Day 131— Part 2 — C-D-B

C a BUNCH o’ B’s actually. On the way back from the mailbox, when I passed by my neighbor’s sidewalk-facing Japanese privet swarming with honeybees, I returned with my camera and started shooting. Aperture priority proved unsatisfactory as did AF-S focus which I recently changed to after I started taking the Photographer’s Workshop. When I tried to reset the auto focus to AF-C, continuous so I could follow the bees, my mind went blank and I couldn’t figure out which button set this option. I stared at the camera and all its buttons and menus and, like all the mad dogs and Englishmen, I was out in the midday sun so I returned home, defeated, and resorted to reading the manual. Ahh. It’s an easy change. No menus, just a button on a different side of the camera from the similar setting on my D90. So, out I went again with the focus set to continuous and the shutter speed set to 1/2000. Using my 28-300mm zoom lens extended to maximum, the bees didn’t look terribly impressive when I downloaded them . . . until I cropped. Holy Crop!!!!!! I don’t know whether I used the Fibonacci Ratio or the rule of thirds. It doesn’t seem to matter. And, I think, based on the cropping of the first shot, I could have cropped even tighter.

Here are several tightly cropped shots, still in crisp focus. Wow! Wow! All the shots were taken at 300mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2000.

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