Honeybee on Calistimon
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Location: Versoix GR
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Springtime in Greece. I couldn't approach closer than 2.5 metres, because the bees would pick a "safer" plant. I took my chances with the 80-400 handheld VR ON. I went Manual at f11 for better depth of field and sharpness (f8-f11 being ideal settings for 80-400 lens sharpness), 1/800 for freezing the bee, but not her wings. D300 calculated ISO1,100. I set the camera to CM, (Continued High). I focused carefully on the blossomed Calistimon and waited. The moment the bee entered in my viewfinder, I started shooting. It took me several bees, around 30min. and around 50 shots to get the bee sharply focused and rightly positioned.
· Date: Wed 28-May-2008 · Views: 3095 · Filesize: 80.4KB, 104.9KB · Dimensions: 1024 x 657 ·
Keywords: Honeybee, Bee, Insect, Nature, Close up, Callistemon, Bugs
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Location: Seattle WA US
Wed 28-May-2008 11:43

very nice. Thanks for the details--it encourages some of us to have more patience.

Location: Versoix GR
Posts: 14
Thu 29-May-2008 12:35

I am glad you liked it as much as I did. To paraphrase the J. Walker ad, "Keep.....Shooting".
Michael Sharps

Location: Rio Vista CA US
Posts: 459
Thu 29-May-2008 03:04

Very well done! You had carefully thought through your shot and it paid off Smile Very nice bokeh and I like the framing of everything in the composition... nothing is centered, and the red of the Calistimon really pops out in the photo.
Light Effect 2414

Winner of a Best of Nikonians Annual Photo Contest

Location: Edinburg NY US
Posts: 10
Fri 30-May-2008 03:18

Well timed, well framed, well focused... well done!