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Bee on a flower

By BrianSS
I recently bought a Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR macro lens. I used it for the first time today photographing bees on flowers . . . . or should I say trying to !

I have to say most of them were out of focus, this one is about the best! I'm still not too impressed with this shot either. I expected a tad more DOF with a setting of f10.

I now realise how much I admire some of the macro shots I have seen on EPZ!

Any comments, advice appreciated.

ISO 400, 1/60sec, f10, 105mm.

Tags: Bee Flower Close up Close-up and macro

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LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2010 9:11PM
Nice macro. Please don't despair. I love trying (note trying) to photograph bees and I have to bin the majority of them. 1/10 half decent ones is a brilliant ratio to aim for.
Graham-Mead 11 12 9 England
29 Jul 2010 9:24PM
I had a little play with this. First I cropped a bit off, I then had a tweek on levels followed by an adjustment in the hue and saturation. Finally I gave it a bit more unsharp mask just to finish off. Nothing dramatic just a bit here and there.
BrianSS 14 418 41 England
29 Jul 2010 9:28PM
Many thanks for the mods.

Graham, perhaps a tad over sharpened, but a tighter crop does look better.
Graham-Mead 11 12 9 England
29 Jul 2010 9:36PM
The reason it's slightly over sharpened is that I didn't change the setting from my previous use.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2010 7:45AM
A good image. Not sure it is over sharpened - looks OK to me. Good effort indeed with available light and shows the VR is quite effective. I use 50mm, occasionally an old but very effective 90mm Tamron and a 150mm macro, all not stabilised and dare not even attempt 1/60 with any of them.

When this close I would be looking at f16/f18 to get about 3mm depth, so you have done well. The problem, always, when using available lght for macro is depth of field at tiny apertures. Shutter speeds too slow, high ISO effecting quality and a tripod/momopod restricting movement.

No simple answer - I favour a ringflash for the most natural artificial light, but it is usually still obviously flash.


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