Our Ap­pren­tice says…

NPhoto - - The NPhoto Apprentice -

My photo of a Com­mon Blue taken at the end of the day turned out to be my favourite. Kissed by the sun­set, this Blue was orig­i­nally fac­ing down­wards, tucked up for a night’s rest, but af­ter be­ing dis­turbed it flut­tered around and set­tled face up on the stalk. It re­mained calm af­ter­wards, though, so I used my tri­pod and geared head to en­sure my fo­cus­ing was pre­cise. I set an aper­ture of f/11 for the best com­pro­mise be­tween depth of field and avoid­ing dif­frac­tion, and man­aged to get a shut­ter speed of 1/160 sec with +1 stop of ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, af­ter in­creas­ing the ISO to 1250 be­cause of the lower light. By back­light­ing it with the evening sun, I cap­tured a won­der­ful halo around the but­ter­fly and grass. The Leaf Hop­per, lower on the stalk, was a wel­come bonus!

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