Comma Butterfly


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What a great name for a wonderful butterfly, as in pause and admire the beauty. I wanted to post this shot because it makes a point I have made to some people recently. This was taken with a 300m lens, not a macro lens. Specialized equipment has its place and utility, but if you ask a store what to buy to take butterfly photographs, they are unlikely to suggest the gear you own. It is sometime easier to stand farther away to take photographs like this than get up close and risk frightening your subject away. Secondly, you have greater control over the depth of field and the lighting. With a macro lens you are closer, depth of field is at a premium and you have less available light. However, there are many reasons to get a dedicated macro lens for smaller subjects, for more detail, and for more control. The latter point is not insignificant, try finding small things with a long lens, it’s a challenge.


7 responses

  1. This is very cool. Thanks. Is that a damaged butterfly or do they all come like this?


    August 12, 2015 at 2:03 am

  2. Beautiful shot, Victor, and really good points about using a telephoto for close-up shots. This summer I have been taking some of my dragonfly shots at the far end of my 150-600mm lens with some success. (The biggest downside is that it’s sometimes harder to spot a small subject through a telephoto lens if it is not isolated from the background.)


    August 12, 2015 at 5:36 am

    • Thanks. The longer the lens you hunt more than the lens😀


      August 12, 2015 at 5:52 am

  3. Damaged wings. Looks like a bird spotted it before you did Victor. But just goes to show that the gaudy wings distract the damage away from the body.

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    August 12, 2015 at 5:46 am

  4. Taking what you said about shooting with a 300 mm lens vs. a macro lens, add a tele-converter to the 300 mm lens for a close focusing 420 mm lens, or add extension tubes for close to true macro shots from the 300 mm for all the reasons you stated and more. With any of the three choices, it’s so much easier to get butterfly or dragonfly photos than with a 100 mm macro lens.


    August 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    • I have both a tele converter and tubes. I use tubes on my 105 macro. Everything has its uses. I would be careful to use tubes on a heavy lens. Plus the lens cannot then be used for birds etc. The tele converters are great at specific fstops, but otherwise affect image quality.


      August 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

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