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Some bees from my garden.
Best wishes,
Phil

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Aug 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM
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Aug 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM
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Beautiful Bee shots, Phils.

- Tam



Aug 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM
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Stunning work Phil! I'm going through trying to pick favorites...
1 for the explosive presentation
2 for anticipation
3 for dof wowness factor
4 for the comp, it is way toooo cooool
6 wow, I might chop some of the right off
8 that one really grabs me

So I can't decide What a set, congrats

Tim



Aug 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM
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to you Phil - 2, 4 and 8
And a for the whole thread!
Bravo!
BeeBalm
P.S. What's the name of the flower in pix 3



Aug 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM
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Bravo Phil !!! These are just wonderful. Tried to pick favorites, but each one has something that I really like !

Birdie



Aug 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM
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some excellent IFs Phil


Aug 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM
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Thanks Tam, Tim, BB and Birdie! Good fun to chase around on your knees!

Bee the plant is called lungwort, pubescent leaves with white spots with blue and purple flowers. The Hairy legged bees especially go for it. Very hearty and a bit unusual, here's a few links.

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lungwort/growing-lungwort-flower.htm

https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=6320




Aug 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM
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Phil,
These are stunning shots! I am fairly new to macro, I'm getting quite good at the sleepy little dewy dragonflies!! But how in the world do you get the flying bees in focus? I have a 5d III and a 7D, both focus quickly and accurately, but I can't imagine being able to nail it like you have here.
Can you share any tips on how I can get started?
Thanks so much
Jane



Aug 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM
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This is quite special Phil...I wouldn't have a clue how to do these and its one thing to do macro of flowers but to get the in flight bee shots...that OTT...great series.
Eric



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WOW Phil these really shine the in flights are outstanding


Aug 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM
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No AF here Jane. Old school manual focus. The only lens here that is AF is the 400 used on the final shot and that was used manually. I work this way- I know how big in frame I want the subject and prefocus often rocking back and forth to get critical focus. The challenge with bees is their small size requires magnification and offers very little DOF to work with. Most of these bees are 10mm in length and were shot at focal length / f stop combos that only gave me 5-7mm DOF so the lens needed to be at just the right angle and the bee needed to be in just the right place in mm to get a keeper. I'm a 30+ year pro and shoot 100s to get 1 keeper. The beauty of digital is you can do it too. With patience and practice your hit rate will improve! Sit quietly and get to know your subject to anticipate the action. We are all creatures of habit - I like my garden chair and hammock, the robin in the garden has his favourite perch, the bees each favor a different flower - get familiar with common behaviour and you'll be prefocused and waiting. Yup lots of waiting then when the actions happening you can't shoot fast enough. Post your work here many are happy to help. Bon chance!
Phil

Edit- Jane sorry I should of also added that I use very fast shutter speeds as well- for insects in flight I like to start at 1/3200 and will usually work higher depending on species. Bumbles are kind of slow and early morning 3200 usually is good as they warm up they speed up, by midday 4000 is needed. Just review your shots you want to try to freeze the wing tips. Having said that some species like the Hairy legged are amazingly fast. The shot of the male was 1/6500 and his wings still aren't frozen - the female was 1/5000 a speed that freezes most hummingbirds dead but her wings aren't sharp. They are the speediest bees in my garden and as such the most rewarding because my keeper rate is so low! Wink wink.

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Aug 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM
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Most excellent work here Phil. I'd love to learn about your techniques because my few attempts have been feebly executed. Each shot is nicely detailed and interesting. The white-bummed bee shot is super nice.


Aug 20, 2014 at 12:11 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Buzz'in BIFs (10)


Thanks very much for your kind words Ken, Eric and Michael.


Aug 20, 2014 at 12:14 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Buzz'in BIFs (10)


Wow, these shots are all the buzz! #7 and #8 are my favorites. Great job, Phil!

Kevin



Aug 20, 2014 at 12:55 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Buzz'in BIFs (10)


Cheers mate. I like Bootsy too!!!


Aug 20, 2014 at 01:02 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Buzz'in BIFs (10)


Freaking awesome!!!


Aug 20, 2014 at 01:07 AM
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A super set Phil. I use a similar technique for perched bugs - never thought of trying it with IF bugs. I also use a flash most of the time to freeze the action ~ Ron


Aug 20, 2014 at 01:38 AM
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Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

Ron



Aug 20, 2014 at 01:43 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Buzz'in BIFs (10)


OMG!.Some of the best shots I have seen of bees at flowers.



Robert
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