Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Buzz


The Buzz

Another shot from one of my evening walks at Beechwood Cemetery, this one from the gardens near the Beechwood Avenue entrance. The shutter speed was 1/1,000th of a second, so that gives you an idea of how fast the insect's wings were beating...

TECHNICAL NOTES:

With a bit of patience, it's relatively easy to get good shots of bumblebees. Personally I like to set the lens on manual focus, choose a flower, and wait for a critter. I find it a more reliable method than trying to track the critter on autofocus, which can be next to impossible even with a really good lens. This shot was taken with my Micro Nikkor 105mm F/2.8, but the good old manual focus Micro Nikkor 55mm would have done just as well or even better. The shot above highlights one of the few things that are definitely not outstanding about the 105mm: backgrounds and bokeh are nothing to write home about for a $1,000 lens.

(As an aside, B&H Photovideo seems to have found a stock of the good old manual focus Micro Nikkor 55mm. They're selling them new for US $450, so if you're a Nikon user looking to get a really good macro lens without getting into the four figures, that one is a splendid choice.)

2 comments:

fiona said...

do you use a tripod or hand held?
if i was 10 years younger i wouldn't have to rely on AF! time to get me some glasses.

SEA said...

That was handheld. At 1/1000, I don't really feel the need for a tripod... :-P