This is the sort of photograph that I had envisioned getting at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. They can be hard to nail down though as they are quite fast. Even the really large butterflies flitted around faster than you can track them with a camera. Still it is fun to try.
This photograph was taken with my 70-300mm VR lens and a 20mm Kenko macro extension tube. The combination gave me a comfortable stand-off focus range so that I wouldn't scare the butterflies away while still getting good magnification on them. Focus was attained by using manual focus and leaning back & forth until the subject was sharp. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.
Monday, August 10, 2009