Butterfly photos

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.

Area of heather, with the shadow of a photographer

While this is the shot-taken-during-an-earthquake:

Heath and grass landscape, on a slope

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!

A slightly out of focus Small Copper against the ground

I’m sure you’ve all had the bit-of-grass-got-in-the-way shot:

Silver-studded Blue on a grass stalk, with another grass stalk in the way

And, of course, there’s the one that got away….

Brimstone just flying out of the picture

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!



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