Tiptoeing Through The Asters by bmac62 ()
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This guy was too much to pass by today.
Lesson learned for me...manual focus is the way to go. I used Autofocus on more than 150 shots of multiple butterflies in among these desert asters...this is one of only a couple of shots that the focus was really correct on the butterfly.
If the butterflies are back tomorrow, I'll try it again:)
Image Comments (27)
Yep manual focus is the only way to go I reckon. It's all I EVER use! Just to add to the above comment, there are HUGE differences between using manual and auto focus. Manual focus is far more precise, especially when doing macro or portraits. Low light, action photos or shooting through wire fences or glass are other examples of when manual far outshines auto. If you need precise focus, even on top-end cameras, then manual is the only way to go IMHO. Nice butterfly BTW!
What a wonderful surprise to see this subject matter from you, Bill! A brilliant photo. Since I went digital and point and shoot I sadly no longer have the option for manual focus. However the upside is that is that only one hand is required!
Wow! This is really a professional looking photo in every way. Get 11 more like this and you could make a calender to sell. Thank you for sharing your talent. And hope you had a great birthday...I am thinking so by the looks of your photo. Good luck on finding more flutterbys tomorrow. In Dutch they call butterflies "flinders" I like that word for butterflies also. :)
Beautiful shot, Bill. I agree fully with blinkings - manual is the only way to go with a subject like this. I learned that the hard way with my digital camera, despite having used my (manual) Olympus OM2 for some 20 years before getting my little digital Fuji FinePix. The digital serves me well, but can fool me like mad with close-up subjects like this. The lighting here is fantastic - I had no idea how "hairy" their wings are! And, amazing to consider they have a certain degree of intelligence despite a minimal nervous system. Good luck with more photos of these beautiful fellows! :-)
WOW! Such a lovely shot and from YOU. That is a delightful surprise. I never use my Olympus anymore. Actually I should, as it can do macro, that my Point and Shoot Galaxy Camera has difficuilties doing, even though I CAN use manual settings on it. I am just very bad at it, as I constantly forget (understand) what the settings mean :-/ After all I still have a language berrier. What I miss the most in this camera, is the view finder. Some day I am going to get a bridge camera. But the question is, which one is the best.