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Old Jun 9, 2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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Just gazing over my front yard today I noticed many bees working over the clover blooms. Tested out the macro capabilities of my Tamron 70-300 Di LD. They move so quick, this was really the only one that turned out alright.

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Great capture Mike.

They are quick but this is a great result. Especially at the 250-300 range.

It only looks a bit soft on my screen, some extra sharpening won't look bad.

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Old Jun 10, 2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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She certainly is as "busy as a bee" on that clover! It looks a bit soft on my screen too, but I think I like it that way...
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You certainly filled the frame on that one Mike! nice shot
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Bees are so hard to shoot, you did well well shooting this one.
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it looks a bit soft on my screen too
but it has to be an incredibly hard shot to do
i have never got a decent bee shot

was it just daylight??
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Old Jun 12, 2009, 7:18 AM   #7
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Thank you for all the good comments. Yes, it's a bit soft, I was shooting with my Tamron 70-300mm at 300mm macro mode. This lens tends to be a little soft full out. I'm sure it was also a product of just trying to get the bee in focus while it was moving around as well. As far as filling the frame, this is a crop of the original which also might account for the softness as well.
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Mike,

Yes, a little soft but still good enough to make out the pollen on the bees legs and eyes and body. I agree that the crop looses detail.

Nice picture.

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Here's a sharpened version of the original. Certainly takes a little bit of the softness out of it, but I didn't want to go crazy with the sharpening tool.



Also took this one the day after the original, this one is cropped in as well, but I got a better focus on this one first go round. I went manual focus and got a better result. I did a little sharpening on this as well.

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Here's a sharpened version of the original. Certainly takes a little bit of the softness out of it, but I didn't want to go crazy with the sharpening tool.
Mike,

I like the result of the sharpened image. The sharpening also brightened the image and IMHO is nicer.

The second image is a fine photo as well. Using a smaller F stop I think helped this picture.

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