Pic of the Week: Bee on Dahlia by Brian McCormick

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I found this bee sitting on a Dahlia in my garden last summer, it had been there for a few minutes and so I grabbed my camera and macro lens to capture it.

The particular position of the Dahlia in the garden meant I couldn’t put my tripod up to maximise the depth of field, so I had to hand hold the camera and manually focus on the eyes of the bee.

The camera I used was a Nikon D300, with a Sigma 70mm macro lens, set to f6.3. The ISO was set at 640 and the shutter speed was 1/400 sec.

In hindsight I should have used a slightly slower shutter speed to increase the aperture to have more of the bee in focus, but it’s still one of my favourite shots.

Pic of the Week is in association with Eastwood Photographic Society — photography for all.