Scott, very, very nice. It is great to see something different in flower shots since there are so many. That you managed to isolate this one flower amongst all others and with a bee no less, is something special.
Thank you Kent. Isolating the flower was easy FX, 180mm F5. DOF with that combo is short. I also like how it compressed the bunch, the in focus flower is just out side that group in the back. The bee I waited about 30min for.
Outstanding, Scott. Great job of not blowing out the yellow & getting the bee sharp. I like the 3 touches of red, their arrangement makes the composition much more interesting than it would be with just the yellow and the bee.
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I am glad you talked about the three spots of red. I was a little worried about the red at the bottom right. I was thinking some might find it distracting. I see it in combination with the others like you do. The Bee being sharp was pure luck. 1/125th is not fast enough to stop a flying Bee, I think he hovered still for a brief second when I squeezed the shutter. That and he had to be within the DOF at f/5. Like I said, luck!
Thanks Aart. I didn't go out looking for a bee shot. I set this up as a isolated backlit Tulip shot. After I got it setup I noticed a bee going to every single Tulip in the bunch. I kept thinking surly he will pick mine next or at least soon, not that day. You are right patience was key and than there is that luck thing.
This is an exceptional image, Scott. The way that the out of focus flowers frame the subject is well conceived and that light is gorgeous. I can see the time that you put into it. Did you wait just hoping to see a bee or did you see one earlier and expect to see another come along sooner or later? I guess I'm correct in assuming the air was calm that day?
Thanks Scottie for the kind comment. Yes the light that morning was indeed beautiful. I saw the bee while setting up the shot. I got the shot I setup for then I just had to wait him out. I was on a tripod with cable release so this was easy. Yes it was dead calm, it was the reason I went out.
I've been waiting for a dead calm day so that I can really try out the 60mm micro I got recently. I've gotten some pretty decent handheld shots so I can just imagine what that lens can produce shot from a tripod on a calm day. Anyway, it's a great shot. I love tulips and there have been a lot of cool tulip shots posted here lately. I gotta get some bulbs planted this fall!
Scott, this is great. The long(ish) shutter speed has already been discussed, but why ISO 50 (vs. the native ISO 100)? I read someplace that at ISO 50 the sensitivity is equal to ISO 100 (the way sensitivity is defined), but with more contrast and less DR. My experience is that the noise is identical with ISO 100, at least as can be judged with LR or Photoshop.
Thanks Antero. I have been shooting waterfalls for the last two weeks. ISO 50 was set in a effort to get slightly slower shutter speeds while trying to stay under f/11. So it was just left over from previous shooting and something I didn't worry about for this shot. I thought I read somewhere quite a while back that the lower, below 100 iso offered slightly more DR?