Fun Friday: Dazed & Confused

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured this morning as I was preparing some other images for today’s blog post. As I worked at the computer, I looked up and noticed that this “new butterfly species” (a male American Goldfinch … does he think he is a butterfly???) was busy feeding on purple coneflower seedheds in my rural Missouri butterfly garden. I grabbed my camera and captured a couple of quick, grab shots before he saw me and flew from the flowers.

Unfortunately, I again had to shoot through a double-paned window and screen. But I did find an interesting thing during post editing. Since the images were a bit “cloudy” from shooting through the glass and screen, I thought I’d try the “Dehaze” tool in Lightroom, to see if it would help. I usually only use this tool with astrophotographic images, but it did seem to work pretty well in this situation, but still a bit “soft”! However, it is still not recommended to shoot through glass/screens, unless you absolutely must!!!

American Goldfinch male on Purple Coneflower

American Goldfinch male on Horsemint wildflowers

In my next post, I am planning on a couple of images of another White-tailed doe with her fawns … twins! I have still been seeing my single, very small fawn with his mother, but a doe with fawns have been observed several times this past week, just before sunset.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f.5.6 IS lens, shot at 400mm
  • ¬†Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 (all)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (both photos)
  • Shutter 1/160 sec. (top photo) and 1/80 sec. (bottom photo)



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