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ottem16
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Feb 19, 2012 16:17 |  #1

This is my first attempt at taking photos of anything flying. I found it very challenging. Would love advice and or critique on this photo. Thank you!

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Feb 19, 2012 16:27 |  #2

although the bee isn't sharp, I really like the way you've managed to capture the movement of the wings sweeping back and forth.




  
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Feb 19, 2012 16:30 |  #3

Thank you. I realize the bee isn't in focus. It was incredibly challenging to focus on just the bee while it is flying, I focused on the Mustard by accident. Any tips on how to focus on the bee?




  
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Feb 19, 2012 18:12 |  #4

I have a few bee shots, but I get about a 5% yield of keepers! What body are you using? On my 60D I tend to use the multi-point AF Servo. What lens are you on? The big telephotos will have a DOF about as thick as a gnat's ass, so bring down the aperture will help some. I have shots where the stinger is focused but the head and half the thorax is soft..

And it is a very interesting shot. Nice thing about bees is they are pretty tolerant of you sitting there forever taking shots.

Out here in AZ I always have a few minutes of anxiety it might be an Africanized colony as I approach....LOL!


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Feb 20, 2012 15:08 |  #5

For this shot I used a T2i with a 75x300mm IS..... I will try again soon and see what I can get....




  
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Feb 21, 2012 21:14 as a reply to  @ ottem16's post |  #6

Sometimes it is challenging to lock on such a subject as a bee. Remember you do not always have to focus on the bee. Try to focus on an object that is on the same plane as the bee....maybe parts of the flower it is going to.


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