Photograph Butterflies, Dragonflies, & Flowers

Bring your tripods, flashes (if you got them) and macro lens or long lens with extension tubes (or whatever you like to use for bugs and blooms)!  We will spend some time working the gardens and shooting whatever you like.

Admission to the gardens is $1 for seniors, $2 for Austin residents and $3 for non-Austin residents.  More about the Zilker Botanical Gardens can be found here:  http://www.zilkergarden.org/index.html

No limit on how many can attend!


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  • Tami K.

    Great meetup, Lee! Nice, central location too! I probably won't have a photo to share until next weekend because I'm going out of town this week. I saw the ones posted, though. WOW! Beautiful shots! Carolyn, I LOVE your style! Would love to get that beautiful silky background. I think my F-stop was too small, so too much depth of field. It's all good practice, though! Enjoying every minute of it!

    3 · July 14

  • Lee H.

    I hope some more of you will put up your photos!!

    July 12

    • Malinda B.

      As soon as I get home and get a chance to get online on my computer :-) I had a great time at the gardens

      July 12

  • Lee H.

    I felt like today was a great time! We had a great turnout, great light, temps stayed nice and plenty to shoot!

    1 · July 12

  • Lee H.

    Well, I hope everyone had a great day. Overall, I think today was a huge success! Met several folks, had a lot of nice activity right in front with dragonflies all over the lotus flowers and had some nice butterflies and Green Anoles today as well. I hope others will post some of their shots as well. Here are a few of my favorites today.

    2 · July 12

  • Tami K.

    That's awesome news! Saves me a ton of money too. :)

    June 25, 2014

  • Lee H.

    Tami, if you look at the most popular dragonfly field guides, two of my good friends, Eric Isley and Greg Lasley both have a ton of amazing shots (including the cover of one) and all were done with extension tubes. I doubt very many people would notice any difference in quality with extension tubes. Tubes have no glass in them, just move the lens further from the sensor. So no real degradation in quality, just loses some light and requires longer exposure.

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Tami K.

    Thanks, Lee. I was also considering extension tubes, but I understand that they are not as sharp as a true macro lens. Still, maybe the tubes would be the way to go initially. Thanks!

    June 25, 2014

  • Lee H.

    Tami, Here is what I say. For butterflies and damselflies I like something in the 150 to 180mm length to give me more working room so I don't scare them off as often. For dragonflies, I prefer a long telephoto with extension tubes for more working room (I use a[masked] with (2) 25mm extension tubes)! The 60mm is really way to short for working with butterflies. Maybe great for beetles, etc. I don't think I would have much fun using a 105 for butterflies either as you have to be so close you are going to spook most of them. Honestly, for Macro the full frame isn't necessarily better as you will gain even more working room with the crop factor. For Flowers, any of them will work since you probably aren't going to spook them off!

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Tami K.

    I have a DX camera but plan to get a full frame camera eventually. I would like to buy a good macro and looking at a 60mm or the 105mm. For flowers, bugs, etc., what's best?

    June 24, 2014

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