Chasing Butterflies

Hello Friends, As I mentioned on Monday I purchased a macro lens in the weekend & will be sharing lots of photos from my first little adventure!  Do any of you who love the macro world find yourself racing around the garden waiting for a Butterfly, Bee or Dragonfly to land?! I tried for so long – this was the only Butterfly shot I managed to capture.

Enjoy & fill me in on how you go racing around the garden after flying insects! Haha! :)

© The Little Leaf 2012

9 thoughts on “Chasing Butterflies

  1. You will love the macro world even more when you find that you can plunge in and explore as if you were exploring in a body about a hundredth of the size of the one you’re used to. The early morning advice is very good, to catch them before their nightly torpor wears off. I have one other piece of earnest advice–a really good tripod is absolutely essential if you want to capture fine detail consistently. There are several that have an extendable and universally-positionable arm that attaches at the apex of the normal 3 legs, and allows you to get the camera into unusual and very special positions (you’ll also need a good ball head). Mine is a Benbo Trekker Mk 3, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!

    • I do have a good tripod, but have never used it for my close ups – will have to give it a try & compare results. Does a tripod not scare the insects away even more? Haha I guess we are bigger than a Tripod is anyway. I was taking these photos mid afternoon when it was about 26degrees – will go for morning or late afternoon approach this weekend I think. Thank you so much for your advice :)

  2. Your question made me smile since I love to chase butterflies,bees and bugs and yes we do look silly running round gardens, bushes and swamps. The scars and scratches on my leggs are uncountable, not to mention the dirty grass stained jeans and ruined boots..:) – Still think this is realy nice shot you took here.

  3. i think that’s the best part of it – i mean the bug hunting :) try to ‘catch’ them early in the morning – they are usually very slow until they ‘warm up’ so they’re just perching on the top of the leaves or grass – and they make a perfect model

      • yes the afternoon is very busy! the other thing i like about morning is dew – so nice when they have small droplets all over their bodies.. try it, you’ll like it :)

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