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leonardturner



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:33 am    Post subject: Bee behavior and optical opportunism Reply with quote

While enjoying some weak early spring sunshine recently two bees came into view; one disappeared, perhaps into the ground foliage, and the other took station two or three feet above the ground and held a remarkably steady position for what seemed a long time, perhaps two or three minutes; long enough for me to get nearly 40 images. I suspected this represented some sort of show-off mating behavior, but have no idea really. Is this common, and understood?

The only lens I had was a new 200-500 mm zoom which worked rather better than I expected for this situation. Camera handheld, existing light. Two of the images were manually stacked to maintain a degree of sharpness on both ends of the bee.


Nikon 810; Nikon 200-500 f5.6.
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JL



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really a nice picture, the unfocused background certainly makes the bee pop.
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leonardturner



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, JL. At 500 mm and f5.6 (wide open for this lens), even a relatively close background remains nicely out of focus. On the downside, the bee is foreshortened by the telephoto, making him look even more squatty. But it was an interesting experiment.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always a challenge to get insects in flight. You have done very well.
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leonardturner



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Peter! Serendipity was my friend--
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