Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory
I took a road trip this morning to the Joseph L Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory in Oneonta, NY. It was well worth the three hour ride to get there. It has much more than just butterflies. It has birds and reptiles too. Thanks to Victoria at http://blog.victoriafatumphotography.com/ for telling me about this unique place. Check out Victoria's blog she does great Infra-Red work and has taken wonderful photos at the butterfly conservatory.
The variety of creatures and the natural setting are a real draw to anyone who wants to take photos of butterflies and tropical birds and reptiles. One thing to note is that flash photos are not allowed and the lighting is a bit of a challenge. I had to push my ASA up to 1600 on my macro lens to be able to shoot. This worked well, but I would have preferred to shoot at 400 so that there would be less noise in the images. That said I am very happy with the shots I got. The best part is the conservatory is open all year. I have a feeling I'll make a trip when this winter seems too long and need a bit of a tropical vacation in an afternoon!
Keep Maklin' Art
PS Housekeeping Note: I will start posting about my new journey into Oil Painting on Monday night. I need to take some photos of the work done in my first two lessons.