Mission 15- Macro delicious - Chasing butterflies!!!

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)

Lens

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.

Aperture
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.

Shutter speed

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.

ISO

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.

Tripod
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.

Meeting point:-
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/

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  • julia

    Hi everyone, was really nice to meet you all, this time I didn't have enough time to be there longer, but I hope next time i will. And thank you Wei, I learnt a lot about macro this time, I had a good results to be my first time getting in touch with butterflies!! looking forward for next meetup! :)

    August 27, 2013

  • Steve

    Great fun, possibly the odd decent photo. Challenging as always not to do the obvious shot. Thanks

    August 26, 2013

  • Peter

    Once again Wei you have challenged us and it was great to be part of your group. Thank you and look forward to the next challenge!

    August 25, 2013

  • Ellen S.

    Great session and people, thanks so much for organising.
    Much practice needed my end!

    August 25, 2013

  • Wei

    Hi everybody, hope you all had a good sauna :). My skin feels so refreshed after the butterfly event. Man thanks for those who managed to attend. Hope you all had fun and learnt a thing or two about butterflies.

    August 25, 2013

    • Wei

      That should of said 'Many thanks....'

      August 25, 2013

    • Sian Hillier K.

      Glad you explained - was thinking I should respond with 'Woman thanks Man!' (Me Jane you Tarzan theme. LoL)

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Delicious and instructive though challenging

    August 25, 2013

  • dkayuk

    Very challenging mission, thoroughly enjoyed it. Tempted to buy a dead butterfly/insect just to get this right!!

    August 25, 2013

  • Oliver M.

    Butterfly heaven and humidity hell but good fun

    August 25, 2013

  • Oras

    Another great mission ... it was great to see everyone again.
    Thanks Wei .. and looking forward for the next one

    August 25, 2013

  • Wei

    Were standing in the queue to get in folks

    August 25, 2013

    • dkayuk

      And it's a very long queue too!!

      August 25, 2013

    • Oliver M.

      Just joined it. It's a whopper

      August 25, 2013

  • Kathryn L

    My tomorrow's plans have changed....anyone planning on dropping out so I can take your place? :)

    August 24, 2013

  • Martin

    Hope you all have a great shoot! I'm still on holiday; I'll look forward to viewing your pics- see you soon

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • dkayuk

    Wei, I have a Sigma 105mm f2.8 macro lens and a[masked]mm zoom (with no macro capability). Never shot butterflies before. I take there isn't much point in bringing wider lenses?

    August 24, 2013

    • Wei

      Dave, the 105 will be fine. I am going to be using a 105.

      August 24, 2013

  • Steve

    Some Inspiration... (I hope). Was at my parents, one of the plants was covered in Peacock butterflies - thought I'd get some practice in. I saw the 'Marbled White' (I did have to look it up BTW) on some cliffs in Dorset.

    August 22, 2013

  • Natalie

    This sounds great and I would totally be there, if it wasn't for the fact that butterflies totally freak me out (don't ask!). Love the idea tho. Count me in for the next one! (Unless that involves stick insects or fish....)

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Oliver M.

      Oh come. Watching you getting freaked out by butterflies would make some amazing photographs haha

      August 22, 2013

    • Natalie

      That thought had also crossed my mind! Not sure that's quite the first impression I had in mind. Memorable though. ;)

      1 · August 22, 2013

  • Ellen S.

    Looking forward to meeting up and learning to use my camera!
    Butterflies-great idea.
    See you there
    Ellen

    1 · August 19, 2013

    • Ellen S.

      Thanks will do, I do not have a macro lens but a pretty good zoom so hoping it'll make do.

      August 19, 2013

    • Wei

      Ellen, don't worry... the idea is to have some fun and to try something different. There are some very skilled photographers in the group, chances are, your likely to pick up a trick or three. If you have a Nikon camera.. l might let you have a go on my macro lens :-)

      1 · August 21, 2013

  • Wei

    Ok folks... l am going to be at the venue this Sunday from around 9.30am-9.45am.. I'll be buying my ticket (£4 without donation. £4.50 with donation) as soon as l get there (providing the ticket kiosk is open that is). I'll be outside waiting for everyone to turn up. Hoping to enter the tent at the latest of 10.15am. It is rather humid and hot inside (butterflies like this type of environment). If your late and you cant see us.. chances are we're inside the tropical tent) You can't miss us.. look for people with a camera. I'll give tips to novices on how to photography butterflies.

    August 19, 2013

  • Cornel C.

    I did not realise this was on the long weekend, I am away this weekend.
    Will defiantly join next time

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh it's a shame I won't be here! Hope you get some wonderful pics

    August 15, 2013

  • Martin

    Looks like another great assignment, Wei!
    I'm off doing a walk in the Cotswolds and timings aren't fixed, so probably won't be able to make this one. Look forward to the next time :-)

    August 12, 2013

  • Kathy

    Sorry but busy that weekend

    August 6, 2013

  • Sian Hillier K.

    I really need a decent macro lens for my Cannon EOS. Does anyone in the group know of a good camera shop where I can talk to someone about what I should buy, or can anyone recommend something?

    August 5, 2013

    • Sarah K.

      The London Camera Exchange on the Strand are brilliant and should be able to help you.

      August 6, 2013

    • Sian Hillier K.

      Thanks Sarah. Much appreciated.

      August 6, 2013

  • Dave E.

    I may join later.
    The last Butterfly place I went to was not only hot but very humid.
    Will that be a problem with the cameras.
    I would also suggest that members visit the Sebastião Salgado exhibition in the NHM.
    Some fantastic pictures

    August 5, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Dave, yes your right, lve done a reccy and its pretty humid inside. Personally speaking l didn't have problem nor did anyone else that l could see that had a camera. It can get pretty crowded inside since it is restricted space. Normally l would suggest that people have a UV filter on to reduce any fogging up of the lens but its not required l think. Many thanks for your suggestion about Sebastian Salgado. It certainly is a good exhibition folks, l've seen it.

      August 6, 2013

  • Georgia L.

    Ahhhh Wei, I want be able to come as I shall be in the South of France. I am disappointed, I shall practice taking photos of french butterflies up on the mountains. See you at the next meetup

    August 5, 2013

  • Jill B.

    Would love to have joined you but away that weekend. Look forward to the photos.

    August 5, 2013

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