Wildlife photography by Andy Wasley: A swallowtail butterfly rests on a leaf in Yakushima, Japan.

A swallowtail butterfly rests on a leaf in Yakushima, Japan.

Wildlife photography is a valuable tool in any travel photographer’s skillset; although we aren’t necessarily up to the standards of full-time wildlife photographers, it’s important to be able to show readers and viewers some of the natural attractions we spot on our travels. So during a recent visit to Japan I had to make the most of the chance to capture some of the country’s wild residents.

I travelled with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II, a superb and lightweight camera – robust enough to deal with whatever conditions the weather can throw at it, from Caribbean hurricanes to Scottish storms. Being lightweight, the camera enables me to pack more kit than if I were shooting with a larger body – including a good selection of lenses. During my travels, the excellent Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 PRO lens came in to its own: it’s simply perfect for wildlife photography, enabling me to get up close to skittish butterflies, haughty herons and world-weary macaques.Read More