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By ach
Walking in the woods near where I live I came across this.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Bee Walk in the Woods

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paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2017 5:45PM
Not a bad effort, but you will struggle to get decent extreme close ups with a standard zoom. It would also be better had the bee been facing the camera so as not just a shot of it's back.

You are going to struggle to get a pin sharp image at f5 too - you needed to b at f11 or 16 to get better depth of field and work in the sharper area of lens performance.

So, not bad with less than ideal gear for the job but as you were using flash, if it actually hit the subject, because integral camera mounted units often don't when close, you could have used a much smaller aperture on manual.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
29 Jun 2017 5:55PM
Hi Alan.

We have the exif details attached to this image, so we are in a better position to help.

Its been a while since this image was taken, and at that time you used Manual exposure. I wonder why Manual, as you seem to be relatively new to this; we usually have to advise less experienced shooters not to use Auto!

Its quite rare that you would use M mode under normal circumstances. Its used a lot in a studio setting, rarely anyplace else.

You used a focal length of 38mm, although you had 55mm available to get closer, something to think about.

Shutter speed of 1/200th is sensible if the Bee/Flower was not moving; aperture is maximum, - the lens likely will give a sharper result stopped down to say f/5.6; ISO is 400, meaning the light was a bit low and it allowed you to use that shutter speed; and flash fired. In this mode, flash is in "fill" mode unless you altered the flash power.

The image her has been cropped heavily from the original. When you do this, any barely visible noise in the original is made larger and more visible along with the subject.

So think about shooting in RAW, which allows you more control over post processing, especially sharpening and noise reduction.

To show what the application of quite a bit of noise reduction, along with a slight exposure increase would do, Ive uploaded a modification. If you click the modification button you will see it.


dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 835 England
29 Jun 2017 10:19PM
Willie has covered it in good detail.

If you want to get in close, use the longest focal length setting on your lens to start with.
Cropping will always result in lower image quality and show up any deficiencies in technique.

as for composition, the bee's head is obscured and the bee itself is right in front of that out of focus flower in the background which is a distraction. Consider all the elements in the frame and their relationship to each other. That's a lot to think about but you can do that as you approach and frame up. Sometimes it doesn't work first time and you have to be patient.

You've uploaded two mods that are the same as the original.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1967 England
30 Jun 2017 4:43AM
Paul, Willie and Keith have covered it all, just about.

As Willie's mod shows, this is quite dark - I recko nthe colours are also oversaturated - I shall try a more pastel look...

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