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Photographing Blue Butterflies

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Old Sunday 17th May 2015, 19:53   #1
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Photographing Blue Butterflies

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After struggling up and down hillsides at 1500/2000 feet in rough scrub 32 degrees I was initially disappointed with Photographs of Green Washed Blues, Green Hairstreaks and Adonis Blues but Marsh Fritillaries no problem

I managed in the end to get to grips with refractive scales of the Blues by photographing them with the Sun behind my back it appears the glare from their scales certainly affects auto exposure and some effect auto Focus The Fritillaries being pigmented did not suffer the same problem

I am not certain if the same effects are suffered by others I am normally within 5cm of the subject
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I haven't had this problem recently, but sunlight does make photographing certain colours more difficult. If I'm in doubt I take multiple pictures at different exposures.
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Painted Ladies' underwings can't be photographed with flash so far as I can tell, presumably for the same reason as Blues' upperwings. The way the patterns reproduce in the camera is bizarre.

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Butterflies make wonderful subjects,but they are also one of the most difficult as they are often very active and usually fly off just as you are coming into range.
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Butterflies make wonderful subjects,but they are also one of the most difficult as they are often very active and usually fly off just as you are coming into range.
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