A busy bee, hard at work at the Cornell Lab of Orinthology in Ithaca, NY.
Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Close Up.
Our instructions: This week, discover the hidden details that can only be seen up close.
Last week, my dad and I took a little photo safari to the Cornell Lab of Orinthology in Ithaca, NY. We were walking the trails and taking photos of the birds, so I chose my 300mm prime telephoto lens. I was anxious to get some practice with that lens, as most of my other lenses are one flavor of zoom or another.
And then I walked by this little bee. This is Murphy’s Law of Photography — whatever lens you currently have on your camera isn’t the one you need for your next shot. And I really wanted my macro lens. I love my macro lens, and I’m only scratching the surface of the learning curve in that genre of photography. But I didn’t have my macro lens. I had my 300mm prime lens, outfitted with a teleconverter, which effectively makes it a 420mm prime lens. And, because of the teleconverter, I knew I’d lose an f-stop. How would the lens perform??
I was surprised and delighted with how well my 420mm prime performed. The close-up detail is pretty spiffy for not being macro. I think I’ll put this one into the Happy Accident folder.
ISO 400 | 420mm | f/5.6 | 1/640 sec