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Macro Shot of Honey Bee

by Brandon Peters in Macro,Nature

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All About My Buzzness

by Brandon Peters in Macro,Nature

Some of my earliest pictures I took while experimenting with my first DSLR camera were nature shots.  I would just go outside and take pictures of anything.  I remember the day I captured a couple pictures of some bee’s outside buzzing around a tree in my front yard.  I was really excited about adjusting the aperture on my camera and playing with the depth-of-field.

As you can see the bee is in focus while the background is mostly blurred.  I was very impressed with the vividness of the colors in the picture as well.  It definitely was an exciting day which marked the beginning of my great passion for photography!

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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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When I bought by first digital SLR camera, a Nikon D80, back in 2007,  I experimented a lot while shooting outdoors.  I was living in a rental house off of Chandler Boulevard on Colfax Avenue in North Hollywood, California.  In the front yard were some nice white hibiscus flowers.  I used my 55-200mm Nikkor zoom lens and set my f-stop to between 4.8 and 5.6 to create a shallow depth of field and focus solely on the flower while blurring the rest of the background.  I was very happy with the results!

These photos definitely made for a therapeutic desktop background for a while.  Later I ended up researching the hibiscus flower to find out about all the different parts of it.  I love how the last picture focuses solely on the pistil.  You can see all the interesting and pretty parts which make up the flower like the stigmas, styles, anthers and filaments.

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© Brandon Peters Photography 2007

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