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Honeybee Pictures with a Shallow Depth of Field

by Brandon Peters in Nature

These photographs of honeybees were some of the first photos I ever took with my first digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera which was a Nikon D80.  I bought the camera at Costco as part of a kit that included a 55-200mm telephoto lens.  I remember how excited I was to go outside and shoot just about anything as I experimented with different camera settings.  My favorite thing right away about using a SLR camera was the ability to play around with the depth of field.  I loved how I was able to focus on the bees and blur the background.  I was happy with the vibrancy of the colors I captured and found the shots made for nice desktop backgrounds.

I achieved the pictures by standing far away and zooming to the maximum focal length of 200mm.  My shutter speed ranged from 1/200th to 1/800th of a sec with an f-stop of 5.6 and an ISO range of 200 to 400.

honeybee's nature macro 2007-07-15

honeybee nature macro flower 2007-07-15

Honeybee

Honeybee

© Brandon Peters Photography 2007

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