The Butterfly house at Chester Zoo is great……I could have happily spent much longer photographing these beautiful insects. Having said that I really do need to improve my hand-held macro technique – below are the best of the bunch, and I did take quite a few:

Butterfly 1

Butterfly 2

Butterfly 3

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

8 Responses to “Butterflies”

  1. caleephotography

    Beautiful shots of these beautiful insects! Do you know what kind they are? The last one looks amazing, with hearts on its wings!

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Camilla, I’m not sure what kind they are to be honest….but I’m hoping to pop back, so I’ll take more notice then 😊

  2. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    They look excellent to me, Mark, especially that last shot.

    I guess the important thing with a hand-held macro is to slow down and ensure you’re not breathing too heavily after a walk. That’s my problem sometimes.

    I go for a long walk around the Zoo and if it’s a hot day, I find my hands shake from the exertion. I rarely take a tripod to the zoo as there is often no room to set it up OR, there’s too big a crowd around a particular exhibit and it’s too dangerous to set it up with the potential for running children to trip over the tripod legs.

    Our Zoo butterfly house has a waist-high fence along the suspended walkway and one can lean on the fence for some shots.


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