Aren’t butterflies beautiful? Photographing them is a pure delight of mine. It’s not an easy endeavor, however. These gentle creatures can surely be a most difficult subject to capture in the perfect setting as they flutter around from flower to flower in search of pollen. It is hard to nearly impossible to predict when and where they will land, thus making it almost impossible to try and plan for a great shot. For me a great shot includes a colorful flower, a nice smooth, soft colored background without a lot of distracting features and a great close up featuring the butterfly in all its glory.
Although I have taken many butterfly photographs I truly love this image is quite possibly my best so far. To make it even more special for me it is of a western tiger swallowtail butterfly which I have only been able to photograph on a couple occasions. It has a great soft colored, smooth background. It has a brightly colored flower for the butterfly to perch on and it is a close up of the butterfly with no distractions at all in the background, thus giving all the attention to the subject in the image. I have to say I am extremely pleased with how this one turned out. Summer is in full swing and hopefully I will have more opportunities to photograph more butterflies, including a variety of other species if possible. This image, however, is a perfect example of what I hope to achieve with my future images of these beautiful creatures.