Where The Bee (Fly) Sucks...


Lubbyman

Link Posted 16/04/2020 - 23:44
Lots of bee flies around this year. They never seem to stop beating their wings at incredible speed. Nor do they hang around very long at a flower. Nor do they let you get very close. So it had to be DA*300mm + 1.4TC on the K3 and hope for the best.

Comments welcome as usual.

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Steve

LennyBloke

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 09:07
Nice captures Steve - they are really difficult to shoot, what sort of speeds were you at?
LennyBloke

Lubbyman

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 10:43
Thanks, appreciated.
LennyBloke wrote:
what sort of speeds were you at?

1/1600 for no. 1, 1/3200 for no. 2 - those wings are moving incredibly fast! Both shots f5.6 (wide open with the TC) and ISO 800. From past failures, I've learned that the best way to focus once you've spotted a bee fly hanging around some flowers is AF to a nearby flower then manually adjust for the fly when it settles - but you've got to be quick!

Steve
Last Edited by Lubbyman on 17/04/2020 - 10:44

swarf

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 10:46
They are right b****** to get sharp, I reckon they know just when you're going to release the shutter and move just at the right/wrong moment. I've got so many where the focus has just missed. I like the second one, especially the fur on its tail.

Phil
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Lubbyman

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 10:54
swarf wrote:
They are right b****** to get sharp, I reckon they know just when you're going to release the shutter and move just at the right/wrong moment. I've got so many where the focus has just missed. I like the second one, especially the fur on its tail.

Phil

Thanks. You're absolutely right about getting sharp shots. It might be because the frenetic movement of the wings makes the body vibrate at high speed, but that's just a guess.

Steve

cbrog

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 12:02
I think we are all going a bit batty Grown men bearing various Pentax hardware scrabbling around on their hands and knees photographing Beeflies and other things. Worse still, I cant get up again without help Here's my effort: K3, Sigma 105, 1/1600 sec. at f7.1. Hand-held, manual focus.





Roger
Last Edited by cbrog on 17/04/2020 - 12:08

MHOL190246

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 14:14
With so much time on our hands at the moment, can I draw your attention to Bee Fly Watch 2020 co-ordinated by the Dipterists Forum who is asking people to report sightings. If you go to https://www.dipterists.org.uk/news/latest-updates-bee-fly-watch-2020 all will be revealed together with info sheets on Bee Fly identification

Lubbyman

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 16:43
cbrog - Excellent shot, particularly with a 105mm. Did you manage to get close, or is it a big crop?

MHOL190246 - Thanks. That's useful.

And while we're on the subject of bee flies...

A complementary pair - 1. Dotted bee fly and shadow; and 2. Shadow and dotted bee fly. OK, I'll admit it, no. 2 was missed focus, but I still like it.

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Steve

cbrog

Link Posted 17/04/2020 - 17:18
Steve: Probably taken at a distance of about 2ft to 30" ?? Here is the uncropped original (saved as a jpg.







Roger

Lubbyman

Link Posted 18/04/2020 - 10:05
cbrog wrote:
Steve: Probably taken at a distance of about 2ft to 30" ?? Roger

That's impressive stalking skills.

I consider myself lucky to get to twice that distance before they notice me and fly off - hence the 300mm+TC. For genuine bees, a Sigma 105 or Irix 150 macro are fine, but not for bee flies.

Steve
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