Butterfly on a Daisy

Skipper Butterfly-2To view more of my photography please visit www.rakmilphotography.com

Normally our eyes are drawn to the brightest object in a photograph or the area of greatest contrast. If there are two bright spots our eyes get confused and generally discount the photograph and have to take a second look to make sense of it. In some cases you can crop this problem away.

In this example the eye is drawn to brightness and definition. Where the Skipper sits is both in focus and bright, and I hope your eye is lead to it. The rest of the photo is context. To crop the photograph would mean removing evidence that this was taken in the wild.

Having spent time with people who capture insects, bugs etc. to photograph or study, I find it more challenging to stick with creatures in nature. I am less concerned about identifying the creature, although that is interesting, and more about the quality of the photograph. The challenge is not finding the creatures, it is about finding the creatures where you have the ability to get a good angle, enough in focus, and the light to make a photograph worthwhile. I have thrown out more shots for bad focus, bad lighting, and bad angles than I have because the creature was boring to look at!

3 responses

  1. Beautiful image, and great bokeh. Congrats!

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    July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

  2. I agree I like a photo of an insect in situ rather than against a plain background taken in a studio. To get the best photos that remind you where they were taken you have to include the background.
    However nothing in your is intrusive or gets in the way of the butterfly, it adds to it (as you say).

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    July 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  3. Great picture Viktor. MM

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    July 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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