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John C. Precht
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2005
 

Butterflies/BIG LENS


 
 
Well butterflies are becoming an addiction of mine of late.I'm shooting them with my Canon (75-300 IS)as I cant get close enough with my 18-55 stock lens so I try to be still but I get Really exited and sometimes start wobbling ...So My sweetheat bought me a mini been bag football To lay in my palm to rest the lens on while I shoot..Have not tried it yet but if that doesnt work should I speed the shutter up and shoot a higher ISO????thx ENJOY John C. Precht


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8/19/2005 7:58:03 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey john,
i don't see how putting a beanbag in your hand is going to be of any help at all,if anything the added weight will probably make you shake more.
so yeah bump the iso up to 400,and that should give you a faster shutter speed.move slowly around,they spook very easily.
hth,sam


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8/21/2005 11:58:13 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  The bean bag won't help if you are holding it. (When you "shake", so will the bag.)

Manually pre-focus your lens to its minimum focus distance, wait for the butterfly to land and start feeding then lean in and get off a shot or two before it takes off.
A shutter speed of at least 1/250 sec. would be required with your IS Canon to freeze the subject and minimize shake. (1/500 would be even better.)

Whatever light is available will determine your ISO setting and how much depth of field you can expect.
At ISO 400, you should be able to shoot 1/500 sec. at f-11 or f-16 in bright sun... or f-5.6 to f-8 if it's cloudy.


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8/21/2005 3:42:35 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey bob,
that's great info for most,but i'm pretty sure john is using auto.i think pre focusing is something he probably needs to expierment with,just from his post.
i set my camera in sports mode for the fastest shutter speed.stupid eh?
your figures are exactly on the money.but I think john is moving too fast in his pursuit,and scaring off the prey.i think patience is the key here,not the settings.
i have seen many of your posts,and have learned much.but only at my speed.
your technical knowledge exceeds most of us amateurs.
camera makers have instilled in many,pick my camera,and I will give you great pictures.
and yet you have helped me again.
thank you bob,and john,i hope you have the info you need.
sam


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8/21/2005 10:00:37 PM

 
John C. Precht
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2005
  THX TO YOU BOTH......OK SO I HAVE BEEN SHOOTING MANUAL AS I DONT LIKE THE AUTO AND I BLOW ALOT OF SHOTS BUT AFTER READING YOUR COMMENTS I TRIED SETTING IT UP IN PROGRAM MODE AND NOW I BUMP MY ISO UP AND GO FROM THERE ...AS FAR AS PATIENCE GOES I LIKE TO SIT AND WATCH GRASS GROW....MY PROBLEM IS ME..I GET EXITED AND START TREMBLING FROM ADRENALINE..MAYBE VALIUM???HMMN THX AGAIN AND ENJOY, JOHN


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8/27/2005 1:35:56 PM

 
Nicole Kessel   Hi John,

Have you tried photographing butterflies at a local butterfly house? They are much more likely to hold still for you there and you can really take your time composing a shot. Also, if you miss a shot another opportunity presents itself fairly quickly in that environment. It may even help you practice for when the "real thing" comes along in your own garden.

Personally, I would suggest increasing your shutter speed if your lens is fast enough to expose at the correct aperature setting for the conditions. If you shoot at a higher ISO you may see more grain/noise. Which is something you definitely won't want in a detailed butterfly shot. A monopod may help you out too! :)


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8/27/2005 2:21:45 PM

 
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