Macro nature photography: tips for taking pin-sharp close-ups of flowers and insects

Macro nature photography: tips for taking pin-sharp close-ups of flowers, lichen and butterflies

Shot of the Day

Shot of the Day

After a fruitful day getting up close and personal with the flora and fauna, it was time to Ross to choose his favourite Hotshot from the hundreds of frames that Jan had taken. Of all these, he chose this shot of a pair of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries as his overall favourite…

Ross says
This is an incredible shot, and particularly so on a day when I was worried we wouldn’t see any butterflies at all. Getting two butterflies in the same frame is very unusual. Usually, you have one framed up and the arrival of a second simply scares the other butterfly away.

Jan took a lot of more technically perfect individual shots of the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, but you can more than forgive that the tips of the wings are not tack-sharp here. I often say that taking pictures is a bit like feeding a slot machine: if you invest the time you will be rewarded with a great shot. And Jan has definitely hit the jackpot with this one!

Jan says
I  have learned so much in the day, and now have a shopping list of things that I want to buy! I am so glad my husband nominated me for this experience – although he may regret it, as I may be borrowing his D7000 so that I can have all the advantages of LiveView.

I am heading off this weekend to put everything I learned into practice, and will go hunting for butterflies and damselflies in the Devon hedgerows!

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