Macro photography – small skipper butterfly

Small skipper butterfly
Small skipper butterfly

This is another in my macro photography series, and this time features a small skipper butterfly.

I took this picture in the priors wood area of Stevenage in August this year with what is now my standard macro photography kit consisting of my Pentax K5 and Tamron 90mm f/2.8. To get this picture I cropped from a bigger image to produce this more detailed and closer image. I think the interesting thing about this picture are the small ‘barbs’ which appear on the butterflies legs. I can’t find a reference to these in any of my butterfly books or on-line.

I had to apply quite a bit of noise reduction and sharpening in Lightroom because the iso was set quite high and the cropping magnified the noise somewhat. Overall I’m quite pleased with the quality of the image.

  • Pentax K5
  • Tamron 90mm
  • iso400
  • f/9.0
  • 1/160sec


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