Friday, July 14, 2006


Yesterday I got to spend some time in Bethany's garden taking photos. I'm not sure why, but I felt like I was getting better results than I normally do. My usual approach to her garden is with my macro setting. Yesterday I decided to change it up and use my zoom to get up close and personal.

I discovered that when using the zoom it is much easier to acquire the depth of field I require. The macro setting on my camera makes it very difficult to get a nice bokeh, no matter what the aperture is set at. As you can see in this photo, with the zoom I could throw the background completely out of focus.

The other benefit of using the telephoto was that I could observe the bees without bothering them. I had a great time snapping photos of this critter enjoying Bethany's passion flowers.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 72mm, f/4.5, 1/400 sec, ISO 50


Anonymous Otto K. said...

Really lovely shot. I've been using my zoom lens lately with extension tubes added to give me more reach over my dedicated macro lens. It's nice to have that distance sometimes.

11:11 AM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Very well executed!! The crispness of the shot is excellent!

12:18 PM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Natalie said...

That is a really pretty flower. Props to Bethany. And that is a great photo. I use the same model camera and I have found the same thing about using the zoom to get that nice narrow depth of field.

12:49 PM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

Beautiful shot!! The background is wonderfully out of focus and your flower is perfectly sharp. That is a lovely flower, too.

Drop me an e-mail, Tim, when you can. Got somethin' to tell ya!

1:00 PM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

Truly lovely, perfect shot. The flower is very unusual. I don't think I've ever seen one like it before.

1:23 PM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Pya said...

What a lovely flower...I am sure the bee is enjoying it as much as we are enjoying seeing it enjoying like that.

But you get it...great shot...

2:28 PM, July 14, 2006  
Anonymous Reza said...

Spectacular shot. I love all of it. Its a nature shot, flower shot, bug shot (a bee, even better), macro-ish. Great composition and over all amazing shot :) Keep it up Timmy man :)

7:45 PM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

It's a funny thing: I was just reading about that very thing in Bryan Peterson's book Learning to see creatively and he said the exact same thing--using a telephoto really helps to blur the background if that's what you're after. You did a great job on it this time. Nice work!

9:29 PM, July 14, 2006  
Anonymous Jason Kravitz said...

That is a great shot and a really interesting flower as well. Bokeh is much better too... Nicely done!

Zoom lenses can make better macro lenses but their limitation is that you often can not get close enough to focus properly. On an SLR (as Otto mentions) you can use extension tubes which reduce the minimum focus distance of the lens.

Looks like your camera can get pretty close to the action zoomed in for good results.

3:17 AM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

Beautiful shot as always. Not much the Subster can say aboy your flower shots that have not been said, not really very interested in this type of photography so will assume this is a wonderful shot from the comments above. Looks good to me as well :)


6:52 AM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

Very attractive flower. Your change in procedure seems to have worked very well for you.

7:07 AM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

That is such a cool looking flower!

I will have to try it with the zoom next time, I really like the way yours turned out here.

10:13 AM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

WOW Timmy! This is a very lovely shot.

11:43 AM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

Wow, this is splendid. 1. the flower I'm seeing 2. the bee you captured. Very good macro shot!

1:30 PM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...

Excellent! The composition, the focus, DOF, bee. It all comes together. Glad to see another nature lover! :-)


3:43 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

What a wonderful photo! Passion fruits belong to my favorite flowers and you captured it in a great way with the bee flying next to it!

5:30 PM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

quite simply an excellent capture!!

11:47 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Franco said...

wow, this is also nice: everything is on focus, too.

2:23 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Jasp said...

Like a mini-helicopter coming in to land.

3:06 PM, July 20, 2006  

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