Photographing butterflies is always better when they are less active. Choosing a cool summer morning was the best to photograph this Marbled White butterfly as it was still roosting on this Plantain seed head. The temperature had dropped below the dew point overnight causing the small droplets of water to form along the antennas of this individual.
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Worcestershire, July, 2011.
I have a love-hate relationship with my Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens. It produces stunningly sharp images but the focus is soooooo slow!! I’ve yet to try or read reviews of the new version of this lens so hopefully they have rectified this. Here is an image of a Green-veined White butterfly nectaring from a thistle head.
Green veined White, Pieris napi, Warwickshire, June, 2011.
Canon 1DIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 lens, 1/1250sec at f/7.1 at ISO400.
As it was forecast to be dry (at last!) and fairly calm last night, I decided to go out and try and find some butterflies. Within about 5 minutes I found this Large Skipper on a Self-heal flower.
Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus, Herefordshire, July, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens and flash setup.
At last I’ve finally been able to point my lens at an Orange Tip butterfly. It has been driving me crazy not being able to find any butterflies. Despite the windy conditions and intermittent rain I managed to find one! Although far from ideal conditions I whittled down the blurry images to reveal a few keepers. Its amazing what weather conditions these insects go through to survive. I hope its starts to warm up soon though as I’m not sure how long butterflies survive without being able to fly and feed due to the weather.
Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2012
Canon 1d MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.
Well, I’m looking at the rain pouring outside of my office window and wondering when I’m going to get the next opportunity to photograph this species. This was an Orange tip I photographed last year at a local site to me. I’ve been to the same site four times so far and had no joy in finding anything that resembles a butterfly so have came away with blank memory cards. I hope I find one soon.
Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.