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Old Aug 23, 2002, 3:16 PM   #1
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I use an Olympus 2100UZ to collect wildlife images from my garden for my garden diary and this is one of a series of images of Leaf-cutter bees that I have been collecting this week.

The UZI is an excellent camera but has rather limited 'macro' capabilities so I am using a stacked trio of close-up lenses to get shots like this. They include two Sigma achromatic macro lenses and an Olympus A-macro converter lens. These, combined with the camera's x10 zoom lens gives me a very useful lens/object separation distance.

To get this shot I used manual focusing on a predicted spot, along with the smallest aperture available (f8) and the camera's built in flash. The bee's flightpath was unpredictable so a lot of attempts were needed before this image was captured. The camera was powered with a mains adaptor.

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-Garden wildlife diaries at http://www.mybitoftheplanet.com
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Old Aug 23, 2002, 4:08 PM   #2
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Great picture. Thank you for sharing
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 1:00 AM   #3
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Wow, great shot. Welcome aboard. That,s an excellent shot of a bee in flight, really great catch.

Psst, cute title.
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 5:17 AM   #4
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Great shot. Wish I shot it. A flying bee is always difficult to shoot.
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 2:17 PM   #5
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Congratulations - that's a very good shot & title! I have the same camera & for close-ups I use a 50mm diameter lens from a pair of old 7x50 binoculars. I just mounted this in a cardboard tube lined with felt. It's a perfect push fit on the Olympus lens barrel. I don't even have to switch the camera to macro - all I use is the zoom.
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 4:02 PM   #6
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Why not show us a photo of it...maybe some of us could get some ideas...
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Old Sep 14, 2002, 2:27 AM   #7
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A Wow shot! There is so much to "See" in our own Backyards. Enjoy the little Critters.:P
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I would call that " coming home"

It's great !
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Old Sep 21, 2002, 4:10 PM   #9
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What a super capture. A flying bee is one big challenge and you got it so sharp too.
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