30 Days and 30 Photos – Day 14

It’s been awhile since I strolled around one of my favorite gardens here on Mount Desert Island – Thuya Gardens.  I drove over there after work today and parked off Route 3 and hiked up the Asticou Terrace access to the garden.   There were still some fall perennials and annuals blooming and I took a number of close-up shots of some of the best examples.  After a couple of tours around the garden, I came upon some monarch butterflies feeding.  There is a section of the garden where they have some native milkweed planted and I had snapped a few photos of the caterpillars earlier in the season.  I took a few quick shots of the adult monarchs – and thought this one turned out pretty clear.

Monarch feeding Day 14 (1 of 1)

  • I used the Aperature-priority setting and had it set to f/4.  My ISO was set at 400. The final shot was recorded at 1/1000 sec. f/4 120mm
  • I used viewfinder and auto-focus
  • This garden requires permission to use photographic equipment so I did not use my tripod
  • Exposure Compensation setting was at -0.03 for this photograph
  • In Lightroom, the adjustments I made were to Highlights, slight adjustment to Shadows and Vibrance settings.  I cropped the photograph to zoom in on the monarch.

I thought I would share my photo of the caterpillar photo I captured earlier in the summer.  I really like this angle.

Monarch caterpillar (1 of 1)

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