Daily Archives: July 29, 2010

Photographing Flying Friends With Different Lenses

Buddy looks a little like the old Mr. Magoo!

As I was lamenting not having my Nikon 70-200mm lens while I was shooting disc golf last week, I was standing by a huge tree. Two butterflies were chasing each other, as I hoped fervently that one or both of them would land on the tree so I could snap a photo.

One finally did! In fact, he kept flying off and then landing close by and almost seemed to be posing for me, as I continued to take pix after pix of him with my Nikon 105mm macro lens . . . which I was so glad I had instead of that 70-200.

Work it, Buddy, work it!

I spent about 10 minutes snapping away at Buddy (my name for him . . . catchy, dontcha think?) and chatting with him (although it was a one-sided conversation). I had a great time getting to know him.

A small, yellow skipper stops to rest.

A couple days later, I was back taking disc golf photos. This time I was toting my 70-200mm lens, because I wanted to stay out of the way as much as possible while still getting crisp pix of my #2 son and his friend Reid. When the boys had moved on to other holes, I stayed behind because some butterflies and moths had caught my eye.

Update: Actually, according to my butterfly-expert friend Brant, these are skippers, which are in the butterfly and moth family.

A brownish skipper also takes a break from flying.

Would the long zoom lens be able to compete with the prime macro lens? I must admit that I didn’t feel as close and personal with these flying insects as I did with Buddy and the macro. Nope, I didn’t even name them.

A pair of skippers seems amorous.

But I think the 70-200mm did a fine job capturing a lot of detail. And I’m sure that these two lovebirds are awfully glad that I didn’t get too personal!