I came across a good deal on a pristine 60 AF-D Micro on ebay a few weeks ago. I've been enjoying playing around with it. I took this shot yesterday in my yard. While I was shooting these flowers this wasp showed up for a snack. C&C welcome and appreciated.
#3. "RE: Unknown Flower/Unknown Wasp" In response to Reply # 1
Thank you, Daniel. My father always told me to follow my "first mind"-meaning my intuition. And my intuition told me that the out of focus flowers in the foreground needed to go. So yes, I will crop the offending blur out. I agree that the shot is sharp enough to handle it. I will post the "after" when I get a chance to do it. Thanks again.
#4. "RE: Unknown Flower/Unknown Wasp" In response to Reply # 2
Philip, I googled sweat bee and found this fellow among the pictures provided. I wasn't aware that there was such a variety. The insects I remember being refered to as sweat bees where I grew up (Columbus, Mississippi) were much smaller. Thanks for the ID. By the way, I see that you're location is Oxford. I attended Ole Miss '90-'94. It's good to see a Mississippi Nikonian on the forums.
#5. "RE: Unknown Flower/Unknown Wasp" In response to Reply # 0
Hi Scottie, I agree with the too much white. However, do not crop too tight, I like the white leading towards the bee (or what ever you want to call it). In my opinion, in most cases, f11 is the absolute minimum, prefer f16. If you are fairly steady, take a deep breath exhale slowly and squeeze the trigger gently you can get a way with a lot,1/125 is often fine. Doing most of my work in the bush, a tripod is very often out of the question.