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Bee and Flower

A tough shot one might say, but in reality it's quite simple; but you do need patience...and a nice plant to attract bees. I set up the shot and used two large golfing umbrellas to cut the wind down; one unbrella has a silver back and so I used this to bounce the flash. The depth of field is tiny and so focussing is difficult as the extension tubes render the autofocus useless; and also as the flower drops and alters its position once the bee lands. So you have to focus once the bee arrives.

The photograph was shot using the Shutter Priority settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/3.5 (although I can't be sure as I was using an extension ring and this date is not given) ; 1/50 Sec; ISO 400; Average Metering Mode; 200 mm; Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma 18 - 200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS SLD Lens on a 65mm Extension Tube. Canon Speedlight 430EX off Camera Flash (1/64 cd) with Lambency Diffuser. Slik Tripod. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3.