I hadn’t been in awhile, so last week I stopped by the butterfly exhibit they have at the St. Louis Zoo. As butterfly houses go, this is a small one and it is often crowded. It was when I was there, but I still managed to set up and use my tripod. But if you are in the area I would encourage you to stop by. It is a beautiful spot. Despite the crowd, people seemed to be relaxed, perhaps a result of being around natural beauty. I got this photo:
You will see that the lighting on the butterfly is a bit uneven because he was in a sheltered spot. Because I knew that I would have difficulty getting all the detail I wanted in one shot, I set my camera to get a bracketed exposure. So, the final photo you are looking at is an HDR image I created using Photomatix.
In order to get as much detail I also used a low ISO, and therefore needed a slow shutter speed and a tripod for this shot. Once I had created my image in Photomatix I then opened it in Photoshop. I cropped the image, sharpened it and then applied a blur to the edges and background. Here is one of the original images, to give you an idea of what I started with:
Pretty big difference I think, but before I started editing, I thought the final image was in there, just waiting to be revealed. What do you think?
I didn’t know it when I took this photo but just a few days later, gardens would be the announced travel theme at Where’s My Backpack?, so this image is my submission for this week.