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Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 28 April 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

This shot was an experiment, a fairly succesful experiment.

I was shooting with a f2.8 100mm macro in a place where a tripod was not practical. I wanted more than 1mm or so of DoF this lens renders when at anything other than a minimal aperture. What to do? Not wanting motion blur while at the same time wanting more DoF?

It occurred to me to crank the aperture down to an f20 for greater DoF and have at least 1/200th to avoid blur. That left ISO as the only variable. So I set the ISO on auto choosing to deal with any resulting noise in the processing.

And this is the result.

Canon EOS 40D 1/200 second F/20.0 ISO 400 100 mm

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Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

JOHN ... yes, I'm shouting my excitement w/this 5***** image. I can't believe that no one else has commented, but perhaps you posted it late.

28 Apr 2011 8:40pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Nice macro indeed, good tips too! Is that apple blossom?

28 Apr 2011 9:12pm

@Richard: Yes, it is an apple blossom.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


29 Apr 2011 12:33am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

John this is great and I was doing the same darn thing this AM myself but probably won't have the same results...I was shooting King Hawthornes (which this appears to be, actually!!) handheld and I tweaked my iso and had it on Aperture priorty for a while and manual on others..just messing around...we'll see..Anyway, this is magnificent sir!!

29 Apr 2011 12:32pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb result! And very good thinking to solve this macro puzzle.

29 Apr 2011 12:42pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Well-done John!

29 Apr 2011 1:30pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Beautifully done, very nice detail without too intense a focus.

29 Apr 2011 2:45pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous closeup . beautiful blossom and clarity is great

29 Apr 2011 8:46pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Excellent John!

30 Apr 2011 1:18am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Love your composition and the pastel coloring on this one and the next.
I've been checking out this little bee series. Lovely job, beautiful macros, of each and everyone.

1 May 2011 7:01am

Canon EOS 40D
1/200 second
ISO 400
100 mm