Whilst everyone else seems to have been out photographing butterflies I was at a useful workshop (I hope) learning how to use high speed flash for wildlife. I have always found flash to be crude and unhelpful for insects (....in my hands, ...your skills/experience may be better than mine) and whilst teaching was not aimed directly at butterflies I am hoping to be able to further improve my shots using the skills we learned on the day.
We did some practice on flowers and also on fruit bats in complete darkness but I was much more interested in shots which used high speed flash in very challenging lighting in full sunlight, often contre jour or similar. As an example this meercat.Meerkat using HS flash
by Peter Willmott
, on Flickr
A selection from the day are here https://www.flickr.com/photos/131956160 ... 0551437860
if you are interested.
I have spent the day trying to set up my Olympus kit to work similarly as I make more use of mirrorless for insects. Camera manufacturers are not the best at explaining how their stuff works and it seems very little on forums is true or accurate
Eventually, I made it work and was able to take shots at 1/4000th in the garden with some delicate flash fill. So I hope, If I get it right it could be a huge benefit. But time will tell.
So now that I have prepared for, attended and processed the workshop I can get back to butterflies. I did see quite a few during the workshop but didn't take pictures as we were on a tight schedule