISO 320
1/125, f/4, ISO 320

Although my preferred camera is the M, this little jewel, which BTW can be very affordable, can be in my purse all the time and allow me to take pictures when I was not planning to. OH, it has AF and takes video.
You can check one or any other on the free Leica walk on September 20th, Friday, out of the Leica Store. RSVP required, email info@leicastoremiami.com
1/50, f/5.6, ISO 400
1/50, f/5.6, ISO 400

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1/100, f/4, ISO 80
1/100, f/4, ISO 80

1/125, f/1.4, ISO 80
1/125, f/1.4, ISO 80

1/30, f5.6, ISO 400
1/30, f5.6, ISO 400