A photography day at the Monarch Grove in Pismo Beach

Last week my wife and I with our cousins visited the famous Monarch Grove in Pismo Beach State Park. This is the site where twice each year thousands of Monarch butterflies gather to mate, and to impress visitors with their beauty.

We used two Canon full-frame cameras: a 5D and a 6D, and we used a long, long combination of optics: a Canon 100-400 lens with two 2X telextenders attached to make the equivalent of a 1600mm lens! The maximum aperture was f11, but with a good tripod from Really Right Stuff, we were able to make some lovely portraits of Monarchs in the wild.

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About Brian Lawler

Brian Lawler is an Emeritus Professor of Graphic Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and was a Guest Professor at Hochschule München from September, 2021 to September, 2022. He writes about graphic arts processes and technologies for various industry publications, and on his blog, The Blognosticator.
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