Black and white on white

This black and white butterfly was happy to feast on the white buddleia bush that grows in our garden.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White

Macro Moments: Week 20 – Butterfly on Buddleia

Back in the summer, our buddleia bushes were, as usual, hosts to many butterflies. This was one of them that I managed to isolate and get back-lit.


Nikon D800 with Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm. 1/250 at f6.7, ISO 500. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 20

Before & After: Butterfly

Butterflies can make for great images, but they’re not the most co-operative of subjects: have you ever tried to get one to sign a model release form?

Last summer I spent a merry, if sometimes frustrating, couple of hours on a sunny afternoon trying to get some worthwhile photographs of the butterflies that were feasting on one of our buddleias. Obviously, I was using my longest lens, but as that\s only 200mm I couldn’t get as close as I might have wished.


Butterfly before

As it stands, this isn’t much of a photograph but there was the germ of something more interesting in there, although it needed a fair bit of post-processing to tease it out.


Butterfly after

The first step was to crop out most of the background. Once I’d focused in on the butterfly it seemed clear that rotating the image would make it more arresting and give a more pleasing composition. I also flipped it so that the butterfly was facing upwards.

After that, it was a matter of adjusting various sliders to give more ‘punch’ not only to the overall image but also the individual colours, where I altered Luminance rather than Hue. A final touch of Sharpening and there you have it.

ABFriday 12 February 2016

Butterflies on Buddleia

An hour or so on a sunny afternoon, loitering with intent around the buddleia (well named as the ‘butterfly bush’) produced these images:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

Not sure that these two butterflies, captured on my buddleia (“butterfly bush”) this very afternoon, had much to say to each other, but there was probably a dialogue of some sort going on.