Well I discovered that aquariums aren’t just for fishes anymore. The Tennessee Aquarium added a new building since my last visit, a number of years ago. This building is supposed to be about Oceans. I have yet to discover what butterflies have to do with Oceans other than some species fly across them. Whatever the connection is the Aquarium had a special Butterfly section.
When we entered the section we found these nice laminated identification sheets. Both side included color photographs and names of the different species included in their collection. What a great idea. I had my wife, Cindy, hold it up while I photographed each side. Now when I get back I’ll be able to write somewhat intelligently.
Such as, I can tell you that this orange and black butterfly is called an Orange Tiger, even though I have never seen a tiger that looked like this before.
This one is called a Tiger Longwing.
But, that is all I can tell you. It seems that there little collection grew and their documentation didn’t. So the one above is just a black butterfly with red markings. Hey it works. You know which one I’m talking about.
So my little idea wasn’t as bright as I thought that it was going to be. However, I was able to get a few good shots of some pretty butterflies. Since I didn’t use a tripod, and some areas had less light than others, I shot these at an ISO of 800. I processed them using Lightroom 3, Dfine 2.0, and Viveza 2. A couple of them I also used the Total Contrast filter in Color Efex Pro 3.0.