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Old Aug 27, 2006, 2:59 PM   #1
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I'd hate to have paid for all the film I would have used trying to get this one.

Anyone know what shutter speed it takes to stop a bees wings? This was at 1/800th, obviously not enough, 1/1000th isn't either.


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Old Aug 27, 2006, 6:50 PM   #2
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Thats still a pretty impressive BiF if you ask me. Not sure about shutter speeds for a bee but I'd say at least 1/1300 and even that may not be enough.

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Old Aug 27, 2006, 7:57 PM   #3
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They flap their wings up to 225 times per second.

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Old Aug 28, 2006, 2:49 PM   #4
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First off, thats a very nice shot.

But, i wouldnt want to stop the bee's wings. Its nice to have the look of movement there. The bee itself was almost out of focus though. I guess because the small dof.
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Old Aug 28, 2006, 6:41 PM   #5
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I've taken photos of birds on picnic tables stealing my sandwiches, with their wings out when taking off. It's nice to have the slight motion so you can get a sense of how they are moving and the grace of that motion, so a little blur I think is more desirable than having a perfect capture of motionless position. That bee looks fine in terms of the motion blur on the wings.
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Old Aug 28, 2006, 8:36 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I think you're right, it probably does look better with the wings blurred than it would with them frozen.

The DOF would have been pretty small on this shot, it was wide open to get as much light as possible to keep the shutter speeds up. Increasing the apeture to 4 or 4.5 might have brought the bee into focus a little better, I'd focused on the flower and was trying to catch them as they circled in for a snack.

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Old Aug 28, 2006, 9:46 PM   #7
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Very nice, I like it.

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Old Aug 30, 2006, 12:35 PM   #8
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whole pic is out of focus. Did you use macro?

check out my bee shot at:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/f...emberID=105097


I used the macro setting, ISO200, Flash, and -1 exp.comp.
shutter speed was about 1/1000th.
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I like your photo. It is very hard to capture a bee, hummingbird, chick-a-dee, etc in flight and keep in focus. I have deleted hundreds of photos of what I thought might be a good one. A bee on a flower is one thing, one in flight is another.

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Just spent about an hour at the hummingbird feeder, trying to get that special one.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 11:20 AM   #10
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A couple pics from my FZ20 (no add. lens)
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