Port­fo­lio re­view

David Leach shares a se­lec­tion of his del­i­cate macro shots of but­ter­flies and hon­ey­bees on bright, vi­brant flow­ers

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We give our thoughts on David Leach’s mag­nif­i­cent macro world of bees and but­ter­flies vis­it­ing flow­ers

Bees and but­ter­flies by them­selves are not very in­ter­est­ing, in my opin­ion, ex­cept maybe to an en­to­mol­o­gist. So in­stead, I thought to use flow­ers as a colour­ful show­case for the in­sects and also to show them feed­ing to add an el­e­ment of ac­tiv­ity. I would say that the but­ter­flies are re­ally the most dif­fi­cult sub­jects to pho­to­graph as they gen­tly flit from flower to flower. They are sur­pris­ingly brisk movers and they don’t linger on a flower for long at all, but I dis­cov­ered that they move up the stems as they feed on laven­der, so I fo­cused about an inch or so higher and then fired off a burst of shots as the but­ter­fly came into the frame. How­ever, I think I might have cropped the but­ter­fly too se­verely [1] and per­haps should have shown more of the but­ter­fly and less flower in this com­po­si­tion.

A bit of ju­di­cious crop­ping – and maybe some luck – pro­duced my shot of a hon­ey­bee on the echi­nacea [2]. On re­flec­tion, I think I should have moved po­si­tion

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