As beautiful as they are fragile, butterflies are one of my favorite subjects to shoot and one of the most difficult to get close to in the wild. Im often asked how I get so close to them and here is what Ive learned.
Shoot them when they are distracted.
Like all insects, butterflies are more likely to stay put if they are occupied. Go looking for them early in the morning when they are trying to dry out from the previous nights dew, feeding, or mating. In the heat of the day they are very active and less likely to let you get close.
Dont act like a snake.
Predators, like snakes and lizards, move slowly when they are trying to get close to a victim and then speed up for the kill. If you get excited and speed up as you are getting close to a butterfly then you are simply mimicking the motion of a predator. Keep you movements even and slow
Picture the image in your mind.
Know what image you want before you get into position and compose for it as you ar