Nice male and female Chalk hill Blues here Bryn.
There are many "ways" to tell the difference between Chalk hill Blues and Common Blues, but the most simple way is - The Common Blue has a plain fringe (around the wings)...the Chalk hill Blue (like the Adonis Blue) has a chequered fringe around...
As an when...
Common Blue Butterfly (male) 2nd brood. (uncropped). 6th July 2019. by Testudo Man, on Flickr
Female Marbled White Butterfly (uncropped). 22nd June 2019. by Testudo Man, on Flickr
Female Chalk hill Blue Butterfly, at sunset. (uncropped). 24th July 2019. by Testudo Man, on Flickr
As has been suggested, try the option of the electronic shutter.
Ive been using a G7 these last couple of months(for my butterfly images) an all i use(exclusively) is the electronic shutter.
Heres an example shot of a smallish butterfly (the Chalk hill Blue). Image is not cropped. Jpeg, AF...
Since ive recently got a Panny G7, i havent been using my V1 for a few months now!
However, a family of Blackcaps are starting to hang out in my garden, an they are feasting on the Blackberries.
So i dusted off my V1/FT1/Nikon 300mm/Nikon 1.4 teleconverter setup, to try to capture a few images...
For several years now, i get Blackcaps visit my garden(in Winter/Spring/Summer).
Its just a suburban house, but my garden backs onto a well established wooded area/motorway verge, so im lucky to sight all sorts of wild creatures.
This last few days, ive noticed a family of Blackcaps feeding on...
Just adding some more recents.
Small Skipper Butterfly (uncropped). 6th July 2019. by Testudo Man, on Flickr
Chalk hill Blue Butterfly (male) uncropped. 13th July 2019. by Testudo Man, on Flickr
Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly (male) uncropped. 2nd July 2019. by Testudo Man, on Flickr
Ive got 1000's of images, with busy/messy backgrounds too...But i do try to favour nice clean backgrounds these days. ;)
A couple more images. Both images are not cropped.
Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly (male) uncropped. 28th June 2019. by Testudo Man, on Flickr
Female Dark Green Fritillary...
Ive checked out a few reviews, an watched several youtube vids, an they all say the same.................the Leica 12-60mm beats the Lumix 12-60mm, all day long.
But im "open" to anyone saying different (with hands on experience/testing out in the field etc) with both lenses side by side. ;)
This G7 is still making me smile some...Its probably helped me produce/capture some of my best Butterfly images to date. Ive got the ISO set for max 1600, but i reckon i could increase this further still. My Panny Bridge Cameras start to struggle beyond ISO 200!
Only trouble is...i want even...
Thanks for that.
A couple more images, from Saturday just gone.
The Marbled Whites were plentiful (100+)...but the Dark Green Fritillaries were way less in numbers (20+).
Since it was wall to wall sunshine here in Kent, i had to wait for the DGF's to come into roost...they were still basking...
Thanks for that Kevin.
The Green Hairstreaks are all but gone now (this time of the year) so we will have to wait until next year, to have another go, at capturing images of these fiesty little swines. ;)
No problems. I think i remember you telling me about this guy before...the one who uses...
Just quoting you on this again Graham. ;)
Ive looked at most of the Exif data on the my images in this thread. As i said, i rarely drop below 1/250 shutter speed. One of the images in this thread was shot at 1/200, but that was pusing it, being handheld, it can be hard to capture an image in...
99.9% of the time, i will not use flash for my Butterfly images. No tripod ever used either, all the images above are handheld. Sometimes(but hardly ever) i might rest the camera on my rucksack/camera bag, which will be on the ground.
I try not to drop below 1/250 shutter speed, because with...
No problems, as long as i answered the question you asked me. ;)
Thanks for that, yes, it only took me a decade of chasing Green Hairstreaks around the Kent countryside, before i finally got lucky.
Cheers for the comment mate, ive never printed any of my images...maybe i will one day!
Cheers for your comment.
I had a fantastic time with a couple of Green Hairstreaks on that day. I'd been after good Green Hairstreak images for a number of years, an i finally captured some beauties.
A couple more GH images.
Green Hairstreak Butterfly (uncropped). 6th May 2019. by Testudo Man...
Cheers for that.
Im slightly confused by your question about cropping?
I'll try to answer your question, with what i think your asking me ;)
All my images that state uncropped...means that thats how i shot the image of the butterfly. I generally upload images that are between 15% and 20% of...
Several Butterfly images from my 2019 season so far.
I might keep adding to this thread, as the year progresses.
PS. various cameras/lenses/set ups utilized. Most of my images are not cropped, just downsized.
Green Hairstreak Butterfly (uncropped). 6th...
No problems mate, its all good ;)...i dont just shoot close up butterflies...I also do some macro as well.
I'll give you a couple of examples, but they are not cropped images, they are as usual, just down sized.
One other thing, they are not MFT either...but i havent had a chance to see how well...
Thats the problem right there, defining macro/close up...there are so many different levels of macro...you have close up/macro/extreme macro/ultra macro!!???
Its all a bit confusing...but for me, when dealing with live subjects (that havent been cooled down in a plastic bag in a freezer) yes...
What close up/macro subjects will you be shooting?
Whilst ive only just joined the MFT brigade myself, im also looking at the Oly 60mm macro lens. I think it would work well, either on its own, or with a Raynox/close up filter attached.
This last weekend, i used a panny G7, with the 12-60mm...
Ive highlighted the bit in your post...see my opinion/response to woof woof/Alans post.
I just cant agree with you, that MF is best utilized for close up/macro.
For me, and my chosen (live) subjects, its AF all the way.
Exactly...try shooting live subjects in their own environment with MF!? it just aint gonna happen.
I use AF all the time too...I think i tried MF once, when i was shooting some images of an adult Common lizard, which was basking on a log...i soon went back to AF, for said lizard.
I cannot agree with you. I would think most people are looking into macro/close up photography, from a hobbyist point of view. They are not professionals, shooting a series of high end product images, in a clinical/sterile/controlled environment. They are just looking to shoot some images of...
2 images from last Sunday afternoon. Conditions were not the best...poor light, very light rain in the wind.
Not many butterflies around, but i never give up!...you just never know what might present itself. ;)
A beautiful, freshly emerged female Common Blue. Images are not cropped. 2...
A shot from last Sunday afternoon...poor light, very very light rain(in the wind)...it was hard going (out in the field) until i found this freshly emerged female Common Blue Butterfly!! She was a stunner, an she was sighted nectaring on an Ox-eye Daisy.
Panny G7/45-150mm/Raynox 150. Manual...
A good field test for my "newish" Panny G7 the other evening.
Strong winds, approx 7.30pm, fading light etc.
Female Common Blue Butterfly, at roost. 2/6/19, 7.27pm. Maunual f/5.6 1/320 ISO 1000. Handheld, Jpeg. Image is not cropped.
I would not normally shoot at ISO 1000 (thats quite...
Thanks for your comment Andrew, which is always appreciated.
Theres plenty of close up/macro photography/photographers, on places like Flickr (as well as this site) which also inspire me, in trying to produce better images too.
Several more of my Butterfly images.
None of these are cropped...