In all my recent nature-watching trips, I've been ardently locating butterflies, dragonflies and a wide array of insects. Decided it was time to try out some macro photography. I borrowed a Tamron 90mm macro lens from my friend and set off to Madiwala Lake on Friday.
One of the first obstacles to photographing insects is...it's hard to find one that sits still! And, as I discovered, the slightest movement is enough to lose focus.
And then I found this pair of Gram Blues that didn't mind the attention. They were busy with their job for over an hour giving me ample opportunity to try out different aspects of macro photography. Did you know that the butterfly family Lycaenidae (which includes Blues and the colorful Pierrots) constitutes 40% of all butterfly species?
That was my first Macro photograph!
Encouraged by the result, I tried it out on Saturday morning again. And this was my second shot, this time of a Lesser Grass Blue.
Learnings so far:
1) Use Manual Focus. Autofocus doesn't seem to be of much use, except for initial
2) A Flash is good to have, especially because you'd be shooting with very small aperture.
3) Let the wind blow over!