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Old May 31, 2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Bee with a problem

These are grab shots of a bee moving rapidly with very brief stops from flower to flower that cannot support its weight. Autofocus is fast enough but DOF is shallow at 375mm (equivalent) close up and so is not always exactly where one would like it to be.

Carpenter bees are big bees, and White Sages have small flowers with long stamens. What to do if you are a large bee trying to get into a narrow corolla for nectar and those stamens keep getting in your way?

1 First they are in your face:

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2 Then they are in your face again:

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3 Now they are under your arms like parallel bars:

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4 Solution: Take careful aim and put your head between the stamens so they are beneath your chin - practice makes perfect!:

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Old Jun 2, 2009, 7:13 AM   #2
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nice series Penolta, always find it hard to get detail out of a black bug.

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Old Jun 5, 2009, 1:40 PM   #3
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nice series Penolta, always find it hard to get detail out of a black bug.

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Yes, black bugs are hard. These were moving too rapidly to allow manual focus, and contrast detection autofocus has a hard time with black objects. Thanks for looking and commenting.
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