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Posted By: WillH, 09-13-2012, 12:42 PM

Wasn't planning to post any Macro shots, but, but, but, I shot some Bees in flight that I thought were fun! The shutter was set at 1/640s, which blurred the wing motion nicely, IMO. Anyhoo, was extremely difficult.....sweat was dripping off my nose from being out it the hot sun trying to nail those little Bees. They don't know how to slow down.






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Bees in flight or any insects are hard to capture in flight and you did well.I spent a good hour yesterday trying to do the exact same thing.Now for better or worse I will post them in a bit.--charliezap
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Bees in flight or any insects are hard to capture in flight and you did well.I spent a good hour yesterday trying to do the exact same thing.Now for better or worse I will post them in a bit.--charliezap
Be fun to see them!

If you really want a challenge stick an Estension Tube on the lens! The focal plane is then about as thick as a sheet of paper! Did you notice the Bees Abdomen is in focus but the head is not? That doesn't change much with as the Shutter opening gets smaller either!
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Wow, you have done very well.

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Very good captures of hard to catch shots.
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you've done well to capture these with extension tubes, Its really hard with static subjects let alone flying ones, cheers
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Wow, you have done very well.
Appreciate the kind words.

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Very good captures of hard to catch shots.
TNX, They were a bit of a challenge. Suppose with a couple days, better camera and lens, and perhaps a thousand shots, I probably produce a photo with the entire Bee in focus......
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you've done well to capture these with extension tubes, Its really hard with static subjects let alone flying ones, cheers
Thanks Cee Cee. What's the saying? Once is luck, twice is chance, but three is deliberate.
Here's number three:



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What the heck......one more for luck!

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yeah, ... now your showing off ... seriously, well done - gunna put the tubes on and give this a shot, cheers
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yeah, ... now your showing off ... seriously, well done - gunna put the tubes on and give this a shot, cheers
I don't want folks to think I'm a hapless shooter digging up endangered plants and lost in the horizon!
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