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Just wondering how this works as a nature shot. I don't have a Macro lens yet, so was using my 18-200mm Canon lens.
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Not a bad image in general terms, but the bee is the focal point and it needs to be much sharper. You have a plane of adequately sharp focus, but it's not in the right place. You could use yourcurrent lens for a better image using f11 or 16 and a tripod, but insect photography is not easy.
When you get a macro lens you move into jungle of lighting, shutter speed, depth of field, sharpness and so on. Macro photography needs a wide range if skills and is as great a challenge as any branch of the subject.
above says it all, basically a nice image, good plain backdrop in a complementary tone but the sharpness just isnt there on the bee which is the main subject and as such demands to be crisp and in focus.
f5.6 isnt even up to the sweet spot of your lens and you need as said above to use around f11 to get the depth. to do this and maintain a reasonable speed you would need a higher iso setting than 200. im not sure with your camera where digital noise starts to be a problem but im sure you would be ok to at least 500 iso and using a tri / mono pod would help too as keeping a small subject in focus as you unavoidably sway slightly back and forwards can be quite tricky too.
Apart from the good advice above about macro work and required apertures to give sufficient DoF to include the bee, I think your camera's auto focus has snapped onto the petals rather than the bee, which is your main subject. Maybe you need to use manual focus if it is available, if it is not, then you will alsways have this problem.
Compositionally, I see the flower's petals being in the lower RH third rather than where it is at present in the upper LH third.
Thanks to everyone for your very helpful advice.
I can't add to the above, all very sound advice, and the mod. posted by Frank shows how composition could be improved to provide a more pleasing and balanced image aesthetically, Hilda.
The exif data doesnt indicate what focal length you used, just the lens, - can you tell us what it was Hilda? It might be in the exif data you still have in the shot.
Also, check out how to select and use only one focus point rather than all nine, and use that one on the subject, - the Bee in this case, to ensure your best chance of a sharp shot.
Ive added a mod Hilda, - you can get the Bee sharp, but it requires a lot of sharpening, which likely means the original may be soft. Make sure also that you remember, after you re size the image (I like the square crop, it has the Bee right on a third), that you save the new image, then open it before uploading, check sharpness and adjust as needed, save, and then upload.
Heres a link to data on your lens. Assuming you used 200mm, the sharpest aperture if f/8. If you used something else, the data is there also: http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/400-canon_18200_3556is
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