07 August 2010

Honey bee, flying

If I were still using film, I doubt I'd even attempt a photograph like this — the proportion of failures (out of focus, blurred, the bee in the wrong position or even gone, and so on) is simply too high, and the cost would be prohibitive for me. Now it's mostly just a matter of patience and persistence.

[30 July 2010, Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L IS*, ISO 400, 1/1600 at f5.6]
* I realise I've been omitting the "IS" from the lens specification. Yes, it is indeed image stabilised (IS).

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beadbabe49 said...

I do LOVE digital cameras! And that's a great bee photo!

Zhoen said...

Amen about digital. I wouldn't be taking photos if I still had to pay for film and developing, with the time lag as extra irritation. The only reason I still love photography as a source of creativity for myself.

Lovely been.

pohanginapete said...

Beadbabe — thanks. Digital cameras are fun, aren't they?

Zhoen — thanks, and that's a good point about the shutter lag on many of the compact digitals. DSLRs, fortunately, don't have that annoyance.