Final Approach

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Frozen in Time
Device Model/Make: Pentax K20D
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm, f/3.5-6.3
Focal Length: 200mm
F number: 6.7
Shutter: 1/250s
ISO: 800

This picture almost breaks a rule of thumb with lenses, shutter speed should be faster than 1/[focal length]. The only reason it makes the cut is because I cranked up the ISO to somewhere I don’t typically like to go when I’m outdoors. I got this shot walking back to the car after checking out a mud pot at Yellowstone. There was a small field of flowers and my mom was napping in the car so I could take my time. I noticed a lot of insect activity and decided I felt safe enough to approach the bees. I maxed out the zoom of my lens and waited. Bees tend to hop from flower to flower in reasonable proximity, so I set my sights on a flower in the path of a preoccupied bee. It took a few guesses, but I finally got a shot that wasn’t just a random bee passing through the field of view. No tripod, no laser-triggered flash. Just natural lighting and some good timing.

Note: Bee’s don’t typically sting you. But if you sit around, the mosquitoes will get you instead.

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