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A bumble bee and a bug
Posted By: tessfully, 05-31-2012, 02:37 PM

I did a little shooting today. I have not taken many insect shots and now I can see why it could become an addiction.

The bee I followed around the flower taking dozens of shots...what a cool process to see the bee at work in many stages.













My dof needs work on the leaf hopper, but still I thought he looked cool.









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06-01-2012, 06:44 AM   #16
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Excellent work, as always, Tess. These put any macro shot I have ever attempted to shame.

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Norm, hate to break it to you but you need to give Tess the K-5. She has really earned it especially in these shots. Those bees are something else again.
What? She already practically sleeps with my Tammy 90 macro, and now I have to give her the K-5 too? If she gets any better I'll be left with the kit lens and maybe an *ist if I can find one, by this logic. At least I'll always have my point and shoot, of course if she gets really good I'll probably have to give her that too.
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Oh my goodness! I am overwhelmed by the kind comments regarding my bumble bee!!!!! Thank you all so very much!!!!!! I was thinking about why this character turned out so nicely and I attribute it to a bunch of things coming together...

1. a good camera and lens

2. soft light

3. a great tripod that easily breaks down for macros

4. a subject that was so still I wondered if he was alive! then he moved to another part of the flower so I kept shooting

5. the right settings on the camera.... I changed my settings between ISO 400 - ISO 200 and f/5.6 - f/8

6. lots of shots! the only ones that were not spot-on were the ones where he was moving

7. shot in RAW ... I had very little pp to do. I shot in RAW, used a preset in aperture, and then adjusted the histogram.


I am so happy with these and even more so because of the great feedback! Here is one more I really like because of the reflection in his eye.

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Simply said Tess, these are great!! I really enjoyed the view. Bob

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Thank you Bob! Your kind words are truly appreciated
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Very nice Tess! Lovely colours....
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Thank you Rense! Your comments mean a lot!!
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