Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bee knows how to work it

Late afternoon. Walking through Dundee, Illinois. Pass a house with lots of colorful coneflowers in front. Note that most of the blooms have been eaten by Japanese Beetles. Notice that one bloom has a large bee on it. Watch bee work. Set camera on Super Macro using Aperture priority on widest opening for shallow depth of field. Move camera lens within a half inch of bee. Notice that bee is ignoring camera and focusing on its work. Cool. Note that ISO 200 is forcing slow shutter speed. Bump ISO up to 400.

Take several shots, noting that bright, out of focus background is creating a nice effect while color of bee and flower is coming out nicely saturated. Time shots to keep the bee in profile, separated from the mass of the coneflower. Succeed. Process images. Post a couple here and at Flickr.

Photographer knows how to work it, too.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2008 James Jordan.

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