Richard Story  


BEE by Richard Story

August 2020 - BEE

About the Image(s)

CANON 7D MKIV
100-400 MM WITH 1.4 TC MAKING THIS 560MM
1/3200
F/8
ISO 400
HANDHELD

HAD BEEN FOLLOWING BEES MOST OF THE MORNING THIS ONE IS MAYBE THREE FEET AWAY. WAS ABLE TO CAPTURE HIM COLLECTING POLLEN, THANKS TO HIM WHY ALLERGY WAS LESSENED THAT DAY AS HE COLLECTED QUITE A BIT BEFORE IT COULD GET TO ME LOST SOME FOCUS ON THE FRONT ANTENNA, AND SOME OF THE REAR. BUT I LOVED THE EYE, SO I DID A SLIGHT VIGNETTE TO HIGHLIGHT THAT.


2 comments posted

Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
THIS IS AN IMAGE I'LL KEEP AND REVISIT OFTEN, RICHARD! BELIEVE IT IS A 'MASON BEE'? THE COMPOSITION IS PERFECT, COLORS ARE EYE CATCHING AND COMPLIMENTARY. YOUR FOCUS IS SPOT-ON THE BEE AND I WAS SURPRISED BY THE DOF YOU ACHIEVED AT F/8. WILL BE TRYING YOUR SETTINGS. HOW DID YOU GET THE BROWNISH-TAN BACKGROUND. THANKS.   Posted: 08/03/2020 23:12:16

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Richard: You got in close and personal to the bee, they are a real challenge to photograph well as they are continually on the move much of the time.
In reading your meta data I have one suggestion to offer and just my humble opinion of course. Shooting with your 100-400 zoom @ 400mm with 1.4X attached and using f/8 your depth of field is extremely shallow to begin with. You can help this out somewhat by stopping your lens down to f/16 which will gain some added sharpness on the body of the bee. Shooting at shutter speed of 1/3200 is a faster speed than needed for this subject, you could easily give up some shutter speed for added depth of field and better sharpness on the bee. I do not recommend using f/22 as you will be experiencing diffraction issues. Like your composition and a really good effort !!   Posted: 08/04/2020 11:54:38

 

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