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Backyard Bee

By unk001  
I live in the desert southwest (Arizona) and quite often while sitting in the backyard with one of my cameras ill catch a good shot of a visitor to one of my wife's flowers.. Some days I get lucky Sad

Tags: Nature Close-up and macro

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dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
6 Aug 2014 9:05PM
Your timing is very good, capturing the bee in flight as it approaches the flower.

However, the insect isn't completely sharp, and i suspect focus is out slightly. It is very critical at such close distances.
Your shutter speed isn't bad, you've chosen well to try and stop the action. There isn't really a crisp part of the flower - I'm looking at the sharpest part just in front of the bea which shows what looks like a very small amount of camera movement. It is perfectly possible to have camera movement showing even at 1/640, often in the edge being taken off the image. Been there done that etc.

Perseverance is the key, and a nice way to do it sitting in the back yard!
The position of the bee and flower make for an attractive image, but I'd crop this square to remove the distraction on the far right.
You can always position a neutral or non distracting background behind the flower (for example a small fence panel or part of a panel, it doesn't need to be large, just big enough to fill th eframe at this close range), then sit and wait.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
6 Aug 2014 9:17PM
Welcome to EPZ Charles.

Its quite a difficult shot, isnt it.

So my 2 cents.The noise is quite intrusive at ISO 1600, but you needed a high ISO. You can use a Noise Reduction program to help with this, as I have done in my mod (scroll up, click the tab)

Its underexposed. This is because you selected the shutter speed, and the ISO, and the lens was at maximum, so it wasnt able to open more to add that extra exposure.

If you have done so, try using autofocus tracking on the camera to follow small subjects, Bees, Hummingbirds, etc.

The mod has this addressed, - its a little brighter; the Bee doesnt look too bad with less noise and more exposure. Mine is the second Mod.

Enjoy the site,


dudler Plus
14 700 1339 England
6 Aug 2014 10:22PM
And welcome to EPZ and the Critique Gallery from me, too. Post here for advice on technique, composition and so on - preferably with specific questions or problems. Alternatively, you can post in the main gallery, and just receive appreciation for your work!

Wildlife closeups are very challenging, and utterly beyond me!

You are pushing the limits here: lens wide open, and high ISO, at the long end of the zoom.

I think there's a decision to make about shots like this, between the motives for taking the picture:

1 I saw it, and I want to record it to help my memory and show my friends. No big issues over technical imperfection;

2 technical record for academic purposes - if you can't get it any other way, imperfect is fine, but a ringflash and tripod are highly desirable;

3 art shot: technicalities don't matter, providing it's beautiful - something to make the soul sing.

Only you know which category you wanted this to be in...
unk001 3
7 Aug 2014 2:08AM
Thank for your well thought out comments... the day was early in the morning as the sun was just starting to shine on the flowers since the high ISO, I usually like a much lower one a faster shutter speed... I've never used a ring flash so its something I might try...have to buy one first... for this shot a tripod was as I had tried one with my Leica v lux 2 problem was the bees wouldn't hold still long enough to get the shot I wanted...But it was fun and learned a few things... thanks again for your comments and I look forward to seeing more in the future...c
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2014 5:38PM
Just not the right gear. Very difficult to get this right and you need a dedicated macro lens and a bright light source to get the bee in focus and pin sharp. You will struggle without such equipment.

unk001 3
8 Aug 2014 6:24PM
The struggle is where I learn...I've only been at this since the early 70's and digital for just the last 8 years... however for the first time in my life i have space to move forward... I really welcome your and other critiques as i have said before it really hard to get honest opinions...c

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