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I find macro photography very exciting, especially trying to capture action. I shot hundreds to come up with this one image, that is surely one of my best ever macro shots. I captured this image hand held, with manual focusing, and manual settings for shutter and aperture. I tried using autofocus, but it simply was not fast enough, when the lens was only 15 centimetres from the subject. I found I was able to anticipate the action of the bees, and got many “almost in focus” shots, but none as sharp as this one. I love how this bee is laden with honey, and covered in pollen dust. He was moving towards his next treasure, when I captured this. At first, I set the shutter at 1/1000s, but the images didn’t look realistic with the wings almost stopped. At 1/800 the wings are realistically blurred. I captured this with my D300 and Sigma 150 mm f2.8 macro lens, ISO 400, f8, 1/800s on Vancouver Island, Canada.


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If I could live my life to live over, I would be a biologist because nature provides me with such joy and passion. I am able to capture and share my experiences in nature with good camera gear, and through the medium of RedBubble. I hope you enjoy my work capturing scenes from nature.

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  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    wow what a fantastic macro shot1 love the motion and how laiden down he is with pollen :)

  • Thank you, Kelly. I had lots of fun shooting this, but there were many disappointments before I got this one.

    – David Friederich

  • mltrue
    mltrueover 5 years ago

    Wonderful image, David!! Love the detail of the face and the slight blur of the wings, perfect capture!

  • Thank you, Michelle. I feel very satisfied with this one.

    – David Friederich

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    there usually is. especially with bugs lol. I’ve often taken over a 100 shots and only been happy with one or two :)

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Wow!! Great shot David, well done!!!

  • Thank you, Marvin. I am glad you like it.

    – David Friederich

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 5 years ago

    Awesome David, lovely work

  • Thank you, Trudi.

    – David Friederich

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture David…it is very hard to get a good shot like this with AF…This is superb…well done :)

  • Thank you, Donna. I haven’t shot much with manual focus. I was surprised how well I could do.

    – David Friederich

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Simply superb! St Focus smiled on you here, David.
    Someone once told me macro is the easiest form of photography…
    I’m delighted you are having fun discovering the tiny world.

  • I actually find macro photography quite challenging. Yes, St Focus blessed this image, but you should see how many she didn’t bless :))). Thank you, Jesika.

    – David Friederich

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 5 years ago

    macro is so much fun its opened new worlds, lol.. well done david :)) k

  • Thank you, Kristina. I hope to do more macro than I have done to date.

    – David Friederich

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 5 years ago

    Wow that is a fabulous macro catching that honey bee in flight. Beautifully done my friend.

  • Thank you, Anthea.

    – David Friederich

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 5 years ago

    A superb image, David, worth all the effort and the patience to get that one, perfect shot. I agree with all your sentiments about wing blur etc.

  • Thank you David. I am glad you commented.

    – David Friederich

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