Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Driving around in the South Bay area, we came across a bush filled with several species of butterfly. I am not a specialist in macro photography, but the colorful critters were just too numerous and attractive to pass by. So, I snapped on my 90mm macro lens and spent a pleasant half hour or so among them.
You need good light for macro photography and good control over depth-of-field, since at close distances the background will fall out of focus very quickly. In the above example, the eye is in focus while the spots on the wing are soft. With a little practice, close-up photography is not very difficult and can be very rewarding.