Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

July 2, 2010 Comments Off on Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)


A trip over to Manchester gave me an hour in my favourite place, the Peak District, on the way home today. I’ve been trying a few things with a macro setup and so parked up on the slopes of Mam Tor to shoot some butterflies.

As the sun started to drop, these butterflies started to look for somewhere to spend the night, which gives me a chance to get in close with the camera.

I used a Canon 180mm f3.5 L with a 1.4x converter, giving a focal length of about 250mm. f5 with a diffused flash so soften the harsh flash lighting. Just need an arm or something to hold the flash now.  They key to this type of shot is as always with wildlife to get the camera down to your subject’s eye level.  Which meant laying down in the grass for an hour in the sunshine 😉

Anyway, a very pleasant way to spend an hour instead of sitting in traffic watching the tail lights.

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