Great job guys. I've alway found butterfly's to be very difficult to shoot. Partly because they never sit still, and partly because of a good composition. It is very hard to isolate them from the background. I find it best to set up on an isolated flower and wait for one to land , instead of following them around and trying to get a good shot. Here is another one i like................ Keep them coming!!
Nice work guys.
Your first shot here Steve is a really nice one. You've worked with the focal plane to ensure that both wingtips are pretty much in focus and the butterfly is nicely isolated from the background. Waiting for them to alight on an isolated flower in order to reduce background clutter is a good strategy to use. Remembering to choose a flower that isn't a bit dog-eared, though, is something I often let slip - and then kick myself when I look through the shots later as I find it distracts from the butterfly.
I find that butterflies that rest with either wings held flat or held upright together are quite a bit easier to shoot and get alignment right - but those like skippers (and that pretty orange one of Sahil's in post #6) that hold them at an angle are a bit of a nightmare when working with a shallow depth of field. Skippers do look good head-on, though!
Wow~ Your work is stunning!
Do I need a macro lens + flash to make such kind of picture?
I'm now using a Nikkor 16-85mm zoom, definitely too short. I'll learn more about extention tube. Thanks alot Steve
The notion of you doing these hand-held... plus waiting around for the butterfly... I have this very zen image of you sitting for several hours waiting for "the shot".
Who could ever get tired of butterflies? These shots are all so good and so hard to do. I love the out of focus background that most of you have been able to manage. Excellents shots, Hope to see more.