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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bee and Spanish Lavender

Taken in front of a Mexican restaurant yesterday. I just happened to have my camera with me. The bees were all over the lavender, but didn’t stay in one place very long. I just kept shooting until I got a couple of bees more or less in focus.


  1. That's a great picture FARfetched. I'm still working on the marco/closeup shots. Can't seem to get them right.

  2. Thanks, FM.

    You're better off practicing macro on stuff that doesn't move. :-) If you have a flower in a pot, bring it inside or out of the wind, and that will be a good test subject. Use a tripod & plenty of light so you can take your time setting up.

    With digital cameras, how close you can get depends on your aperture (f-stop) and zoom settings. You can get closer with less zoom and a higher f-stop.

    Flash will overwhelm the picture at macro distances, unless you can turn down the flash. That's another reason to use a tripod, you can use slow shutter speeds without blurring. My camera lets me set the flash intensity in full manual mode, but you can also cover the flash window partway (about 2/3 or 3/4) with a finger.

    Framing your picture is still important, but you can (of course) crop after the fact if you have to.

    That should get you started in the right direction....

  3. What a great capture FARfetched! When you look at the big size of the photo, it's almost like we can see the movement of the bee's wings ... :) What kind of camera do you use?

  4. Hi Olivia, I'm glad you liked it. You're right, you can see the wings blurred. And that was 1/400sec exposure. I'll have to dig up that Hummingbird Clearwing Moth picture I took last year and post it; the butterfly bushes are starting to blossom now & there will be one or two of those weirdos around soon.

    My "most of the time" camera is a Canon PowerShot A80, about 2-3 years old now. I tend to shoot mostly manual or semi-auto (aperture/shutter priority) modes with it these days, unless I'm in a hurry. It can make amazingly sharp pictures when there's plenty of light, and I had full evening sun there. I also tend to set it to ISO 50 or 100 equivalent unless I'm indoors.

    I'm waiting for my first roll from Clickzilla to come back from the developers. I figure I can scan those negatives at 1200dpi and not have it be overkill.


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