BIF (bee in flight)
BIF (bee in flight)
Apr 30, 2012
My first bee in flight. Actually wanted to do some birds in flight, but birds did not want to fly, so I did a bee.
Used A77+70300G at about minimum focus distance (1.2-1.5 meters), zone focus AF. Needless to say, the pictures are heavily cropped (mostly 100%).
There's a way too much motion blur of wings at 1/1000. Not sure their motion can be "frozen" even at 1/8000, but I'll try the next time.
CC and hints how to improve are highly welcome.
PS: all posts are just my opinion!
But, but, but this is impossible! Everyone knows you can't shoot moving insects with an EVF!
Nice shots, well done!
Hell hath no fury like an ovf-shooter scorned.
I own both cameras and I think it's indeed easier to use A77 for such stuff, mostly because you can use zone focuse where camera uses only several closely located AF points. I certainly don't think it's impossible on A55, but it probably also highly depends on ability of lens to focus fast.
Very very nice. I've been trying for ages to get a shot like that, but the little buggers are just too quick for these old eyes....they always come out a teensy bit blurry. One day, though.....one day....
Very nice photos!As another poster suggested,try shooting at higher ISO to freeze wings.Here's an example I took with nex-7.You can see at 1/2500th of a second the wings are starting to get frozen in action.Not perfect,but I think around 1/3000th you should get good results.Of course you have to trade shutter speed for noise.With my a77,I try to keep it under ISO 800.Lower if I'm cropping the photo.Hope this helps.
I used autofocus.I was focusing on the static bees though,but the fying bee was in the plane of focus so it was also sharp.The A77 is much better suited for this type of shot.But can be done with nex-7 with a little practice and luck.
The a77 over the a100 upped my ability 10 fold.
I too got bees in flight, and it is partly the focus follow I think.
Anyway great shots.
I haven't actually tried to shoot any bees in flight (as my goal anyway) with the a55, but I can promise with almost certainty that it's possible. Here are some shots I've taken with my a55 and the 100mm sony macro (a new-to-me lens that I've had for all of 3 weeks, so not much time to find flying critters).
This is the closest I have to a bee in flight... I missed the focus, probably because I had the camera set to spot focus since I was mainly taking pics of flowers (and even then tend to put it in manual focus). It's close though, the SS seems to be almost fast enough. This pic is uncropped in case you were wondering.
These are obviously not flying... but still moving pretty fast and flitting around. First pic is uncropped, second is cropped from a similar frame to the first. Now I want to try and shoot some in flight though! I will admit to being a wimp though and the more the bees are moving the further I want to be from them... but the camera does make me a little braver!
Not the best shot in the world, but the first that looks halfway decent!
this at1/2000 is close to frozen..so i predict you'll be back with another shot with no blur in the near future..great shots..he looks like a 'happy camper' with all that pollen on him..brian
Great shots! It's hard to freeze a bee's wings - you can try upping ISO until you max at 1/8000s
You can also try going with a very small aperture and using a flash shot, with slow shutter speed....this will tend to illuminate just the bee and flower though, but sometimes it's how people do it.
That is a nice one - sharp and nicely exposed. But, I don't think a high shutter is all that necessary. It's sort of like shooting prop airplanes. Some movement is desirable.
Here's one I snagged with the Beercan and A-77. I used spot (actually local with the center spot) focusing and AF-C. They hover - at least for a second or so. You just have make several attempts. You'll eventually get a pretty decent result.
Carpenter Bee in flight
A77, f/5.6 @ 150 mm, 1/640, ISO 400
Loved these! Now I'm on the lookout for bees in the wife's flower garden..