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Tips on shooting butterflies

PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:46 am
by richardlbong
When shooting these fluttering insects, it always best to get in close using longer macro lenses to fill 3/4 of the frame with the butterfly. Try getting down to the same plane as the wings of the butterfly. this way you will not distort the perspective of the wings. Here's an example of what 'butt' shooters will do to get the shot. This shot was taken by Johnny, our tree man, who see the funny part of it.
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The scene is along a less used road near Fraser Hill in Malaysia.
This is the end result of the semi proning and the use of an angle finder (help to prevent dirty clothings) attached to the view finder of the camera.
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Lamproptera meges (Green Dragontail) is not a common sight in Malaysia.
Canon 40D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro lens
1/200, f11, ISO160

Richard