Tiny Sensor Butterfly Macro

This article shares a selection of tiny sensor butterfly macro photographs captured handheld with an Olympus TG-5 using its microscopic mode.

These photographs were captured a few years ago during a visit to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/400, ISO-640, microscopic mode

Since the butterflies are born and raised at the facility they are a lot more acclimatized to people.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/400, ISO-800, microscopic mode

This makes most of them less skittish and more approachable than butterflies found in the wild.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/400, ISO-200, microscopic mode

It also makes it much easier for a photographer to find subject butterflies, look for decent lighting in the facility, and adjust their shooting angle without scaring butterflies away.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-1600, microscopic mode

I enjoy getting in very close to my subjects when capturing macro images, so the close focusing ability of the TG-5 suits my photographic style.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/160, ISO-800, microscopic mode

I also enjoy incorporating some of the environment in my butterfly images as it can help to provide context.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/125, ISO-200, microscopic mode

When capturing tiny sensor butterfly macro images it can be challenging to find an appropriate shooting angle where the background is distant enough to be blurred. When you compare the image above with the two that follow, you can see the advantage of getting in tighter to the subject in terms of creating background blur.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/125, ISO-400, microscopic mode

Photographing at a facility like the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory provides photographers with the opportunity move in extremely tight to subjects. For many of the photographs that follow, my TG-5 was so close to the subject butterflies that they were only few centimetres away from touching the front of my camera.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-1250, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-400, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/400, ISO-320, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 15 mm, efov 85 mm, f/4.5, 1/320, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-800, microscopic mode

The Niagara Butterfly Conservatory is one of my favourite photographic locations, and I look forward to a post-COVID time when I can once again visit safely.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/200, ISO-800, microscopic mode

The Olympus TG-5 was my first ever Olympus camera. I was very pleasantly surprised with the image quality that it could produce, and the innovative technology (like the microscopic mode) packed into it. It was the TG-5 that made me curious about other Olympus products and prompted me to investigate further.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/160, ISO-800, microscopic mode

Technical Note

Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear and technology as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. All photographs are displayed as full frame captures without any cropping.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/320, ISO-800, microscopic mode

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2 thoughts on “Tiny Sensor Butterfly Macro”

  1. I agree with you I have a TG-6, and both macro lenses. I find that I use the TG-6 unless I need more working distance. I have been an Olympus user since 1984 and really enjoy your blog. Stay well and keep up the good work.

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