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A Trip to the Butterfly Pavilion in Santa Barbara
The pavilion is a netted enclosure. Morning was initially overcast during our visit, and light within the pavilion was soft. The fog lifted later in the morning and the sun gave more contrast. All of the photographs shown here were made hand-held, and a few of them benefit from focus-stacking to achieve greater depth of field. Because the pavilion environment provides such a nice stage for the butterflies, without distracting or inconsistent backgrounds, I chose not to isolate the insects with shallow depth of field. All photographs were made with a 24-105mm zoom, most at 105mm with 12mm extension tube affixed. The results are better than I had expected. I'm confident that other members got good photographs also.
Images and text provided by Ed E. Powell.