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June 15, 2011 – Bee and Poppy

Bee and Poppy

Bee and Poppy

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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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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May 6, 2010 – Poppies

Poppies

Poppies

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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I’m pretty sick today, so I don’t really feel up to writing a bunch. So, here’s a pretty simple shot of some poppies that I don’t have much to say about. It’s… some poppies. It’s also kind of old. I’ve been posting a lot of old pictures lately, not sure exactly why. Okay, g’nite!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. Shutter speed, aperture, ISO all unknown.

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September 21, 2009 – Poppy

Poppy

Poppy

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Welcome to next week everyone. I hope your weekend was incredible, amazing, awesome.  Great, great, great.

This is the inside of a poppy. I like poppies, because they are very orange, and they are very easy to find. At least for me. Because my neighbor has a whole bunch of them. I really should post more pictures of them, because if I don’t, I’ll run out of all of my other pictures and be left with about 20 of these that I’ll have to post one after another. And that would be… only a little bit different from now, where all I post are pictures of the Maroon Bells and Mt. Shuksan.

This one is another example of using that 13 dollar reverse mount attachment on my 18-55 mm kit lens (Amazon link: http://bit.ly/11k3LD ).  But this time it was used for good, not for evil.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, reverse-mounted 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/200s, ISO 100.

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June 15, 2009 – Pollination

Pollination

Pollination

June 15, 2009

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Here’s a brand new one, taken Saturday morning (with my new camera, for whoever is keeping score.) This exotic-looking locale is actually right out front of my neighbor’s house. They’ve got a bunch of orange poppies (those are poppies, right?) that I keep telling myself I should take pictures of. So, on Saturday morning, I did.

While I was there, I saw a bee floating around the flowers, stopping every now and then to gather some pollen or do whatever it is they do. Taking pictures of bees is actually kind of hard, as it turns out. Those suckers are FAST. I mean, they sit on the flower for a little while, so if you want to get a picture of them just hanging out, not so hard. But to get them in flight is tough, because if you’re zoomed in at all, the time between them taking off and them being out of the camera frame is, at least in my case, less than my reaction time from seeing it take off and pressing the shutter button.

On top of that, you need to use a REALLY fast shutter speed to make them not blurry. (around 1/1000th of a second is probably good.) Which in this case also meant cranking up the ISO. Now, one of the reasons I got the new camera was it’s much better high ISO performance than my previous camera (a lot less noise), so even at ISO 800 the images look fantastic, and at 1600 it’s still pretty decent.

This isn’t the only bee-and-flower shot I’ve got, so sometime in the next few weeks, expect to see at least one more, maybe a couple, and not all of them are from this weekend either. Also, this just may become my new favorite obsession, so we’ll see how that goes.

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Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens.  1/640s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 77mm.

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