Last night, I was reading this post by Adrian Lewis (aka FATman Photos), where he featured some lovely images of a Peacock Butterfly.  At that time, I hadn’t photographed a Peacock this summer.  Imagine my pleasure this morning, when I glanced out of the kitchen window whilst preparing breakfast, to see a fluttering amongst the plant pots.  Closer inspection showed it to be a Peacock Butterfly.

I dashed off to grab my camera, fit the 70-300 mm lens favoured for butterflies, and rushed outside, hoping that my colourful friend would have waited for me.  There it was, happily sunning itself on a Hosta flower.  Finding a suitable viewpoint was slightly tricky as the Hosta was behind another plant and there was only a fairly narrow angle of view without casting a shadow, which would have spoiled the shot as well as almost certainly frightening the subject away.

It did, however, allow me to take a few shots before fluttering away.  Here is one.

Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly on Hosta flower in garden

What would I have done differently, had I not been in such a hurry?  I would have tried a shot with the ISO doubled to 400, which might have improved the sharpness by overcoming any excitable camera shake.  If it had stayed put, I might have gone for my 50mm macro lens, since this is very sharp.  Could I have got close enough?  That is the question.  Adrian’s shots are both sharper and more varied, so please take a look at them.

Wrong Lens Dave

In an ideal world, so I’m told, photographers should plan their shoots so that they always have all the right equipment with them, and it should be readily to hand.  This is of course so that they can guarantee to return from the shoot with amazing images that their friends, family, clients and the world at large will subsequently drool over.

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