MONDAY is MACRO DAY: Grand Finale

When I started the series my aims were:

  • To run a series for ten weeks
  • To post macros each week taken in the previous seven days

Whilst I have achieved my first aim, I have fallen at the last hurdle with my second aim by not having any macros taken in the last week.

We’ve just come back from a week in Barcelona where taking close-up shots of colourful insects was not top of my priorities list.

For the final post in the series I’m using an image taken earlier in the butterfly-hunting season.


Shallow Depth of Field

Most of the macro shots I really admire from other photographers are taken with shallow depth of field which shows the subject off to best advantage.

It’s a technique I don’t use very often as I’m always scared of losing the shot by trying to minimise the background.

Even with this shot of a small skipper butterfly I kept the aperture to f4 as f2.8 seemed too much of a risk.

Small Skipper Butterfly © HelenBushe macro monday Myers Allotment

Small Skipper Butterfly © HelenBushe

Next year I’m going to be bolder and try to get more shots like this.


On Gossamer Wings

Dappled Sunlight

A Cat and a Squirrel

Smiling Dragonflies

Painted Ladies

I’m planning a new 10-week series. I have a couple of ideas (MONOCHROME MONDAY? MONDAY MADNESS? MINIMALIST MONDAY?), but not decided yet. So…..

…….Watch this space……


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bushboy · 13 September 2017 at 15:07

I actually took some photos of a small butterfly this afternoon. I don’t think it was a Skipper though. I had the same thoughts and took some dud photos.

    HMB · 13 September 2017 at 15:57

    I always tell myself that if it was easy it wouldn’t be so much fun.

      bushboy · 13 September 2017 at 22:09

      I enjoy stalking butterflies 😀

        HMB · 13 September 2017 at 22:16

        Me too

paulfraser11 · 13 September 2017 at 11:24

Fantastic picture Helen, don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s been a wonderful journey for us and I look forward to your new projects 🙂

    HMB · 13 September 2017 at 15:57

    Thank you Paul.

Arkenaten · 12 September 2017 at 12:51

In the old days, when I used an Olympus OM10, I would always play around in manual but these days I am a chicken and set the Canon on Macro (I do not have a dedicated Macro Lens) and let technology do its thing in automatic mode. And with digital it is no great hardship to run off twenty or thirty shots of a subject and be fairly confident that there will be at least one that’a passable.

I know, that’s a bit of a cop out, but what can I say? I’m too long in the tooth to worry about such things!

Nice shot Helen.

A rare visitor to our spot. I think I have got only a couple of photographs of this butterfly.


    HMB · 12 September 2017 at 16:16

    Yes, digital lets us makes as many mistakes as we please! I’m just scared the butterfly escapes before I’ve got settings and focus right.
    Thank you for your friendly comments …as always.

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