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Bee Pictures with K20D
Posted By: acbees, 03-26-2008, 05:38 PM

Took all of these holding the K20 with one hand while the other hand's in the picture. Cropped with some minor PP.

Honeybee sitting down having a drink of honey from my finger.
Takumar Super Macro 100mm, ISO 800, f22, 1/45 sec., hand held


Another one drinking honey from my finger.
Takumar Super Macro 100mm, ISO 800, f16, 1/125 sec., hand held


Bee sitting quietly on the back of my hand
Takumar Super Macro 100mm, ISO 800, f22, 1/45 sec., hand held


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03-26-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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Very interesting shots here, Arvin.

I especially like the 3rd shot, although its pretty cools to see all the bees swarming in the background of #1.

Regarding #3 at 1/45 sec, 100mm, and very close focus: Did you have SR turned on or are you a human tripod?

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Really appreciate the comments, Mark.
Yes sir, SR definitely on!! No human tripod here!!

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Very cool shots Arvin !! Dunno if i could stick my hands on a beehive though, lol

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Congratulations on the new K20D from a fellow Central Illinoisan.

Love these bee shots. I grew up with bees that my dad had in our fruit orchard. All hobby not full-time.

Perhaps we'll put together a Pentaxian gathering of Central Illinois folks someday!

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Now I have to go google acbees! =)
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these are very nice macros, great depth of field too
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What are you a "bee charmer"? If I had a bee licking on my finger, I would not be hand holding the camera!!!! Great captures and excellent detail

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Excellent series Arvin. Nice idea for a bee studio. I can see some summertime series where you stick your hand covered in honey in an ant hill !
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Hey - acbees: you an apiarist? If so, commercial or hobbyist?

Great macros, by the way.
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Wow, the detail in those is amazing. I especially like the 3rd one but they are all very interesting.
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Excellent shots, did you use the live view?
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Excellent sharp close ups Arvin. This is taking hand held to the next level when you simultaneously hand hold your subject with the other hand. Braver man than I am.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Techiechick Quote
What are you a "bee charmer"? If I had a bee licking on my finger, I would not be hand holding the camera!!!! Great captures and excellent detail
Really I think it's the other way around. They charm me!

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Hey - acbees: you an apiarist? If so, commercial or hobbyist?
Great macros, by the way.
Just a hobbyist. We have 30 hives. If all goes well we'll some more by the end of the summer. Check out my post in Intro part of the forum.

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Excellent shots, did you use the live view?
No, I haven't experimented with live view yet. Used Manual, hit the Green button, then would squeeze the f stop down one more click for the best exposure.

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Wow beeutiful......nice macro's
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Absolutely stunning! Thank you for posting the shot info above the image too!
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