June 15, 2011 – Bee and Poppy

Bee and Poppy

Bee and Poppy

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Well hello there, folks. Looks like Tuesday never happened, huh? That’s too bad. This is the picture I was planning to post, before the day just kind of got away from me. Remember on Monday how I was talking about taking pictures of bugs that were flying? Yeah, turns out it’s hard.

The focus is really the hardest part. I mean, sure, you could just zoom way out and all that. But (in case you didn’t notice) I have a bit of a macro obsession. I want to get in close. I want to be able to see the little hairs on the bug’s body. I want to see the romantic bits of flowers. Actually, that’s jumping ahead a little bit. But since it’s done, I’ll go ahead and mention that: I figured the only way it would be even kind of possible is by hanging out near flowers. That is, hanging out near places where there’s a good chance they’ll be landing and/or taking off. Then you can at least try to just focus on the flower, and then be quick on the shutter when a bug flies by. There’s still a good chance that the focus will be a bit too close or far, but then you at least stand a chance. But it’s still tough, because bees like to go to where there are hundreds of flowers. Meaning, if you decide to just focus in on one in particular, you’ll probably be sitting there all day while they land on every single flower there except for the one you’re focused on. It’s annoying.

So, I compromised a bit. I didn’t get in as close as I’d like to, because then it would have been just plain impossible. I zoomed out a bit, and then I just took lots and lots of frames. And then a couple of them turned out okay. It was also annoying that the sun which I had been counting on disappeared behind the clouds as soon as I went outside. Meaning, I had to crank the ISO a bit in order to keep the shutter speeds fast enough. (That’s another problem. Those suckers are MOVING – so if you’re using anything less than like 1/1000s, you’ll get motion blur.)

So, right. It’s hard. Here ya go.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. 1/1250s, f/5.0, ISO 400. Focal length: duh, 90mm.

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  1. avatar
    Jack, Chester, NH June 17, 2011

    I am also currently chasing the same shot, using the 90MM tamron as well and have less than stellar results. What is problematic is I am trying to do this hand held and with the macro lens I tend to lose my focus area with any movement at all.. But it sure is fun to keep trying!!

    Perhaps taking a step or two back as you suggest is the answer.

    Thanks for the shot.

    • avatar
      Dave June 17, 2011

      It helps for sure, but then you lose the closeness, which is tragic. I’ve been using a monopod, which helps a little bit (it at least keeps your arms from getting quite as tired) but often it just ends up getting in the way.

  2. avatar
    juries June 20, 2011

    It is still a nice shot considering that its not that close. Mostly its getting away than you least expected because of the eagerness to have a good shot. Thanks for sharing your tip in preventing to have a blurry shot. Waiting to see more pics.

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