That’s what many people think when I inform them that I love, love, love to take butterfly pictures from my mobility scooter. They question why would I choose a subject that is seemingly uncooperative, unhelpful, and unpredictable? Would it not be simpler for you to focus on a static subject?
“Where’s the fun in that?” I reply.
However, as you can see from this post it is possible. How?
Well, in today’s post I’m going to share with you three simple and doable tips that will help you to capture the moment and send you home with an extra spring in your step or a few extra mph on your mobility scooter.
The type of camera that you use is not of primary concern. However, for those that are interested, I captured the photo above on a Nikon D7200 camera with a Macro Lense.
SCOUT AREAS THAT ARE COMPATIBLE
If you’re like me then you will want to grab any opportunity to get out of the house and go for a walk, short cycle ride or a trip on your scooter. (Remember to charge the battery.) Well, on those days even if you plan for a photo shoot be on the look for areas where you see butterflies resting or feeding.
Where should you look?
That’s the beauty of the butterfly. Each species of butterfly have their own preference when it comes to where they will rest, feed and lay the larvae. There are many websites that are packed with information on which plants each species of butterfly likes.
So when you are heading through the park, or even your very own road be on the look out!
BE READY TO GO!
When you have found an area where you’ve sighted butterflies resting and feeding then it’s time to grab your camera.
This point might surprise you. Butterflies are not as skittish as many may think. Really, only sudden movement scares them and cause them to immediately depart and fly around. This emphasizes the importance of setting up your camera before you head out of the house or maybe just before you head into that particular street, park or meadow that hosts these beautiful creatures.
What should your settings be?
- Aperture Priority: This allows you to choose your aperture setting. The speed of the shutter will be controlled automatically by your camera.
- Macro: The Macro setting helps you to get real close-ups of your subject. I have a Tamron Lens 70-300.
For all the talk about places, settings, and cameras this point is the most important.
Without patience, you’ll only be relying on luck and coincidence. Patience though can give you a number of shots and different outcomes that will be so much more fulfilling. Imagine the next time you are with family and friends, you’ll be able to amaze them with the photos that you have taken despite the fact that your mobility is impaired.
I remember a time when I was in a little more than comfortable pain and so wanted to get home to rest. However, I decided to stick it out just a little longer and this is what I got.
What can help you be patient?
- Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t be rushed or trying to fit your photos shoot in between other appointments.
- Get off your scooter (IF YOU CAN). If I’m having a good day pain wise, I might slip to the ground on a cushion and wait. I know that I can’t rush off all of a sudden. If you really can’t get off the scooter then maybe just put your keys in your pocket, or bag. At least then you’ll have time to convince yourself not to be impatient.
- Think about the pictures in this post. If I hadn’t been patient, then I wouldn’t have been able to share them with you.
Using these 3 very simple suggestions, you can definitely bag yourself a photo that you will be proud of.
It would be great to hear from you on whether you found these suggestions helpful or not.
Even more, I would love to see the photos you take after trying out these 3 simple steps to capturing a more breathtaking photo.