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mikey magden
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/22/2010

Photographing Bees

On a sunny day, how would you shoot a bee? What settings would I use on a cloudy day? F9 and 1/320 seem to work. What I don't understand is why a fast shutter speed of 1/1000/f5.6 or higher gives a blur.

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8/2/2010 9:23:17 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  F-5.6 won't give you much depth of field when you get in close to a small critter like a bee. The "blur" is likely the out-of-focus parts in front of and behind the point of critical focus.
Your best bet on a sunny day is to select an aperture setting of at least f-16, shield the sun with your body and use flash as your primary illumination. Your shutter speed should be set at the maximum flash sync speed.
You will have an acceptable level of depth of field (the range of sharpness from front to back in an image), and the flash will freeze the action.
The same setting will work on a cloudy day (...although you won't need to worry about blocking out the sun.)

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8/3/2010 1:23:45 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Shoot it with a bee-bee gun.

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8/3/2010 1:23:39 PM

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