I captured this photo during a long hike at a nearby state park. I must say, this little guy was a friendly fella because he followed me almost the whole trail. I waited until it landed on a nearby leaf and cautiously raised my camera and snapped a few photos. I was glad that I had my macro telephoto lens with me so I could keep a fair distance between me and the butterfly and not scare it away. I used a wide aperture to get the blurry (bokeh) background to enhance the concentration on the butterfly.
Sometimes I find it a bit difficult to photograph insects because they are easy to scare away and I’m in such a rush to make the photo.
I found that these steps help me when photographing butterflies:
- staying still when it lands on a nearby leaf or twig
- gently moving toward them
- ensuring that my breathing is calm/quiet
- having my shutter on silent/quiet mode
- holding my camera steady and sliding my finger across the shutter button instead of pressing down
I’ve had a higher success rate with capturing photos incorporating the above tactics as opposed to rushing to make the photo.
Tamron 55-300mm at 210mm, 1/100sec, f/5.3 ISO 250