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A bit closer.

By fufitwo      
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?

Tags: Bee Close-up and macro

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russmac 7 9 England
24 Jul 2013 8:45PM
Fantastic clarity in this shot - very well done

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3849 Canada
24 Jul 2013 9:33PM
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.


annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
25 Jul 2013 2:52PM
the bumps are ocelli!

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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