Photography 2019 – Insects: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Australian Butterflies” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Hubby and I decided to spend another photography adventure at The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia. I decided to direct my efforts towards photographing the native Australian tropical and subtropical butterflies situated within the zoo’s renowned Butterfly House!  I wasn’t sure what to expect and how I was going to set about taking photographs, but we have learnt through other photography adventures that taking one’s time is important.  To stop and observe, take-in the ambience and really look.  These delicate, colourful and beautiful winged creatures danced and fluttered throughout the glasshouse allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.  While photographing them I thought about how their life span is so short with some living only one day, others around two weeks and some species living up to nine months.  Their life cycle starts with the adult butterfly mating, the female laying eggs, the eggs hatch and the life cycle starts over once more. Photographing them close up truly allowed for us to appreciate their beauty and the importance of their presence in our earthly world.





During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens.  For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.





On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!




Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!


Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – February 2019


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11 thoughts on “Photography 2019 – Insects: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Australian Butterflies” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

  1. These photos are ethereal – they really capture the beauty and the – magic – I guess, of butterflies. I have loved these creatures since I was a little girl – I have a memory of running through a field of grass as tall as I was with a friend, trying to catch butterflies with a net (none caught at all or even close, we mostly just were enjoying running with them) and the feeling of having them fluttering close, as if they were going along with us. Your photos brought back that feeling. And as always, they are detailed and catch the personality of the subject. Thank you.

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