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Sweat Bee Approaching a Sunflower

This Sweat Bee is on approach to land on a Sunflower, and has started to drop his landing gear. One of the few times that day when the Sunflower was empty.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (aperture priority F8, 1/800, ISO 800) + a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II with IS on. E-TTL metering, (-2/3 EV). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. In post I used Topaz Sharpen AI and Clarity in that order.
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Image size
6000x4000px 4.02 MB
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/800 second
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 25, 2021, 12:56:10 PM
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AJGlass's avatar

How many photos did you have to take to get this one shot where you had both the bee's body in focus and the flower in focus enough to capture this amazing photo?

dalantech's avatar

It was really hot that day even though it was overcast so I went out to shoot in two 15 minute sessions, and I took that shot in the second one. I found a sunflower that was getting a lot of activity and framed the shot with a huge vine in the background that was running up a tall tree (the green stripe that runs from lower right to upper left) and took a few test shots to adjust the exposure and to see how that vine was gonna look out of focus. I had the camera set to multi shot mode, and whenever I saw some activity I pressed the shutter down and just let the camera rip through the frames. If I remember correctly, during those two sessions, I shot roughly 200 frames. It sounds like luck, but it is no different than shooting a sporting event. You pick your spot, frame the scene, and when something interesting happens take a lot of shots. So not entirely luck, just fortunate to catch the bee at that spot. Glad you like the photo :)