My charge for this is £2.50 per person, to be paid via online system. I've contacted them and you buy the tickets on the day! £4 each (if available or alternatively you can book in advance.
Ok folks.. now that the weather has got back to some normality.. l thought it's time we got the camera out again and start taking some more shots!
New mission! Last year we has a lot of fun chasing bees around the garden at the Chelsea Physic Garden (see the past event Mission 4) . This year l thought we would chase butterflies! It's macro delicious time folks. All those flying winged insects are really wonderful to capture. They're not as fast flying as a bee and their colours are worth chasing after.
Where is this taking place??? Located outside the Natural History Museum is an exhibition called Sensational Butterlies. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/sensational-butterflies/
Due to the fact that its the school Summer holidays, chances there could be a few children and families entering this exhibition. So the plan of action to get in early and to get out before they all arrive :-) (not that l have any issues with kids at all but it does become difficult difficult to take photos if the kids are bumping into you etc)
Well you need a macro lens of some nature. Alternatively you need a zoom lens. Something that can zoom in really close. Bring what you have really.
I'm going to suggest F4 or greater. The idea is to get all the butterfly in focus. Your looking to maximum depth of field. The biggest F setting you can get. For the novices who are new to photography, set your camera to aperture priority. Speak to me on the day if your unsure on what this means.
There two types of things you can try and capture a butterfly which is on a leaf or alternatively a butterfly that is flying. Both have completely different settings. For the one on the leaf l would suggest something around the 1/200th second. This should be fast enough that any hand movement by yourself should be removed. For the flying butterfly you need go to around 1/1000th. Its pretty much trial and error for this.
I've already been inside the exhibition and it pretty light inside but you still may need to boost your ISO to around 800 (or maybe faster) for that extra fast shutter speed to capture insects flying.
Not allowed inside!
Tube : South Kensington(Piccadilly, Circle and District Line) (it does get pretty busy at this station so it might be better to get off at Gloucester Road and walk down)
Word of warning, the installation is basically a green house so beware it can get hot inside but please don't let that put you off.
If we get time we might have a quick wander around the Natural History Museum as an after event.
I suggest outside the Sensational Butterflies event itself. Which is located on the East Lawn of the Natural History Museum. CHECK THE MAP FOR THE LOCATION!!!! If your not sure please contact me directly!
Task 1: Capture a Butterfly on a leaf! I want to see the antennas :-)
Task 2: If your really skilled capture a flying butterfly! This is only for the really experienced photography. For the less experienced l want you to capture a butterfly chrysalis!
Pub : The Drayton Arms, 153 Old Brompton Road, London. SW5 0LJ http://www.thedraytonarmssw5.co.uk/