Up, Up and Away! by mikegifford

Up, Up and Away!

I was trying for a big carpenter bee but he wasn't cooperating.
What a great capture of some busy bees!
April 10th, 2014  
How absolutely incredible Mike. Great capture and perfect timing. An absolute Fav. I'm sure this one will go far FAV
April 10th, 2014  
is this like a time lapse kind of shots? it's an awesome pic, mike.
April 10th, 2014  
This is wonderful
April 10th, 2014  
Awesome shot and wonderful detail! Fav!
April 10th, 2014  
Very well done! Fav
April 10th, 2014  
Wow fantastic, hard to get one good bee let alone 4...
April 10th, 2014  
YOWZA! This is amazing!! Big Fat Buzzily Huge FAV!!!
April 10th, 2014  
This shot is just fantastic, it looks like they have been gorging on pollen.
April 10th, 2014  
Busy bee shot, great
April 10th, 2014  
Amazing! Fav.
April 10th, 2014  
Sam
I'm addicted to bee shots - often running around the garden trying to find them! I just wish they would pay attention when I need them to show me their face ;) MAGNIFICENT capture this one - a fav :)
April 10th, 2014  
This is an incredible shot ! I love seeing the pollen on their little legs! Fav!
April 10th, 2014  
lovely
April 10th, 2014  
Sue
Oh that is a brilliant shot Mike, Love it fav!
April 10th, 2014  
Splendid. Truly.
April 10th, 2014  
Just love the pollen loaded on his legs
April 10th, 2014  
Wow - fav!
April 10th, 2014  
Fav! Wonderful capture
April 10th, 2014  
Great shot and processing. Fav
April 10th, 2014  
Excellent focus throughout! Fav!
April 10th, 2014  
This is a wonderful capture. That is what I would call pollen overload! haha
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April 10th, 2014  
Holy cow, Mike! This is AMAZING!!! :)
April 10th, 2014  
Amazing capture....you must have spent a lot of time watching these bees! The clarity is absolutely superb!
April 10th, 2014  
Mac
Wonderful progression! Carpenter bees are boring (heh heh).
April 10th, 2014  
Wonderful capture! Fav
April 10th, 2014  
Really stunning! Is this one photo?
April 10th, 2014  
All these bees in one pic? Really amazing! Fav
April 10th, 2014  
Awesome wonderful brilliant amazing. All true !!
April 10th, 2014  
Wow, this is awesome! Did you layer more shots?
April 10th, 2014  
Deb
Awesome, Mike! FAV
April 10th, 2014  
Fabulous!
April 10th, 2014  
And fav
April 10th, 2014  
Very cool Mike!
April 10th, 2014  
Totally amazing! FAV!!!!
April 10th, 2014  
What a fantastic idea. I've seen this used for sports photography, but never for a nature shot. This is so amazing. FAV!
April 10th, 2014  
Excellent!
April 11th, 2014  
Awesome capture!! FAV
April 11th, 2014  
I'll join the chorus of asking whether this is one shot or a few stitched together. It has such a great feeling of movement.
April 11th, 2014  
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Thanks everyone for all the comments and Favs! This is 4 shots all captured in just over 1/10sec as the bee took off and flew away. As I mentioned, I did try for several minutes to capture a large carpenter bee but he would not settle down. I then switched my attention to this bee and only took these 4 shots. The 4 shots are stacked and then masked in layers in Photoshop. Setting were handheld, 1/800, ISO200, and f/5.6. When I'm shooting really fast and small things like this bee I use continuous focus, high speed shooting, and spot metering. If any questions let me know, and thanks again!
April 11th, 2014  
@mikegifford Thanks for all the info... I've got lots to learn!
April 11th, 2014  
really appreciate the info Mike, thanks!
April 11th, 2014  
Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a D7000 too and I have never had much success at the the continuous focus. This is wonderful and it has encouraged me as to what the D7000 can do. If you have any suggestions for using the continuous focus better I would appreciate it. Thanks.
April 11th, 2014  
@mikegifford Thank you for the info! I did not see how in the world that was different bees, but yet, there looked to be different amounts of pollen on the legs. I can layer photos in a rudimentary way using Photowizard app...and I think PIcasso, but don't have photoshop
April 11th, 2014  
Continuous focus...You are on a Nikon. Is that the same as AI Servo mode on Canon?
April 11th, 2014  
@espyetta @kathyladley
I did a quick search and found this site with a good explanation of the Al Servo and Al Focus modes for the Canon, and it is applicable to the Nikon continuous focus (that is the Al Servo mode). The description makes sense in the article. I also have a D600 and use the same techniques on that camera - that is when action is taking place, use continuous focus, high speed capture and spot metering if in/out of shadows or up close and lost of the same colors in the frame.
http://improvephotography.com/2092/13-things-your-camera-wishes-you-knew/
April 11th, 2014  
Thanks Mike. For the explanation and inspiration. Once again!!
April 11th, 2014  
Absolutely thanks for the explanation/ lesson. Really really helpful. And was that a 75-300 zoom? Just curious. I tried some of this today, I don't think it went as well. Nice handheld work.

Going to bookmark this.
April 12th, 2014  
@adambralston The lens for this was a 70-300mm DX (for the Nikon D7000) which is f/4-5.6.
April 12th, 2014  
@mikegifford Thank you Mike! I read the link and will work on this!
April 12th, 2014  
Great capture!
April 12th, 2014  
@mikegifford Awesome. I tried to get some yesterday using my 75-300 f/f -5.6. I'm going to try again using your suggested method. Thanks again for posting all that.
April 12th, 2014  
Really fab shooting. Fav
April 16th, 2014  
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