Painted Lady Butterfly


Butterflies! I don’t know what that purple flower is called but it grows in my yard and they were very into it this year. I looked up the butterfly species and to the best of my knowledge the one is a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and the other is a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).

I had a few things I had to adjust in pursuit of a sharp image. I was shooting with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens on a full-frame body and both shutter speed and aperture had to be increased to compensate for camera shake and depth of field, respectively, when shooting at the end of the zoom. Most of these are shot with a 1/320 shutter and f/7.1 aperture. Being in the shade meant that at this shutter speed and aperture combo, I had to bump up to a 400 ISO to compensate.