From the Key West Butterfly Conservatory, one of my hundreds of butterfly photos. Only a few were pretty good though. This one stood out for me because of the compliment of red colors on the butterfly and flower. I am not even sure what butterflies do exactly. Maybe they are like bees and spread pollen around. Bees definitely seem to move about with more of a purpose though. Butterflies never really seem to have anyplace to go- which is fine. That makes them easier to photograph.
I seem to be drawn to oceans and mountains more than anything. Ironically, I live nowhere near either one of them. But it may be best that way. Oceans, though, are on my horizon as I prepare to head to the Maine coast next week. Heading out to these wonderful locations, I always have in the back of my mind the thought of coming home. It’s always nice to have a place to come home to, yet I get pretty antsy without having a plan for a new destination on the horizon. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I am having a blast exploring and so glad I have the time and energy to do it.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Settings: 1/640 sec @ f/2.8 200mm Focal Length and ISO 100
This was processed in Lightroom except for some clean up in Photoshop of dust spots and such. The sun was going down, but I wanted a nice bright image. This was set up +1 2/3 stops to overexpose a little. The highlights were easily tamed back in Lightroom.
A bit of a rebirth happened today thanks to a rainy Saturday. I have given my website an overhaul. A couple cool things that I like about the new design. Blog posts will sport bigger photos now. I am going with a real home page instead of my blog being the landing point. I think this is important due to the fact that when people go to my site, I want them to see a little bit of what I am all about right away instead of having to search. A few pictures are featured in a NO FLASH slideshow and I plan on switching those out and refreshing them with new stuff regularly.
You can still access the blog easily. As a matter of fact I like the section of recent blog posts at the bottom. You can see at a glance what’s new. I am hoping this will be a bit of a kicking off point for some new content that i am planning on adding to the site as well. Reviews and tutorials to start out with and maybe some e-books and stuff down the line. We’ll see.
I have learned quite a bit in the last couple years about designing a site and thought it was time to put it to some use. I’m no expert, but I love the functionality and flexibility of WordPress tied in with my portfolio site at Zenfolio. It also incorporates responsive design, so photos, tables and text resize automatically for different sized devices. You can help by letting me know if anything looks off in whatever medium you might enjoy this site with.
In the meantime, enjoy the new look and my appropriately chosen photo of the day – The Butterfly, a great symbol of rebirth and new beginnings.
One of thousands of butterflies at the Butterfly Conservatory in Key West