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I envy all of you girls and boys who deliver sharp images on insects. I wish I had access to the forum (can not log in for two months now) so I can ask you for tricks and tips on the subject. I was chasing butterflies the whole weekend and here is the first image worth sharing with you.

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Canon EOS 6D

EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2x III
  • Image type: image/jpeg
  • Exposure: 1/400
  • Resolution: 72/1
  • Created: 21st June 2019
  • Uploaded: 24th June 2019
  • Category: Nature
  • Views: 50
  • Likes: 22

  • MarkChinn
    3 months ago
    Wonderful capture. Beautiful!
  • Angie C
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    • Pro
    3 months ago
    Nice photo - well done! I know lots of photographers like to photograph insects in the very early morning when they are still to cold to move around much. Personally I rely on patience and luck - but it often doesn't work. I usually just about get the insect in focus when it decides to fly away. It is good fun trying, though.....
    • fotioscreations
      3 months ago
      Thank you. It's a new subject to me, though I have some older captures taken just by luck. Browsing around clickasnap I thought I have to try it and for sure it has a lot of fun!
  • Yullapa
    3 months ago
    Beautiful butterfly! Nice capture
  • fotioscreations
    3 months ago
    olavn54 thank you for sharing
  • Marius Radu
    3 months ago
    Lovely colors :-)
  • Jsvasquez1986
    3 months ago
    amazing photography
  • FabioM
    3 months ago
    Beautiful shot, lovely colors
  • ButchReinhart
    • Seller
    3 months ago
    Beautiful photo. The things I try to do are pretty basic. I try to avoid camera shake by keeping the shutter speed faster than the focal length being used. For instance, if the focal length of the lens is 200mm then try to achieve a shutter speed of 1/200. Most lenses have image stabilization built in so you may be able to adjust that. When I can I use a tripod or concentrate on keeping my camera steady. I usually shoot in Aperture Priority (about 95% of the time). For insects I don't need a lot of depth of field so I will shoot with a large aperture setting (like f/4 or any small number). By doing that my shutter speed increases without my having to adjust ISO too high. I do adjust the ISO as high as I need in order to the shutter speed I need. Insects do not stay still very long so I shoot three short burst of shots. On a very windy day I simply avoid looking for butterflies, dragonflies, and other winged insects. And, last is the safest and I am not joking. If you look on the ground and see a recently dead insect in good shape, position it as best you can and shoot away.
    • fotioscreations
      3 months ago
      Thank you Butch for your suggestions. I 've set the shutter speed to 400 cause I was shooting with the 200mm with an 2X extender and the aperture to 11 so I could get the whole insect in focus. I 've set the ISO setting to Auto cause I didn't have much time to change it manually and that gave me values from 2000 to 6400, depended on the background. So I guess that I got the aperture wrong giving me high ISO values and less sharpness. But the most difficult part is, as you say, that they keep moving and they go out of focus (haha). Thanks again for your suggestions!!! Much appreciated!!!
      • ButchReinhart
        • Seller
        3 months ago
        You are welcome. I hope others share their methods because their approach to shooting insects could be better.