It was something I hadn’t really given much thought about in planning for my trip to Costa Rica. Shooting insects that is. However if I really think about it I am not sure why that was such an over sight on my part. There are over 1200 species of butterflies and 8000 species of moths alone known to be found in Costa Rica. I ended up capturing quite a few different species of butterflies on my journey.
The Myscelia Cyaniris or Royal Blue Butterfly can be found in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru.
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Date Taken – 22/01/18
Camera – Nikon D800
Lens – AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Aperture – f/5.6
Exposure – 1/640
Some of you have been asking about gear. On this particular trip I was backpacking through Costa Rica, so I had to travel light. That doesn’t mean I had to sacrifice gear by any means! Armed with my trust Nikon D800, as always. This body is an absolute workhorse and can withstand the harsh conditions of any environment.
My lens choice was the one and only Nikkor 28-300mm. I absolutely love this lens. It’s wide, its telephoto, it isn’t extremely heavy, and it is not bulky at all. It does well as a macro (case in point), and it is very sharp, even hand held. This photo really shows off the macro capabilities and the beautiful depth at 300mm. With the wider shots I often find myself missing my 14-24mm, however that can’t really be consider a drawback can it? I mean the 14-24mm is the best wide angle lens every manufactured IMO. So that is a little bit unfair, or perhaps I am just spoiled? The only minor complaint I have is the chromatic aberrations this lens tends to suffer with. That being said, as long as I remember to use my lens correction functions in Adobe Lightroom this becomes a non issue also. So I really feel I am just nit picking at this point. The 28-300mm is a must have lens for any Nikon traveller looking to save room in their luggage.
Everything I photographed in Costa Rica was with this body/lens combo. As mentioned in a previous blog, I will have an upcoming exhibition at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum surrounding my trip in Costa Rica. This exhibition will be an ultimate showcase of the wide range of photography this particular combo is capable of. Also the purpose of the exhibition is to show that you don’t always have to pack your whole camera bag to be a travel photographer!