We are always a little concerned that people think there are expert butterfly photographers, and if you are not an expert, you can’t send in photos. You can. ‘Experts’ probably have good cameras and some technical knowledge, plus a lot of patience to get their shots, but they also take a lot of duff shots – remember, you only see the best ones.
I’m Lyn Pullen, the main editor of this website, and I’m far from an expert, though I have got a good camera which does a lot of the work. I thought I’d share a few of my less-than-wonderful shots in the hope of encouraging you. I’d love to see some of your ‘failed’ shots – do send them in, hopefully we’ll cheer up these gloomy February days!
I’ll skip the numberous ones which are just out of focus.
This is one of the ‘I’m so focussed on getting the butterfly I don’t notice my own shadow’ shots.
While this is the shot-taken-during-an-earthquake:
And this is one of the ‘I’m sure there’s a butterfly in there somewhere’ shots. There is actually a Small Copper in the bottom left. I can’t share some of the others, because even I can’t find the butterfly in them!
I’m sure you’ve all had the bit-of-grass-got-in-the-way shot:
And, of course, there’s the one that got away….
Sigh! Still, at least in the digital age, the failures aren’t as expensive as they used to be.
Do dig out some of your more memorable failures and share them!