Day 182 – Yellow Bush Macro

In my garden is a yellow bush… well it is a silver bush with little yellow flowers on it. It is also an amazing habitat for little creatures when you sit and stare into it with your 100mm macro lens in your hand, so I tried to think like a macro photographer and capture the small creatures within in it.

This is the bush in the sunshine, I then moved a lot closer, and experimented with apertures on a shallow depth of field.

ISO100, F10, 1/160 sec
ISO100, F10, 1/160 sec

This is a wasp, I think… this was at F10, as I wanted to ensure I had all the detail in the insect, but I think the flowers behind make the background feel a little cluttered.

ISO100, F10, 1/160 sec
ISO100, F10, 1/160 sec

A bee this time, still F10 and I think the backgound is too busy and the shutter speeds are not really quick enough if the bee decides to fly off. I think the pollen on its body though is amazing.

ISO100, F10, 1/160 sec
ISO100, F10, 1/160 sec

Changing the aperture to F8, and I have a touch of bokeh in the background, but I have also moved back from the subject. I think the blue sky though makes a lovely contrast in colours.

ISO100, F8, 1/320 sec
ISO100, F8, 1/320 sec

A fly – not really focused right – something to try again with.

ISO100, F8, 1/250 sec
ISO100, F8, 1/250 sec

I popped under the leaf now and have almost shot this one as a silhouette, ants move really quickly and it is just amazing how they hang on. I really like this shot.

ISO100, F4, 1/800 sec
ISO100, F4, 1/800 sec

The wasp with a wider aperture – but he is less interesting pointing away from the camera.

ISO100, F4, 1/1600 sec
ISO100, F4, 1/1600 sec

F4, I am pleased with how close I got, but I don’t think my focus is in the right place… here I either needed a narrower aperture or to be focused on his head.

ISO100, F4, 1/800 sec
ISO100, F4, 1/800 sec

F2.8, I loved the bokeh in the background and how delicate the bug looks balanced on a petal… I just wish my focus was better. More practice required!

ISO100, F2.8, 1/1250 sec
ISO100, F2.8, 1/1250 sec

I just like the composition of this one, it is very delicate and restful feeling in my opinion.

ISO100, F2.8, 1/1600 sec
ISO100, F2.8, 1/1600 sec

Seeing the bug struggle up the inside of the flower, makes me wonder how exhausting there day must be… it is amazing how small they are, how well hidden and how many there are when you start to look a lot closer.

ISO100, F2.8, 1/1250 sec
ISO100, F2.8, 1/1250 sec
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