This will be a bit like watching paint dry, but I thought I would post the photographs I took of a Common Blue Butterfly. I used an Olympus 820i Compact Digital Camera, with a limited zoom. Usually I only use the ‘Super close up’ facility on my camera. My zoom isn’t good enough for close up shots of small creatures. This time though, I thought this was a Silver Studded Blue Butterfly and I wanted a shot even if it was a small pic, just so long as it confirmed it was a silver studded blue. As it turned out, this was a Common Blue Butterfly, the black line around the edge of the wings on top and underneath are thicker on a silver studded. So the first pic is on zoom from a distance. What I then did, was set it up for ‘super close up’ and took pix, slowly getting closer and closer, until i got a pic that filled my view.
A steady hand is needed for this, which I don’t have, but I take enough pix so I usually end up with a couple of good shots. Another problem is the distance I begin to take the pix. As I edge my hand forward for the next shot – you move a leg or your body and the creature is off! – my balance goes forward making it harder to keep the steady hand to keep ‘super close up’ focused. I eventually, when I am lucky, get to within two inches of the creature, in this case a Common Blue Butterfly, still taking pix. I found that it also helps to keep your arms in to your body. Stick them out sideways and the creature is off again. Also look where you are kneeling. Bramble thorns are painful.
It has been suggested to me I make my life easier by trapping the creature, photographing it and letting it go. But where’s the fun in that!
Anyway, below is the entire set of pix I took of this Common Blue Butterfly. I took a risk towards the end and changed position, which worked. Enjoy!
At this point the Butterfly began fidgetting so I stopped taking pix and kept still until it had settled down. I then began to move the camera above it to take pix looking down onto its wings. Near the end I slowly stepped behind it to try to get in closer.