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Why not take the BUTTERFLY TOUR...!!!
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Beautiful subject ... lovely picture. The blue of the moth and the green of the plant work well with the blurry background. *click*
Excellent shot, wonderful colour & detail, brilliant.
Great dof, lovely colour, nice symmetry in the composition. Well done.
Very good indeed, click
Stunning. Just stunning.
Nice shot of one of the blue butterflies - but which one? Im not too hot on their identification so Ill have to get my book. Click!
Excellent shot Tim, great use of DoF, really stands out against that background.
Thanks to all the kind commenters!
Chris, please let me know what you come up with when you get your book out... I think this might be the male or female version of the one I posted earlier "Jack of Hearts"
Marvelous. A really stunning macro. How did you get him pose for you? Simply beautiful. CLICK!
Brilliantly stunning shot. So sharp with wonderful background colour to the blue of the butterfly. well done
Common Blue is my best bet! Sorry it doesn't sound so exciting!
Actually, that would fit in with your "Jack-of-Hearts" shot, as I believe that one is the female common blue - appropriately the brown form!
A lovely image, sharp and beautifully rendered, click
Excellent colours and sharpness. Looks all fluffy which is perfect
Sooper shot of a blue, By the way I do like the shot of the Hummingbird Hawk Moth in your portfolio. Have only ever seen 3 and never have the camera with me..Well done.
Beautiful image - very well done.
The colour has been captured perfectly. Nice image.
Excellent shot ...the colours composition and detail are superb ....click
Thanks again for all the great feedback and those who recognised the species name. Very much appreciated!
My goodness you have some beautiful photos in your folio. I can't believe that the 300D can do such a good job, with you at the helm of course.
Lorraine you are too kind! but I do appreciate the generosity of your comments!
I am sure if you had as many butterflies surrounding you as I do here in Provence then you would easily be able to take the same, if not much better, shots...
The Sigma lens helps also!
Tim I now have a tamron Tele-Macro 70-300mm lense and am trying it out, the shots I have taken haven't turned out as good as I would have liked, due mainly to the fact that each time I have used it the subject wouldn't keep still for too long and by the time I focused on it it had gone, and also we have had nothing but wind here lately so then it blows the subject around. I can't win at the moment. But your photos are stunning, and we don't have the butterflies here either.
The wind really is an enemy to macro photography unless you're going for the blurred effect! Try early mornings or late evenings.
As for approaching the subject closer, try freezing your position for a couple of minutes after they have flown away, dragonflies and even some butterflies may come right back to the exact same pose!
Try to choose the orientation relative to the subject that you want at least ten feet out (walk around the subject) and then keep your camera still, near to your head as you move your feet smoothly and as slowly as possible towards the target. Once you have a step within three feet you can slowly roll your torso closer and then the hardest part is getting down, bending the knees smoothly, if the subject is near the ground.
The better you get, the more the insect will be almost hypnotised by your movement. With practise, you should be able to get right up close (a few inches) take your shot and move away again without the insect even realising it, at least consciously!
Keep trying, once you get the technique, your shots will stand out even more...
One of your best in my humble opinion!
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