On a recent post I showcased flowers that are still hanging on; doing well, even.
That requires a small effort on my part . . . I need to water them every few day. A fortuitous thing that, because . . .
I’ve seen West Coast Ladies all summer long, and no way would they let me come close, or stand still long enough to photograph.
But now, now there ain’t much food about . . . this Lady was more intent on gathering what little was left than avoiding my unrelenting macro lens.
I have to warn people . . . I shot 120 photos, kept 80. All of them be residing in the SmugMug Gallery HERE, but while I will post many, not all 80 will appear in this post.
Here’s one I processed to show the detail you can see if looking at the full resolution photos . . . remember, the next three shots are all from the same photo, just cropped tighter.
Remember, also, that you can click on any photo to open it to a larger view on a new tab or window.
This next photo has a decent view of the underside of the wings. The flower don’t look too bad, either.
One thing . . . no, wait, two things . . . I normally have the focus set on ‘spot’ focus because I want to know exactly where the camera will focus, but in this instance I had a larger focus area.
That, combined with slightly breezy conditions, resulted in the focus being not as precise as I like. I was shooting with moderate f-stop, but I was so close that the actual depth of field was still pretty narrow.
“What do it mean, oh wise and wordy Disperser?”
It do mean some photos will not have the depth of detail I like to shoot for. Many people won’t notice.
For instance, this next trio of photos are OK as photos go, but I sure would have liked a bit more of the Lady in focus. Oh well. C’est la vie.
These next shots shows there is still pollen on the flower . . . and the Lady.
Here’s a few closeups, chosen for the selective focus on interesting features.
So, what do my readers find more interesting?
The setting . . .
Yes, those are nearly identical shots . . . anyway, what do readers find more interesting; those wide shots, or details of the Lady?
Frankly, I like them both . . .
I know at least one reader that’s all “Yeah, yeah, butterfly, blah, blah, blah; where’s the beef . . . er . . . I mean, where’s the bees?”
Interestingly, I had just taken the above shot and lowered the camera when a bee landed right in front of the butterfly and shoved her way under it. A brief scuffle, and they both flew off . . . and I missed what would have been a great shot.
But, at least now I knew there were bees around.
This next shot is not showing the bee very well, but I like the flower.
Same for this next shot.
To really see the bee, and the pollen sacks it’s collecting, you need these shots . . .
. . . beware . . . lots of shots coming. Most are worth clicking on, or visiting SmugMug.
The bee really wanted to work this flower . . .
The butterfly . . . she was still there, one flower over.
I tried capturing them all, but that whole depth of field bit screwed me up. I was going to up my ISO and shoot at f/16 or higher, but I did not want to mess with the camera and miss the action . . .
Of course, the setting is nice with just the Lady feasting on meager stores of food . . .
But, come on! . . . the buddy shot has to be marginally preferred!
OK, let me showcase a bit more of the bee . . . remember, windy, shallow depth of field, but you can see the pollen sack a bit more clearly, and some of the bee anatomy.
Amo end on the Lady because she was the reason I ran to grab my camera, and ended up with this whole series. So, in honor of the Lady . . .
Honest, had you told me I would be shooting flowers and butterflies and bees in my yard in the middle of October, why I would have thought you loco.
But here I am, letting you see proof of it.
I hope it was enjoyed.
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