The year 2013 is a good year for butterflies according to official announcements. I cannot tell because I only just discovered the beauty of butterflies and started to be interested in them. To the same announcement, this year is still incomparable to the years in the previous century. The numbers are still in decline.
This week I went photographing with the intend to capture butterflies in the morning. The weather was perfect, no wind, an overcast sky and a little damp. Butterflies need dry their wings to be able to fly. Therefor it takes time to warm themselves and they can be easily approached. First I could not find a single butterfly but all of a sudden they seem to appear from the dark of the night. In the grassy land beside a flower field I could see tens but not in many different sorts. A lot of Common Blues and some Common Copper species.
I hand held the camera for flexibility, which is not the common thing to do for me. 99% Of the shots I take are from a tripod. I like to slow down when I take the shots and there is no better way doing this by working from a tripod. I set the camera on aperture preference and made many shots. Most of the shots are good for the garbage bin but some of them are well worth keeping.