Butterfly at Wings of Fancy Exhibit @ 2010 Cynthia P. Hunter Photography
What is the fascination with butterflies? The annual “Wings of Fancy Butterfly” exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland attract thousands of people every year. Although the temperature in the conservatory is always above 85 degrees. I simply can’t resist visiting them year after year. The don’t provide any new tricks to keep attracting new visitors, yet their following increases.
Butterflies aren’t easily annoyed when interrupted by tiny hands trying to capture them or pointy lenses interrupting their meal time. Butterflies don’t chase with menacing stingers. Butterflies take life delicately and lightly. The are simply content at being a Butterfly. Could the attraction be the light and airy flutter of their wings as they fly from flower to flower? Or their beautiful colors and wing pattens? Maybe it is their ability to provide a sense of well being. Whatever the attraction. They can be counted on to provide a sense of wonder, beauty and freedom.
Seems they recognize their life time is short and their purpose is well focused. More Butterflies.
Each time I begin a photo shoot, mostly for pleasure, I hope to get the most original awe inspiring photo that wins loads of contests and recognition. But it rarely happens this way. The image, story, experience usually finds me. I am often caught without warning. In a split second, I scramble to check a series of technical settings…. . Lens selection ?, “check“, exposure?, “check“, aperture?, “check“, shutter speed? “check”, focus ? “check”. This process happens within a split second, but the peak moment has passed in a fractional second, and I have not yet pressed the shutter. On a lucky day, I remember to first see and recognize the setting, observe how all the elements in the image converge, raise my camera to my eye and press the shutter button. “WOW!” I exclaim, as I preview the image on the camera display.
After the photo shoot, I hurry home to unload the images to my computer only to find 10% of the images are mediocre and 2% might be keepers. But for the remainder of the day, all is right with the world, because I received the story creation wanted to share with me.