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    This chap seemed to have run out of puff and was just sat on a flower, giving me the time to take some shots with a tripod rather than chasing around hand-held. He did perk up after a while, started feeding again and eventually flew off

    I thought I'd risk a punt in this forum to see how the shots stand up to more focussed, hopfully friendly, criticism.





    Both with E-3 + EC-20 + MF-1 + OMZ 90mm f/2.0 + FL-36 + home-made diffuser + tripod. Slight levels and sharpening plus 8 pixels off y-axis to get exact 4:3 aspect ratio in Raw Therapee, resize in the GIMP.

    Cheers,

    JohnGG

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    Re: A Resting Bee

    Must have been cool enough to really slow them down

    First one is a lovely shot - crisp and good dof, nothing really to say other than I might be inclined to crop it a bit closer to square as the bee is making the start of a diagonal - I think that would also make the petals above look less isolated.

    2'nd doesn't quite have that great dof - you are losing focus on one side of the bee and the leg. I always think if you are going to go fuzzy it's best to get there quickly with a much shallower dof - or to stay crisp throughout.

    Nice shots

    Nick
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    • #3
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      I couldn't even begin to critisise these, both in my opinion are stunners

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      • #4
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        The first picture is in my opinion perfect! I do agree with Nick though on No.2 that it is lacking DOF to be perfect, however I would still give it 99/100 !

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          Re: A Resting Bee

          Thank you, Nick, Neil and Edward , for the kind comments and the feedback

          It was quite a cool day but this bee seemed to be the only one to have slowed down and, as I said, he did perk up and start buzzing around again. Perhaps there's a new EU buzzing time directive with mandatory rest periods every so often

          I agree with the comments on the slightly disappointing DOF in the second image. I am almost 100% certain that I took both shots with the lens set to f/5.6, making, with the EC-20 attached, an effective 180mm lens at about f/11. I must try some shots with the lens set to f/8 and f/11 to see what effect this has on DOF and whether diffraction problems creep in. I may also find at such small apertures that my makeshift diffuser robs the FL36R of too much light so a proper macro flash might be in order. I have an OM T10 ringflash but it has to be used on manual so a lot of guesswork and missed shots are involved.

          Thanks again for the feedback

          Cheers,

          JohnGG

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