199/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea


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.

199/365 Marbled White

147/365 Large Skipper butterfly


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.

Photography tuition now available


Hi all

I’ve just added a new page on my blog about one-to-one photography courses I am running. 

Perfect for any level of experience or as a gift for someone.

Please check out the details here: https://ianbutlerphotography.wordpress.com/tuition/

Thanks

Digital presentation / talks page added


Since I became a freelance photographer,  I have been visiting RSPB, Wildlife trusts, nature groups and camera clubs presenting my work in the form of digital slideshows.
I have just updated a new page for this blog purely for details on my talks. 
If you know of any group within the UK (or abroad) who is after any speakers for your clubs then please ask them to get in touch. They can get in touch with me directly here: http://www.ianbutlerphotography.co.uk/contact.php
Details of the talks I offer can be found on my talks page at the right hand side of the header above or if you want to go straight to the link please click here:
https://ianbutlerphotography.wordpress.com/talks/

Looking forward to hearing from you. 😉

 

Malvern Hills Queens Jubilee Bonfire Beacon


I was lucky to cover the event of the lighting of the Malvern Hills Beacon for the Queens Jubilee last night.  A fantastic event to be part of and a massive crowd turned up to watch it.

Here are some of the images I took last night during the event after the beacon had been lit.

 

124/365 Carrion Crow landscape


Here is another image of a Carrion Crow but this time showing it in its landscape.  This was taken with an 800mm focal length and the bird itself was 58.5m away from my position.
Most people think that if you have an 800mm lens then you can photograph birds from miles away. Even though this crow was fairly close, the 800mm still renders it small in the frame but shows the landscape off nicely.

Carrion Crow, Corvus corone, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, November, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS lens

123/365 Carrion Crow


Crows are probably the hardest to photograph as they are very intelligent and don’t really like being within close proximity to people.  I got lucky with this individual and managed to get a full frame photograph.  To bring out the most of a crows plumage overcast conditions are the best as it really shows off all of the feather details.

Carrion Crow, Corvus corone, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, September, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.