Macro at the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park – Taman Rama-Rama

I went to the Butterfly Park around Jalan Parlimen area a while back in December to test out my new SB-800 flash and macro lens combination.

I was a bit noob then so my shutter speed was a bit slow as I didn’t know how to change the flash sync speed (1/60s).

Macro is very challenging, especially on live things that tend to move around.

The shame is in the Butterfly park, the Butterflys are not very colourful and most have tattered wings due to being kept in captivity. I had far more fun shooting the Dragonflys which are quite static during late afternoon.

Moth on REd

My First Dragonfly Shot


Moth Eye!

Moth Eye

Red Tip

Red Tip

Dragonfly Eye on YOU!


Regal Butterfly

Regal Butterfly

Common Butterfly – Myner I think


Dreamy Yellow




Dragonfly on Black

Dragonfly on Black

Sharp Pink

Sharp Pink

Dragonfly on Green – One of my favourite wallpapers

Dragonfly Wallpaper

It’s a good practise ground anyway, with a good variety of bugs and flowers to shoot so if you want to try it out go ahead. The only restriction is no tripods allowed as some idiots took tripods inside and destroyed a lot of the flora and fauna.

You can see the whole set including large sizes on Flickr here.




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11 Responses to Macro at the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park – Taman Rama-Rama

  1. vicky April 18, 2007 at 4:11 pm #

    Moth eye!!!
    Dragonfly on Green!!!

    Another two photos I will remember for now!

  2. Grant S. April 18, 2007 at 5:31 pm #

    Nice shots. Dragonflys always make for detailed pictures, I find, because of the wing structure. Especially like the close up eye shot – is that yr flash reflected in the eye?

  3. evie April 19, 2007 at 12:31 pm #

    nice picts… 🙂

  4. Chapree Da Grande April 20, 2007 at 10:25 am #

    The details on all the dragonflies really amazing. Since you using flash, did they fly away after you snapped them?

  5. ShaolinTiger April 20, 2007 at 7:25 pm #

    vicky: Thanks, hope to produce more memorable shots soon 🙂

    Grant S.: Yeah using on camera SB-800, haven’t built the diffuser yet for Macro, have something in mind though. Dragonflys are a great subject for macro.

    evie: Thanks evie

    Chapree Da Grande: Nah they don’t, they will fly away if you move suddenly or get to close too fast, but the flash doesn’t usually bother than as it’s so fast.

  6. Boss Lepton April 22, 2007 at 8:49 am #

    Ok shaolin, the 3rd pic is a bit too scary. Nice but scary

  7. senbai April 22, 2007 at 10:17 pm #

    the last one looked the best – good composition.

  8. Albert Ng April 23, 2007 at 5:01 am #

    HURRAY 1:1 goodness! I love the detail on “Dragonfly Eye on YOU!”

  9. ShaolinTiger April 23, 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    Boss Lepton: I guess if you have an aversion to moths it could really freak you out!

    senbai: Thanks, I really like that one too, makes a great wallpaper.

    Albert Ng: Cool eh, I love the detail on the Dragonfly too, shame my shutter speed is a little slow making it less than crystal. I’ll be going back to the Butterfly Park soon to try again, hopefully will take some with the Raynox +8 Diopter 3-element close-up filter too, giving some insane magnification!

  10. Lisa April 23, 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    Great shots!! I love the butterfly park for practising photography and stalking dragonflies .. hahaha.

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