I’ve had this picture in my portfolio for years but, for some reason, it’s never made it onto the photoblog. In wandering the archives, I found several pictures which fall into this category so I’ll be adding them over the next couple of weeks.
This head-on view of a Gulf Fritillary feeding on lantana was shot with a very cheap 70-300mm lens (not the VR version, the cheap one that Nikon used to produce. Maybe it’s still available) and some extension tubes. The trick here was manual focus (the flower was moving around in the wind and AF couldn’t keep up) and persistence, taking lots of shots in continuous mode to catch one where the butterfly was right in the plane of focus.
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