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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.