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.
My First Dragonfly Shot
Dragonfly Eye on YOU!
Common Butterfly – Myner I think
Dragonfly on Black
Dragonfly on Green – One of my favourite wallpapers
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.
Dragonfly on Green!!!
Another two photos I will remember for now!
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?
nice picts… 🙂
The details on all the dragonflies really amazing. Since you using flash, did they fly away after you snapped them?
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.
Ok shaolin, the 3rd pic is a bit too scary. Nice but scary
the last one looked the best – good composition.
HURRAY 1:1 goodness! I love the detail on “Dragonfly Eye on YOU!”
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!
Great shots!! I love the butterfly park for practising photography and stalking dragonflies .. hahaha.