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The 45 Challenge

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by MJB, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I set myself the challenge of photographing all 45 species of Butterflies that are native to Wiltshire and have just 5 left to get. Managed to get 2 of the trickier ones , due to a lack of suitable habitat in the county. Luckily there's a tiny part of the New Forest heathland within Wiltshire's boundary.

    Grayling

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    Silver Studded Blue

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  2. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    One question about your impressive pictures: are they all taken just using natural lighting (possibly with a reflector too)? There is one of AP's 'in association with' articles in the latest issue that suggests a real man need help from a nice LED light source to get results this good.
     
  3. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    All natural light.
     
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  4. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Perhaps you should offer to write an article for AP: 'How to photograph butterflies without spending money on additional lighting'.
    This would probably be of interest to more people than the one in the magazine.
     
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  5. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    It would be quite short. "Point camera at butterfly, press shutter release".
     
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  6. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Unless you are a world-class exponent of the "throw manure at the wall until some sticks" school of photography, there must be more than that!

    Adrian
     
  7. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Know your subject.
    Research.
    Explore.
    Locate.
    Wait.
    Patience.
    Wait.
    Point camera and shoot.

    I guess.
     
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  8. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    A much better summation of my point.

    Adrian
     
  9. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Pretty much sums it up. It's more about finding the shot, than the technicalities.
     
  10. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Don't shout it too loud, camera makers might go out of business if people twig that!

    Adrian
     
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  11. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Wait, patience and wait are why I gave up my (limited) ambitions of being a world class wildlife photographer ;)
     
  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Excellent! That would make a good book!
     
  13. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    That's my ultimate aim. A way off yet though, as I'll have to wait for next July to get a Purple Emperor.
     
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  14. alfbranch

    alfbranch Well-Known Member

    If you want the best results you need to pick the
    This will work but for the best results add also wait for the right light as in a bright slightly overcast day to give nice diffused light. Along with a few other things going right like a freshly emerged specimen etc
     
  15. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Ah... the experts make everything look so easy: but merely being very competent no longer involves enough pain and suffering for your art.

    Perhaps you could expand this to 2,000 words, explaining your personal philosophy of life, the universe and everything. Don't forget to casually mention your favourite camera body and lens for this type of work, preferably very recent models that are very expensive. Also explain the personal sacrifices made to achieve the shots: getting up two hours before dawn, walking many miles across the countryside with only a satellite APP on your state-of-the-art smartphone to guide you at every step, living on only a chocolate camera and a bottle of water, coping with storm and tempest, and finally waiting for two weeks for the perfect shot.

    And when you put in on the AP forum, everybody assumes you took the picture in your garden.
     

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