Common Blue Butterfly up Close

Common Blue Butterfly up Close

This is a photo I took a while ago, in the spring. The Common Blue Butterfly is tiny, so usually not easy to spot, and even harder to get close enough to so it fills the frame reasonably. That day I was actually lucky enough to get several photos from close by (including one that keeps winning some competitions). This one is from a bit of a different angle, when the butterfly was actually on the ground. The color difference make this photo especially nice, in my opinion.

What do I like about this photo? The low angle gives an unusual view of the butterfly, that's usually hard to achieve without a camera. The shallow depth of field (I used the most open aperture my lens could offer me at this focal length - f/6.3) really makes the butterfly stand out against the blurred background, and the stones it's standing on are partially in focus, making for an interesting photo. The proximity makes details visible that the naked eye cannot even see - which is what I most like about being able to take photos of wildlife!

What would I want to improve? The butterfly is not entirely in focus. I believe it was moving a little, so there's some motion blur. A faster shutter speed would have handled that (but that would push the ISO sensitivity up, potentially resulting in a noisier picture so details might have been lost).


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