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RafalW Mar 6, 2011 9:48 AM

Bee shots with FZ35
 
The sun was out so perfect bee time. All shots where with manual focus, F4,5ish shutter 1/1000 and iso 80

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cfrock Mar 6, 2011 9:57 AM

Truly impressive-Very nicely done!!

happy_peasant Mar 6, 2011 10:03 AM

Nice shots. I like the last one best. I will have to remember to try bees when the snow melts. I have shot fireflies like this but never thought of bees.

Steve

saly Mar 6, 2011 10:44 AM

Rafal - These are absolutely beautiful! #2 is my favorite, the lighting is fantastic. Then, the last one.

StefanS Mar 6, 2011 11:20 AM

Rafal,

incredible shots, fantastic!

There is no more to say.

I hope, that I will reach your prowess one day!

Cheers,

Stefan

mtclimber Mar 6, 2011 12:55 PM

Nice shots and very sharp, Refal-

Good job.

Sarah Joyce

DyaneG Mar 6, 2011 1:26 PM

Absolutely cracking, you really are the "bees knees" - lovely series. I would have been happy just to have captured the crocus in No.2 (sooooo sharp). No. 3 is my fave with The Bee flying off with his hoard of pollen attached to his legs.

jjdog2 Mar 6, 2011 5:15 PM

Rafal Those are really fantastic shots. Question, when you used manual focus on these shots did you focus and lock on the flower before the bee arrives or do you manual focus on the bee in flight?

jj

RafalW Mar 7, 2011 3:18 AM

Thanks for the great comments guys.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jjdog2 (Post 1206582)
Rafal Those are really fantastic shots. Question, when you used manual focus on these shots did you focus and lock on the flower before the bee arrives or do you manual focus on the bee in flight?

jj

I actually focused on my finger while it was 7-10cm away from the lens. I used a F4.5 to make the DoF a little wider. Then I went running around and just rushing the camera near the flower at the distance I had my finger in and used burst shooting hoping that at least 1 of those 3 would be nice.

After a while you know how to point your camera without looking at the screen (usually I had to point a bit lower then expected)
The % of that succeded was pretty high.

For shot #2 and #3 I used max zoom and was about 1m away. There I used auto focus. But I don't like to wait for the camera to auto focus, thus I preferred manual.

I'm not that patient to wait for bees to arrive at a flower, I prefer to run around and "hunt" them

jjdog2 Mar 7, 2011 8:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RafalW (Post 1206688)
Thanks for the great comments guys.



I actually focused on my finger while it was 7-10cm away from the lens. I used a F4.5 to make the DoF a little wider. Then I went running around and just rushing the camera near the flower at the distance I had my finger in and used burst shooting hoping that at least 1 of those 3 would be nice.

After a while you know how to point your camera without looking at the screen (usually I had to point a bit lower then expected)
The % of that succeded was pretty high.

For shot #2 and #3 I used max zoom and was about 1m away. There I used auto focus. But I don't like to wait for the camera to auto focus, thus I preferred manual.

I'm not that patient to wait for bees to arrive at a flower, I prefer to run around and "hunt" them

Rafal - Thank you for explaining the details of your technique. Very creative.

jj


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