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Trying to get as much of the Bees head in focus as well as fill the frame (almost) I have noticed bumps on Bees heads before but never been able to focus well enough to see what they are, I can see them on this shot but still don't know what they are. Any ideas?

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Lens:Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro + Kenko 1.4 Teleconverter Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Jul 2013 - 4:16 PM
Focal Length:135mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:A bit closer.
Username:fufitwo fufitwo
Uploaded:24 Jul 2013 - 6:36 PM
Tags:Bee, Close-up / macro
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russmac
russmac e2 Member 3russmac vcard England
24 Jul 2013 - 8:45 PM

Fantastic clarity in this shot - very well done

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2013 - 9:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very nice macro. Using the Kenko has not had any negative effect at all as far as I can see, seems to be a good combination.


Needs the head a little sharper, as done in the mod Ive uploaded. Allso reduced saturation just a little.


I have no idea what those bumps are. I have spent some time on Google with little success, - we need a bee expert to come along and explain them.


Regards



Willie

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 2186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2013 - 2:52 PM

the bumps are ocelli!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_eye_in_invertebrates

I think it is a good macro, a wee bit over-sharpened. try to downsize using nearest neighbour, you get less artefacts and don't need any sharpening.
most of the time I try to focus on the eyes, unless there is another body part you consider more important, i.e. wings or claws.
the angle you used is the most difficult one to take, being at an angle ABOVE the insect makes it easier, needing a bit less DOF and getting at least part of the body sharp as well.
a side view is also quite easy to do.
I usually set the size I want and hover till I get the insect I want, then move quickly to a good position to get the shot(s).
Please feel free to ask Karen or Carol or me about insects, the other two are better at IDing, I might be the more technical person Smile

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