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Old Mar 6, 2011, 9:48 AM   #1
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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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Old Mar 6, 2011, 9:57 AM   #2
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Truly impressive-Very nicely done!!
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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.

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

incredible shots, fantastic!

There is no more to say.

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

Cheers,

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Nice shots and very sharp, Refal-

Good job.

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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.
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Old Mar 6, 2011, 5:15 PM   #8
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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?

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Thanks for the great comments guys.

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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?

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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
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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.

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