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Hardwick Hall-2

 

A white-rumped bumble bee, Bombus lucorum, heading for a tasty alium in the gardens at Hardwick Hall.

As you can see, I haven't quite got the hang of focusing with the F2 aperture setting!

Hardwick Hall-2

 

A white-rumped bumble bee, Bombus lucorum, heading for a tasty alium in the gardens at Hardwick Hall.

As you can see, I haven't quite got the hang of focusing with the F2 aperture setting!

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Jun 2019, 01:03
Wonderful! What bee could ignore its sexworker role when the onion beckons.
Tom Wilson: Irresistible!
In coming!!! Great capture!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth
YAY for the bees, Tom!!!
Tom Wilson: We need 'em!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Jun 2019, 06:43
Hurrah for the bees!!
Tom Wilson: I'll second that!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jun 2019, 07:31
I love it when I see bees on my flowers too, Tom. We need there little fellas. Great shot!!
Tom Wilson: We certainly do - and we're losing them.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Jun 2019, 07:39
I have seen more bees than usual this year, in spite of the rain
Tom Wilson: There were certainly quite a lot of them, and hover flies, in the Hardwick gardens.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Jun 2019, 12:54
Yes f2 is not ideal for the situation. Seeing the shutterspeed, you probably could have pushed for f11 or slightly more. The f2 provides a thin focus band, that doesn't fit for a round object like the flower. Here you want a broad focus band. On your X-Pro2 I am not sure how you would do that. If the camera is on aperture value and you dial a shutterspeed of 500 (big knob on top), your f-stop should change to f11 and provide a broad focus band. Heck, I hopes that help.
Tom Wilson: Hi, Louis - I was used the wide-open setting to get good bokeh, which f11 wouldn't provide, I've been experimenting with different settings since taking this pic and find that, depending how far away the background is, the bokeh can just disappear - e.g., if the background is just six inches away I can't get any further than 2.8, and when it is four feet away, I can't get any further than f4.0 That's using manual focus of course - if I put it on automatic, who knows what would happen smile

For some reason, yesterday and today, I haven't been able to comment on your pictures - the comment window disappears to the bottom of the screen and there's no way to keep it static - weird! Just wanted you to know that it is not for want of trying!
I use these settings but have to use auto focus. If you wear glasses manual focus is not an option unless you eyepiece is adapted.
Tom Wilson: Usually you can change the eyepiece setting - at least you can on the Fujis I've had, and on my little Panasonic - and with the electronic viewfinder on the Fuji, it's not a problem.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jun 2019, 15:07
A great action photo!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Anne.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Jun 2019, 17:01
this is a fine serendipity - I love the round balls of the allium plants. They are a paradise for the bumble bees as I could observe in the English gardens, too.
Tom Wilson: The bees certainly seem to love them - in my garden too.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Jun 2019, 17:51
Busy, just like you Tom. I’m home now and trust your Zadar trip was a success.
Tom Wilson: Yes, it was a very pleasant occasion and the weather was just wonderful - we had a tour of Ugljan island across the water from Zadar - fascinating.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jun 2019, 20:49
Hahah!! I'm not very good at these type of shots which I why I rarely try! I hope that the bee get wet-rewarded on the album.
But it makes a great image Tom! smile
You didn't need it here. f5;6 would probably have been perfect
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 20 Jun 2019, 23:29
nice capture

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camera X-Pro2
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/8000s
aperture f/2.0
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 35.0mm
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