View Full Version : To Be or Not To Be

Bobby D
06-07-2003, 09:55 AM
It's been a brilliantly sunny day here today and these were taken out in the garden using the Canon D60 with the Sigma 70-300 APO Macro Lens set at 300mm. Focusing Manual and ISO 200. These bees are approx. 2 cm long. The first two were taken at a distance of approx. 12 feet and the rest at approx. 8 feet.

1/350 at F6.7



These four were taken as this little fellow flitted from flower to flower quite oblivious of me and my camera.

1/350 at F6.7



1/250 at F5.6


1/500 at F8.0


All have been cropped and sized for site with a slight levels adjustment and sharpenning in Corel PhotoPaint 8.

06-07-2003, 12:55 PM
Very nice shots Rob. I especially like the 3rd and last. Very nice capture of the wing motion. Can even seen his tongue on one of those, that is a tongue right?

I don't know if you had the light but you probably could go a little bit faster say 1/800th or 1/1000th and would get less be movement of his body and still see the wings fluttering. I've tried this, but my azaleas wouldn't hold a bee long enough for a shot........at least when I tried. Gotta try a moon trick and spritz it with sugar water.:D


06-07-2003, 01:25 PM
Rob-Super shots-the third and the last one are cool as heck! The last one seems to be a butt balancing trick! Funny,LOL!:clap: :clap: :cool: :D Seems like you might be feeling a little better!:D

Bobby D
06-07-2003, 05:21 PM
Thanks, Ozzie, and yes you can see the tongue. As for a higher speed, you're quite right this would have stopped the movement but as in all except #5 the bee was still hovering ie. not alighted on the flower, I thought a slight impression of movement might accentuate this fact. What impressed me was being able to obtain such shots at such a long distance.

I see what you mean, Sunny. He does seem to be balancing on his derriere! :D :D Thanks, yes, I am considerably improved. Hope to be all clear in a few days now these last anti-biotics have kicked in. Thanks for your concern.