Like many of my photo adventures, this too started as a make-work project - I'd exhausted the local supply of cut flowers and plants so I was desperate for 'something' to shoot. I called the closest butterfly conservatory to ask if I could have some of their specimens to shoot after they die and they said "Yes and for free". A few days later, after travelling over 4 hours and nearly 350 Km, I was back home with my first batch of 18 butterflies. I knew that there were a large number of butterflies in the world but I'd only ever seen them in collections and a few local varieties. Unpacking them, I was amazed by the different colours, wing patterns and sizes - some even had their wings flat so I could easily shoot the top and bottom surfaces. They filled the frame, so initially a macro wasn't needed, and after the first shot I did my usual 100% zoom-in, to check for sharpness, and that's when the discoveries began to happen. I started with just wanting to take 'nice' photos that were interesting but it turned out to be so much more.
Colours - black, white and everything in between
At first I assumed that their colouration allowed them to blend in with their habitat but unless it's a lava bed, snow or some other strange place - it just can't be.