We have planted lots of different plants around school to attract insects and the buddleias always attract butterflies. There have not been as many this year as we have had previous years, but this seems to be the case across the country. This last week or so has brought a few to our school grounds and the Photography Club were set the difficult task of trying to photograph some lovely Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshells which had appeared.
Butterflies are difficult subjects to photograph as they are easy to scare and they will flutter off it you move too quickly or get to close. WildlifeKate explained that you have to move very slowly and start taking photos quite far away… move a bit closer, take another one and keep doing that, until you get as close as you can. The great thing about digital photography is that you can just delete those early ones if you get better ones, and you can also just crop in if the butterfly is too small.
Everyone had a go and we think we got some good shots. We also walked around the school grounds, looking for interesting natural subjects to photograph….
Once we have all taken a selection of photos, we will be learning how we can edit them.