Butterfly Bush

I’ve been admiring my neighbor’s butterfly bush this summer and I’m amazed of how it attracts so many butterflies.

I was testing out the P mode on my camera, the picture below was taken at f/4, 1/100sec, ISO-250(set at Auto ISO), Exposure bias -1.3 step, focal length 73mm, pattern metering mode. My camera is canon T2i with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

I saw several butterflies and went over to take some pictures. This is the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.  It is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to North America, and one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States.

This was taken at f/4, 1/125sec, ISO-160(set at Auto ISO), Exposure bias -1.3 step, focal length 99mm, pattern metering mode.

They are pretty much footloose and fancy free. I’m surprised to see the torn wings, it must be a rough life out there.

This was taken at f/4, 1/200sec, ISO-200 (set at Auto ISO), Exposure bias -1.3 step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering mode.

Below is a Black Swallowtail butterfly, the wing on the left hand side is badly torn.

This was taken at f/4, 1/125sec, ISO-500(set at Auto ISO), Exposure bias -0.7 step, focal length 70mm, pattern metering mode.

Grandma’s Garden August 8, 2010

I was surprised to see how lush and green Grandma’s garden is at this time of the year.

She has rows and rows of soybeans.

And her Thai eggplants are so beautiful.

The okra has such a pretty flower.

She gave me a pot of the sawtooth or Pak Cee Farang, also known in Lao as Pak Hom Pae.

Pak E-Leard.

She has many dragonflies hovering over her garden, and not surprised since she has a creek nearby.

Towards the end of the video I was talking about this butterfly.  Lee tricked me into taking this picture. I was in a hurry to take this picture because she said it might fly off any minute now, came to find out that it was a dead butterfly.

Yep, flying off any minute now.

Her persimmons are doing well this year.

This is her second garden on the other side of the house.  She planted Asian corns and soybeans.

The empty rice sack underneath the dried herbs is an old sticky rice bag from Laos.

Saturday Random Photos

My progress of adjusting to a manual mode has been very slow, I guess I stayed in the comfort zone for way to long. At first I wanted a better zoom lens, but then I realized that it’s not so much in the gear but more so in the technique and understanding of your camera. It took me a while to come to this conclusion, I guess I thought a better lens will fix my problem.  It will definitely help but not fixing it. I decided to order a book, Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition) and hope that this will help me to become a better photographer.

We went back to visit the Butterfly Exhibit again today, I absolutely love this place.

I have to say that I have more miss than hit this time, but hopefully in time practice will make it perfect.

The Gekko is not at my house, but at the Science Center. This is what he sounds like.

I used to love buying this when I was little, but not with the cricket inside.  This is a cricket lick it and they come in assorted cricket.  It’s too funny, $1.75 for one.

My mom’s orchid is still in bloom.  It has been for 4 months now.

This is too funny, my sister and I laughed the whole time while I was filming this Wii Dance last Saturday at Valley Hills Mall.